Current Knowledge on the Link between Diet and Cancer Analytical Essay

Current Knowledge on the Link between Diet and Cancer
A paper discussing the link between diet and cancer.
# 128943 | 1,216 words | 5 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Aug 18, 2010 in Nutrition (Food) , Medical and Health (Public Health Issues)

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This paper discusses research on the links between cancer and diet, and goes on to draw a hypothesis between sugar and cancer. The paper explains that studies found that consuming added sugar, soft drinks, sweetened fruit soups, or stewed fruit increased the risk of pancreatic cancer, with soft drink sugar being the most harmful. The paper adds that a Singapore health study found that drinking two or more sodas a week doubles a person's risk of developing pancreatic cancer. The beneficial effects of dietary fiber are also discussed. The paper concludes that research consensus is that soda or other concentrated forms of sugar, such as candy bars, do increase the risk of pancreatic cancer - therefore diet and nutrition do affect cancer risk.

From the Paper:

"Another interesting piece of information pointed out in the article is evidence of a link between eating meat and cancer risk. Since 1960, Japan's intake of meat has risen by seven hundred percent, and their rate of colorectal cancer in men has risen by 500%. However, it is not just consuming meat that seems to be raising one's risk of cancer. It is also the way it is cooked. When meat is cooked at high temperature nitrites and related compounds in smoked, salted, and some processed meats are converted to carcinogenic N-nitrous compounds in the colon; and high concentrations of iron in the colon could increase formation of mutagenic free radicals. The authors write, though, that so far none of these potential mechanisms has been established to affect development of colorectal cancer."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Chow, Reuben. (2008). Ten Studies Showing the Link Between Sugar and Increased Cancer Risk. Retrieved from
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  • Larsson, Susanna C., Bergkvist, Leif and Wolk, Alicja,. Consumption of sugar and sugar-sweetened foods and the risk of pancreatic cancer in a prospective study; American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Vol. 84, No. 5, 1171-1176, November 2006
  • Moerman, C.J., Bueno de Mesquita, H.B., Runia, S. Dietary sugar intake in the aetiology of biliary tract cancer. Int J Epidemiol. 1993 Apr; 22(2):207-14.
  • Mueller NT, Odegaard A, Anderson K, et al. Soft drink and juice consumption and risk of pancreatic cancer: the Singapore Chinese Health Study. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2010;19(2):447-455.

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