Nutrition and Cancer Risk: Assessment and Preventive Program Strategies for Black Americans

  • Margaret K. Hargreaves
  • Osman I. Ahmed
  • Kofi A. Semenya
  • Lou Pearson
  • Neela Sheth
  • Robert E. Hardy
  • Louis J. Bernard


Life-style and environment may account for the development of 82% of all cancers (Weisburger 1979), and up to 70% of all cancer deaths may be attributed to diet and nutrition (Doll and Peto 1981). In addition, food choices as well as the type, quality, and mode of cooking may play an important role in the etiology of cancers of the gastrointestinal tract and endocrine organs (Weisburger 1979). Though the specific role of diet and nutrition has not been elucidated, their importance in causing cancer is suggested by an increasing body of epidemiological and experimental evidence (Newell 1983; Kerr 1984; Hargreaves et al. 1989). Conceivably, therefore, individuals could decrease cancer risk by an improvement in diet and life-style (Newell 1983; Kerr 1984).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Margaret K. Hargreaves
  • Osman I. Ahmed
  • Kofi A. Semenya
  • Lou Pearson
  • Neela Sheth
  • Robert E. Hardy
  • Louis J. Bernard

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