Dietary Protein and Cancer

  • Willard J. Visek
  • Stephen K. Clinton
Part of the Human Nutrition book series (HUNU, volume 7)


The average life expectancy for Americans has increased by almost 25 years since 1900. Eighty-five years ago infectious diseases were the leading cause of death. In the growing population of industrial workers of that time, accidents were also a major cause of morbidity and shortened lifespan. The significant gains in life expectancy have been largely due to improved preventive measures facilitated by advances in sanitation, nutrition, and industrial health. Prolongation of survival has produced a population of aged people with high rates of cardiovascular disease and cancer. Together, these diseases currently account for approximately 70% of deaths in the United States. Consequently, a major fraction of our health care expenditures and allocations of funds for biomedical research has been directed to the treatment of these diseases. Despite these efforts, overall age-adjusted mortality from cancer has remained remarkably constant, although there have been dramatic reductions in mortality from some of the rarer forms of neoplasia, like Hodgkin’s disease, childhood leukemia, and testicular cancer. The slow progress in the therapy of major cancers, as perceived by the public and lawmakers, has stimulated a resurgence of interest in cancer causation and prevention.


Protein Intake Dietary Protein Colon Carcinogenesis Mammary Carcinogenesis Syrian Golden Hamster 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Willard J. Visek
    • 1
  • Stephen K. Clinton
    • 2
  1. 1.Division of Nutritional Sciences, Department of Internal MedicineCollege of Medicine, University of IllinoisUrbanaUSA
  2. 2.The Dana-Farber Cancer InstituteHarvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA

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