Nutrition Before During and After Cancer

Information on nutritional needs for cancer patients

Energy Balance and Body Fatness: AICR Report

With over 70% of Americans living with overweight or obesity, this factor is projected to overtake smoking as the biggest preventable cause of cancer. Understanding the contributing factors and causes of excess body fat are key to creating policies and interventions that will help make a difference in cancer prevention.

Energy Balance


Things that we have learned about Cancer Prevention

  • Tea, flavonoids, may lower early mortality risk: older women who drank tea and ate other foods high in flavonoids had a lower risk of earlier mortality from cancer and cardiovascular disease.


  • Shrink your plates, portions, packages – eat less: Shrink your plate, silverware, and portion size and there’s a good chance you’ll eat less, potentially a lot less, suggests a recent analysis of studies.

Small Portion

  • Vitamin D, calcium supplements do not reduce colorectal cancer risk: For those who have had possible precancerous growths removed from their colon/rectum – common among adults – taking vitamin D and/or calcium supplements does not reduce the risk of developing further growths.
  • Sitting less and moving more links to lower risk of chronic diseases, such as cancer: Activity Lowers Risk of Cancer Mortality for Survivors. General public and cancer survivors, being physically active for two to three hours a week reduces the risk of dying from cancer when compared to those who are inactive. For cancer survivors, the lower risk of dying from cancer was especially strong when survivors were active after they were diagnosed.


  • Eat healthy, be active: A major new review of the evidence concludes that for the 86 million Americans at risk of developing type 2 diabetes, individuals can reduce their risk of this disease by participating in a program that combines both diet and physical activity. That also means lower risk for many cancers.
  • World Health Organization categorizes processed meat as a carcinogen: Bacon, Hot Dogs and Lunch Meat – Is it Processed Meat? AICR has included avoiding processed meat as one of the recommendations for cancer prevention since 2007
meat delicacies

Meat Delicacies, Ham, Sausage, Salami, Hot dogs, Small sausages

  •  Coffee links to lower risk of liver cancer: The study finds that drinking up to five cups of coffee a day links to living longer, and lower risk of dying from type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, when compared to non-coffee drinkers

Hot Coffee

  • Limiting red meat and added sugar: these two changes that can help lower cancer risk. Guidelines Advisory Committee report is the scientific foundation for the Dietary Guidelines for Americans in 2016.
  • Cancer cases increasing in low-income countries; there are rising numbers of breast, colorectal and other common cancers, finds a new study, due in part to increases in obesity, inactivity and smoking around the world.
  • Obesity now links to 10 cancers.