Carcinogenesis and Cancer Prevention

Cancer is now the leading cause of death for those younger than 85 years old and the number of cancer deaths continues to increase. Despite great efforts in developing cancer therapies, there are limited treatment options for late-stage disease due to heterogeneity and complexity of advanced cancers. On the other hand, it is estimated that up to 50% of cancer deaths could be prevented through modifiable lifestyle factors and appropriate use of available screening for early detection of cancers. Prevention of primary tumors and their spread are critical to reduce cancer mortality.

Carcinogenesis and cancer prevention research have been ongoing for many years in the Department of Nutrition Science. The study of cancer risk factors such as obesity and cancer prevention via dietary factors such as vitamin D, vitamin E forms and other plant-based bioactives are current research areas.  The faculty involved in cancer-related projects projects utilize a variety of approaches from molecular and cellular to population studies to address these health problems. In addition, there are strong collaborations with other Purdue faculty and the Purdue University Center for Cancer Research (PUCCR)

Contributors in the Department

Resources Available

In addition to the excellent resources available within the Department of Nutrition Science, there are other campus-wide resources for research and training in carcinogenesis and cancer prevention such as the Purdue University Center for Cancer Research (PUCCR) and the Women's Global Health Institute (WGHI).


The Department of Nutrition Science shares information on nutrition and cancer prevention to extension educators throughout the state of Indiana using Adobe Connect. 


Information about carcinogenesis and cancer prevention permeates the undergraduate and graduate curriculum. For example, lectures in undergraduate courses such as Introduction to Nutrition and Fundamentals of Nutrition present the concept of cancer prevention and recent research results from Nutrition Science faculty.  In addition, the Department of Nutrition Science also offers a graduate level course, Nutrition and Cancer Prevention.


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