Free Online Course: Nutrition and Cancer Provided by edX

Free Online Course: Nutrition and Cancer Provided by edX



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edX platform offers the opportunity to attend a free online course on Nutrition and Cancer provided by Wageningen University. Students will discover the latest insights on the role of diet, nutrition, and lifestyle in the prevention, occurrence, and progression of cancer.

Course Description

Is cancer partly preventable through a healthy diet? Cancer has overtaken cardiovascular disease (CVD) as the leading cause of death in many parts of the world. It causes one in eight deaths worldwide. Global trends show that the majority of all cancer deaths occur in the low- and middle-income countries. Yet, cancer can be partly prevented and many of these deaths can be avoided.
Can cancer risk be reduced through a healthy diet or lifestyle? Many studies have been conducted on the role of nutrition and physical activity in cancer prevention. This has resulted in recommendations for cancer prevention.
This course focuses on a wide range of dietary exposures (including vegetables, meat, dietary supplements, alcohol) and lifestyle factors (including body composition and physical activity) in relation to the occurrence and progression of the most common types of cancer, such as large bowel, breast, prostate, and lung cancer.
This course is especially valuable for professionals (in training) from various fields related to nutrition or cancer (e.g. nutritionists, epidemiologists, health policy makers, physicians, caregivers, nutrition educators, biologists, food scientists). 

What you'll learn:

  1. Study designs to investigate the relationship between nutrition and cancer.
  2. Diet- and lifestyle-related risk factors for cancer development and survival.
  3. The mechanisms by which nutrition impacts cancer.
  4. Guidelines for primary and tertiary cancer prevention for the general public and for survivors.
  5. Understand the evidence-base for dietary guidelines.

Course Syllabus

  1. Module 1: Start with an introduction to the relationship between nutrition and cancer development and progression, and discuss the different types of research designs by which this relation is studied.
  2. Module 2: Discuss dietary and lifestyle risk factors related to cancer occurrence, by outlining the current WCRF/IARC evidence-based recommendations for cancer prevention.
  3. Module 3: Learn about the interaction between nutrition and genes, and how this can influence cancer occurrence.
  4. Module 4: Learn about the importance of dietary and lifestyle guidelines for the increasing group of cancer survivors.
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