Special Issue "Do We Have a Specific Diet for Cancer Prevention?"

A special issue of Nutrients (ISSN 2072-6643). This special issue belongs to the section "Nutritional Immunology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 5 March 2024 | Viewed by 291

Special Issue Editors

Department of Experimental Oncology, European Institute of Oncology IRCCS, 20139 Milan, Italy
Interests: cancer; aging and lifespan; leukemias; breast cancer; chromatin; DNA damage; genomic-instability; metastasis; genomics; mutations
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Department of Experimental Oncology, European Institute of Oncology IRCCS, 20139 Milan, Italy
Interests: diet; chronic diseases; cancer; prevention; nutrition; breast cancer; lifestyle; sport nutrition; mediterranean diet; diet quality

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Primary prevention has long been identified as a key control strategy to reduce global cancer burden. Actually, dietary components and lifestyle behaviors are crucial modifiable factors in the modulation of cancer risk. Indeed, mounting evidence suggests that 30–50% of all cancer cases can be prevented by avoiding tobacco smoking, being overweight, unhealthy diets, alcohol consumption, and sedentary behavior.

Many international organizations have developed tumor-prevention guidelines that highlight the importance of following an overall “healthy dietary pattern”, which includes preferential usage of plant-based foods, limits the intake of sugar-sweetened drinks and red/processed meat, and avoids alcohol and processed foods consumption.

Nonetheless, there is still much to be learned before being able to define evidence-based and personalized nutritional recommendations or guidelines to prevent cancer development. A flurry of new information is emerging on the complex interactions existing among dietary components, the gut microbiome, gene expression, and cell-signaling pathways, which may provide the rationale for more-informed interventional approaches.

This Special Issue seeks to fill the gaps between latest knowledge and diet-based cancer-prevention interventions, focusing on the mechanistic effects on cancer development of dietary patterns, nutritional components, and dietetic habits, as well as cancer-prevention population studies.

Original papers, review articles, as well as case studies are welcome.

Prof. Dr. Pier Giuseppe Pelicci
Dr. Greta Caprara
Guest Editors

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  • cancer
  • prevention
  • nutrition
  • diet
  • mediterranean diet
  • fasting
  • ketogenic diet
  • microbiome
  • nutrigenomics

Published Papers

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