Friday Quiz: Test Your Cancer Prevention Knowledge

Have you been reading our blog lately? We’ve posted some exciting research reports and interviews with researchers from our conference as well as information about the weekly Health-e-Recipe. Take the quiz and then link to the related blog postings from the answers below.

1.  What are SOFAS?

a.            Furniture you sit on to watch TV; couches
b.            Stretch Out For Activity Sessions
c.            Solid Fats and Added Sugar

2.  What amount of broccoli sprouts contains the level of sulforaphane used in lab studies that led to epigenetic changes resulting in reduced telomerase in cells?

a.            5 cups
b.            1 cup
c.            2 Tablespoons

3.            True or False.  If you haven’t been active or eaten a healthy diet by the time you’re 70, it’s too late to do anything to lower your cancer risk.

4.            True or False.  The bacteria that live in our gut may play a role in cancer prevention.

5.            True or False:  Some day there may be dietary guidelines for preventing DNA damage.

6.            AICR’s Health-e-Recipe this week contains what healthy food(s)?

a.            Almonds
b.            Figs
c.            Both

7.  True or False:  Sedentary behavior may increase cancer risk.

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From the AICR Research Conference: Dr. JoEllen Welsh on Vitamin D and Breast Cancer

Dr. Welsh chaired our 2010 research conference and its plenary session on aging, diet, physical activity and cancer, but she also presented on her own research involving vitamin D and breast cancer.

Dr. Welsh reviews her presentation, and shares some of the implications of her cutting-edge, AICR-supported research.

Here’s a handy glossary to some of the terms she uses with which you might be unfamiliar:

“…knockout of the vdr…”:  Here, she’s talking about working w/an organism whose breast cells don’t respond to the presence of vitamin D, and tracking how this affects the way its breast tissue responds.  Her work suggests that vitamin D plays an important role in governing the breast’s immune response.

“…cytokines...”:  These are the cellular message-carriers of our immune system — they help our bodies defend against infections by passing along information and regulating our immune response.

“…the neonate…”:  The newborn.


From the AICR Research Conference: Dr. Michael Fenech on DNA Damage

We caught up with the internationally renowned Dr. Michael Fenech of CSIRO Food and Nutrition Sciences in Adelaide, Australia, who presented at the 2010 AICR Research Conference during its opening plenary session.  His talk focused on the issue of DNA damage, which is a fundamental cause of many diseases and a key component in cancer development.  He reviewed data showing that many dietary nutrients interact with enzymes involved with DNA maintenance and repair, and laid out a roadmap that may ultimately lead to dietary guidelines for preventing DNA damage.

Dr. Fenech is highly regarded in the international research community for developing a means to measure DNA damage in human cells.