The links between diet and cancer strengthen yearly, but it can be difficult to conceptualize what are hot research subtopics. One method is to compare raw publication counts per year as they are listed in the PubMed database. To do this, I used Google Spreadsheets to query each of the terms in the table below. The terms were adapted from AICR/World Cancer Research Fund’s document “Summary: Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity, and the Prevention of Cancer: a Global Perspective” (p. 8-9). The resulting counts reflect matches containing the term and “cancer” in titles or abstracts of listings in PubMed.
The cells utilize the same color coding system as AICR/WCRF: the coloring reflects the strongest confidence for an association between the term and a decreased or increased risk for at least one cancer type. Terms with a yellow background were not in the document list and added by me.
The spreadsheet auto-updates daily, and values may slightly change if new publications/journals are indexed. Continue reading