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Stopping Cancer Before it Starts<FONT face=Arial size=5><IMG height=101 src=”/wp-content/uploads/newspics/stopping_cancer.gif” width=87 align=right>
<FONT face=Arial>American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR)
St. Martin’s Griffin
175 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10010
1999, 330 pp., $16.95, paperback

Cancer is largely preventable. That’s the underlying message of this book by AICR, a nonprofit consumer education group in Washington, D.C. It presents some of the science behind its 1998 recommendations for preventing cancer (see <A href=”http://www-environmentalnutrition.iproduction.com/Admin/1998/Mar/15cancer.htm” target=_blank>EN<A href=”http://www-environmentalnutrition.iproduction.com/Admin/1998/Mar/15cancer.htm” target=_blank>, March 1998). It also provides readers with practical tools to help reduce cancer risk through diet and lifestyle changes. While the presentation could use spiffing up, the information is thorough and easy to understand.

There are several useful self-tests to help you determine your personal cancer risk. The book covers the role of exercise and weighs in on whether nutritional factors might contribute to cancer (e.g. coffee, alcohol, additives) and whether they can prevent cancer (e.g. selenium, carotenoids, phytochemicals).

Bottom line? The authors do not recommend dietary supplements for reducing cancer risk, but rather urge a diet rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

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