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Cancer Risk Reduction Pathfinder

News on television and the Internet, and in newspapers and magazines, is full of reports about foods, dietary supplements and other substances that may reduce the risk of cancer. Since different studies often report conflicting results, individuals continue to be best served by discussion of their health concerns with their physicians, dietitians, and related medical professionals. The pace of research in the areas of genetics, molecular biology, and nutrition science is staggering. Staff in the Health Learning Centers at Northwestern Memorial Hospital can perform specialized research that will help you learn about the latest studies regarding diet, cancer risk reduction, and related health topics.

Internet Resources Books Journal Articles Support

Internet Resources

American Cancer Society
One of the most respected of all not-for-profit organizations in the United States, the American Cancer Society makes outstanding resources available to patients, families and caregivers.
Provides access to authoritative documents from the National Cancer Institute, including information about treatment, supportive care and clinical trials.
MedlinePlus: Cancer (General)
Developed at the National Library of Medicine specifically for consumers, this site is a portal for both government- sponsored and privately developed health information targeting the lay public. Scroll to Prevention/Screening to link to a variety of resources about cancer risk reduction, prevention, and control.
Women's Health Initiative Participant Website
Learn more about the Women's Health Initiative on this page.


Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity, and the Prevention of Cancer: A Global Perspective. American Institute for Cancer Research. 2007.
American Cancer Society's Complete Guide to Colorectal Cancer. Levin B, ed. 2006.
American Cancer Society's Healthy Eating Cookbook: A Celebration of Food, Friends, and Healthy Living. American Cancer Society. 2003.
Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention. Schottenfeld D, ed. 2006.
Cancer Prevention: Gale Encyclopedia of Cancer 2. v. 1: 206-208. Longe J. Ed. 2006. Available in print at the Health Learning Center or electronically at
Cancer Sourcebook for Women. Sutton AL, ed. 2006.
Choices: The Most Complete Sourcebook for Cancer Information. Morra M. 2003.

Journal Articles

"Blood Pressure Drugs May Fight Cancer, Too". Anonymous. 2004. Harvard Heart Letter 15(2):7.
"Cancer Protection". Anonymous. 2005. Harvard Health Letter 30(12):7.
"Dietary Fiber and Colon Cancer: The Pendulum Swings (Again)". Anonymous. 2005. Harvard Men's Health Watch 10(1):1-5.
"Sunscreen. From Buying to Applying. Anonymous". 2004. Mayo Clinic Health Letter 22(5):6.
"Women's Study Finds Vitamin E, Aspirin Not So Helpful". Anonymous. 2005. Harvard Women's Health Watch 13(1):6.
Cancer Survival Improving: Treatments, Early Diagnosis Key. Mayo Clinic Health Letter. 24(11):1-3. November 2006.
Medical Memo: High-Dose Radiotherapy for Prostate Cancer. Harvard Men's Health Watch. 11(9):6. April 2007.
Predicting Cancer Outcome after Prostate Removal. Mayo Clinic Health Letter. 24(7):4. July 2006.
Prostate Cancer in Younger and Older Men. Harvard Men's Health Watch, 10(10):6-8. May 2006.
Treating Prostate Cancer. Harvard Men's Health Watch. 11(1):7-8. August 2006.
When Watchful Waiting Is the Right Choice for Prostate Cancer. Johns Hopkins Medical Letter, Health After 50. 18(8):1-2. October 2006.


The Lurie Cancer Center's Supportive Oncology Program along with Northwestern Memorial Hospital's Health Learning Center has joined forces with the American Cancer Society's Patient Navigator Program to provide assistance to patients and families dealing with cancer. To take advantage of this unique service, provided by a licensed clinical social worker, call 312-926-4282.