Research Commentary| Volume 118, ISSUE 4, P550-554, April 2018

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Nutrition and Cancer Research: Resources for the Nutrition and Dietetics Practitioner

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      This issue focuses on issues in the intersection of nutrition science and cancer prevention research. In this commentary, we provide a high-level orientation for readers to nutrition and cancer. We begin by reviewing the burden of cancer, which has necessitated public policy recommending improvements to diet for the prevention of cancer in the United States, although this is true of many other countries as well. These policy recommendations are based on a critical review of scientific evidence linking diet and cancer. We then discuss the inconsistencies in the nutrition–cancer scientific literature and the subsequent issues registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) face when translating this literature in clinic settings. We conclude with some resources for practitioners and general guidance.


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      N. J. Emenaker is a program officer, Nutritional Science Research Group, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD.


      A. J. Vargas is a health science policy analyst and executive secretary, National Institutes of Health Prevention Research Coordinating Committee, Office of Disease Prevention, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD.