An estimated 12.6 million people are diagnosed with cancer every year and 7.6 million people die of the disease annually. Numerous lines of evidence suggest that lifestyle and nutrition play an important role in cancer development. As for nutrition, diets that are rich in fruits and vegetables have been shown to lower the risk of cancer incidence. In addition, several phytochemicals that are present in fruits and vegetables have been scientifically established to have properties that can prevent and treat this malevolent disease.
The primary aim of the book is to educate the public about the benefits of fruits and vegetables as they relate to cancer and their potential to contribute to the possibility of a cancer-free life. The active ingredients and modes of actions of fruits and vegetables are also discussed, along with their chemo-preventive aspects.
This clearly written, comprehensive guide explains the properties of these natural foods and substances on a cancer-by-cancer basis. Thus, this book not only informs the general public about the anticancer properties of fruits and vegetables but also provides a valuable reference for scientists and other professionals working in this area.