Martha L. Slattery, PhD, MPH | Authors

Chemoprevention of Colorectal Cancer: Dietary and Pharmacologic Approaches

January 01, 1999

Colorectal cancer is one of the most commonly occurring cancers in the United States. In an effort to prevent the occurrence of colorectal cancer, agents identified as reducing risk of the disease are being targeted as potential chemoprevention tools. However, complex associations exist among diet, lifestyle factors, and genetic susceptibility and the eventual development of colon cancer, sometimes making the transition from associations identified in epidemiologic studies to the clinical use of chemoprevention agents difficult. Environmental factors that may serve as chemoprevention agents are addressed in the article by Garay and Engstrom. Does our current knowledge allow us to embrace these agents as tools for chemoprevention?