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  1. State the Problem
    • Cancer is too common of a life-ending disease. We want to find a cure for cancer.
  2. Gather Information
    • Worldwide, cancer is the #1 leading cause of death.
      *World Health Organization
    • Cancer is the second most common cause of death in the US, exceeded only by heart disease accounting for nearly 1 of every 4 deaths.*
    • An estimated 1,638,910 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in the United States in 2012.
    • The National Cancer Institute estimates that nearly 12 million Americans are surviving cancer
    • Cancer is an enormous global health burden, touching every region and socioeconomic level. Today, cancer accounts for one in every eight deaths worldwide – more than HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined.*
      *American Cancer Society, Cancer Facts & Figures 2012
    • Among adults, the 5-year relative survival rate for all cancers combined is now approximately 68%**
  3. Form a Hypothesis
    • Eating certain foods in prescribed amounts will directly affect one’s risk of cancer.
  4. Test the Hypothesis
    • Tomatoes
      Did you know Americans consume an average of 90 pounds of tomatoes per year?
      This is great news because a national study that followed 50,000 men for 20 years reported in 1995, that men who ate more tomatoes or tomato products experienced a lower risk of prostate cancer.
      Researchers at Ohio State are working to develop a tomato juice infused with soy that, when drank in managed amounts, will help combat prostate cancer.
    • Soybeans
      Several cancers, such as colon, prostate and breast cancer, show lower risk rates in countries where soy is more commonly consumed than in the United States. Researchers at Ohio State are working to develop products like juice blends and breads that not only taste great, but show promising potential to slow prostate cancer progression in clinical trials.
    • Cruciferous Vegetable
      Consumption of cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and Brussels sprouts, is associated with a reduced risk of many cancers. Scientists at Ohio State are examining different types of these vegetables and how to best grow and process them to improve their ability to prevent or reverse genetic damage linked to cancer.
    • Black Raspberries and Strawberries
    • Black raspberries and strawberries have been shown to be rich in anti-cancer compounds. Scientists at Ohio State have made and tested berry-based foods, such as lozenges and lollipops, for studies on the prevention of oral and esophageal cancer.
    • In one of many functional food studies at Ohio State, scientists are applying a strawberry-based confection to the high-risk oral cavity of smokers to see if compounds in the berries will cause smoke-altered genes to resemble the genes of people who have never smoked, thus favoring cancer prevention.
  5. Analyze Data
    • The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) and Ohio State’s Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute continue to research fruits and vegetables to find potential ways that food can fight cancer. Through cancer research and clinical trials, strides are being made.
  6. Make a Conclusion
    • We continue to work towards creating a cancer-free world.
  7. Report Results
    • We will not stop until we live in a cancer-free world.


Learn more

Dig into the facts, learn more and see how you can help change the future.

CAFFRE, Center for Advanced Functional Food Research and Entrepreneurship

The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, & Environmental Sciences

Ohio State’s Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute

National Cancer Institute