Cancer and your diet

New research on vitamin E

Vitamin E supplements may protect against cancer of the lung and cervix, as well as other cancers. They may also reduce the onset of cataracts.

Could vitamin D help prevent cancer?

According to news reports, vitamin D could help prevent colon cancer. But excessive intakes of vitamin D could also be dangerous. What should you know?

Can diet prevent cancer?

In South Africa one in six men and one in seven women will get cancer during their lives. Could dietary changes help prevent cancer?

Cancer and diet

Diet plays an important role in protecting against cancer. An incorrect diet can, however, increase the risk of certain cancers. We list what you should and shouldn't do.

Foods that may help prevent cancer

When it comes to making healthy food choices, which foods should you eat, and which should you rather avoid to prevent cancer or help your body fight an existing cancer? DietDoc takes a closer look.

Could braais cause cancer?

South Africans are fond of eating meat that is braaied over a fire. Could braaied meat, however, cause cancer?

Is fish oil safe during chemotherapy?

In a recent survey, many people with cancer were taking fish oil supplements, although it has been found that fish oil may make chemotherapy less effective.

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CANSA’s purpose is to lead the fight against cancer in South Africa. Its mission is to be the preferred non-profit organisation that enables research, educates the public and provides support to all people affected by cancer. Questions are answered by CANSA’s Head of Health Professor Michael Herbst and Head of Advocacy Magdalene Seguin. For more information, visit

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