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Cancer is the second highest cause of death in the Caribbean.
There is a lot of evidence to show that our diets play a role in
both the development and the outcome of cancer,  Cancer
experts report that around one third of cancers are preventable
by good nutrition.This issue of Nyam News briefly looks at some
dietary factors that may contribute to development of cancer
and then some dietary factors that seem to help to prevent cancer.

In the last issue of Nyam News, the development of cancer and the
relationship between the daily consumption of fruits, vegetables and
cancer prevention was discussed. Plant foods, including vegetables
and fruits, are a source of many micro-nutrients and bioactive
compounds that may figure protecting against cancers of the mouth,
pharynx, larynx, pancreas, stomach, oesophagus, colon, rectum, lung,          and prostate.

Ever wonder what’s this fuss over organic foods? The term organic
usually refers to the way in which famers grow and process their
agriculture produce, such as meats, fruits, vegetables, grains and
dairy products. Organic foods are foods that are grown without
chemical or genetic modification.

A dietary supplement is a product taken by mouth which is intended
to increase usual intake of the dietary ingredients it contains.
Dietary supplements are usually offered as an addition to the diet
and not as a conventional food or as the sole item of a meal or diet.
Dietary supplements are marketed in differing forms and presentations
according to the product category.

Based on the perceived need for supplementation, the consumer
will be seeking a product to fill the need. While the manufacturer
and the regulatory agencies must play major roles in ensuring the
safety of dietary supplements available to the public, the consumer
who makes the choice to purchase and use dietary supplements can
also be proactive and take control of what he or she purchases to

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