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The role of inflammation in the link between obesity and colorectal cancer

Bethany Van Guelpen — Umea University

There are several mechanisms by which excess body fat may cause bowel cancer, but the link is only partly understood. In this research project, we aim to conduct a comprehensive investigation of the role of inflammation in the association between obesity and bowel cancer risk.

Status: Ongoing

Investigating colorectal cancer in young adults

Neil Murphy — International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)

The occurrence of colorectal cancer in young adults is rising in many high-income countries. This study will pool data from analyses of 25 worldwide studies, containing data on more than 3 million people, to investigate the possible role of overweight/obesity, diabetes, diet, and being physically inactive in the development of early-onset colorectal cancer.

Status: Ongoing

How does coffee influence large bowel cancer survival?

Ellen Kampman — Wageningen University and Research Centre

Research has shown that regularly drinking coffee may improve survival of large bowel cancer, but it is not yet known how or why it has this effect. This project will investigate the biological processes and develop a recommendation on coffee consumption for people with large bowel cancer.

Status: Ongoing

The impact of folate and folic acid on colorectal cancer survival

Dieuwertje Kok — Wageningen University and Research Centre

Folate and folic acid are commonly found in vitamin supplements and in fortified foods. There are substantial concerns about excessive intake of folate that may speed up tumour growth or interfere with cancer treatment and increase the risk a recurrence in survivors of large bowel cancer. This study will improve the understanding of this relationship.

Status: Ongoing

Does a plant-based diet influence cancer risk and death?

Sabine Rohrmann — University of Zurich

Plant-based diets have been growing in popularity in recent years, but there is a plethora of conflicting information about the health effects of this diet. This study will use data from the UK Biobank study to determine the relationship between plant-based diets, and cancer risk and death.

Status: Ongoing

Exploring the link between obesity and endometrial cancer

Laure Dossus — International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)

This project will investigate the biological processes behind the link between obesity and endometrial cancer. We hope that these findings will have implications for understanding the process of obesity-related cancer developing.

Status: Ongoing

Exercise and lifestyle intervention for adolescents with cancer

Alejandro Lucia & Carmen Fiuza Luces — Universidad Europea de Madrid

Treatment for adolescent cancer can have harmful effects on the pubertal process and can affect the relationship between the heart and lungs, weight gain and muscle weakness. This study will determine if physical exercise intervention and lifestyle counselling can improve outcomes for this population.

Status: Ongoing

Selenium and the prostate: clinical trials on availability to prostate tissue and effects on gene expression

Ellen Kampman — Wageningen University and Research Centre

Ellen Kampman’s study showed that selenium is able to induce changes in the expression of a number of genes in the prostate.

Status: Completed

The acceptability and feasibility of a diet and physical activity intervention to prevent recurrence in colorectal cancer survivors

Judy Ho — University of Hong Kong

Judy Ho’s study identified that there is only a limited service in Hong Kong that offers specific dietary and activity advice to prevent relapse.

Status: Completed

A comprehensive investigation into the metabolic pathways of renal cell carcinoma – the MetKid project

Mattias Johansson — International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)

This project provided a better understanding of the metabolic processes by which obesity, hypertension and other associated conditions, as well as B vitamins, influence the risk of kidney cancer

Status: Completed