Natural products in the prevention of cancer: A review

Kelly C. Heim, Michael J. Spinella

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Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for nearly one of every four deaths. An estimated 1,665,540 new cancer diagnoses and about 585,720 cancer-related mortalities were expected in 2014. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), total cancer costs were approximately $216.6 billion in 2009 (ACS Cancer Facts & Figures 2014). Longer life expectancies were accountable, in part, for the increasing prevalence of cancer and its financial burden. While considerable progress has been made in antineoplastic drug development, mitigation of existing cancers is limited by the toxicity of these agents. Despite a rapidly evolving repertoire of molecular therapeutics in clinical oncology, the majority of malignancies remain incurable.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationNutraceuticals and Functional Foods in Human Health and Disease Prevention
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages30
ISBN (Electronic)9781482237221
ISBN (Print)9781482237214
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine
  • General Engineering
  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences


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