Expert to explore cancer, broccoli connection


CORVALLIS - A leading national expert on the role that broccoli and other vegetables may play in preventing cancer will speak Thursday, April 15 at Oregon State University.

Dr. Paul Talalay of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine will present "How Can We Protect Ourselves Against the Risk of Cancer? The Broccoli Connection," in a free public lecture at 7 p.m. at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center.

The lecture is sponsored by OSU's Linus Pauling Institute. Talalay will also present a professional lecture on cancer chemoprevention on April 15 at 2 p.m. in the Agricultural and Life Sciences Building, Room 4001.

"Cancer is a health problem of enormous global magnitude," Talalay says. "It has been very difficult to demonstrate substantial clinical progress in the last 25 years, despite spectacular advances in our understanding of the causes, the nature and the molecular pathology of the disease."

However, Talalay said that strategies using diet to protect against cancer and combat its development show significant promise. The value of cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli is among the most notable, and recent studies have also found that very young broccoli sprouts may have even greater value.

Talalay has received numerous career honors for his work in protection against carcinogens, from such agencies as the American Cancer Society, National Institutes of Health, and National Academy of Sciences.