Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Tidwell, Diane K.

Committee Member

Hunt, Barry P.

Committee Member

Briley, Chiquita A.

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access

Degree Name

Master of Science


College of Agriculture and Life Sciences


Department of Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion


Vitamin D and calcium play major roles in our bone health in addition to roles in tissues and cells. These roles in tissues and cells are associated with some cancers. The purpose of this study was to determine attitudes of cancer patients towards their dietary intakes of vitamin D and calcium. A questionnaire was completed by 128 volunteers (mean age=53.5 years±16.6, 94 women, 34 men) from the Montgomery Cancer Clinic in Montgomery, Alabama. Cancer-reporting participants (n=59) were likely to agree more (p=0.048) to the statement, “I try to eat healthy every day” compared to non-cancer reporting participants (n=69) on a 5-point Likert scale; similar results occurred for the statement, “I have a healthy diet” (p=0.050). Participants without cancer consumed more fish (salmon, tuna, halibut, etc.) than cancer-reporting participants (p=.035). Women and cancer-reporting participants were more concerned with eating healthy and obtaining vitamin D and calcium than non-cancer participants and men.



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