Mississippi State University
Tidwell, Diane K.
Hunt, Barry P.
Briley, Chiquita A.
Date of Degree
Graduate Thesis - Open Access
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.
Howard, Gwendolyn McNeely, "Roles of Vitamin D and Calcium in Cancer and Diet History of Vitamin D and Calcium in Cancer Patients and Participants without Cancer" (2012). Theses and Dissertations. 3841.