Publication Date

Spring 2019


School of Health Sciences


Biology: Pre-Med


Diet, Cancer, Pediatric, Oncology, Nutrition, Vegan, Vegetarian, Plant, Plant-based, protein, meat, dairy, fruits and vegetables


Neoplasms | Oncology | Pediatrics | Preventive Medicine


Veganism is a diet which excludes consumption of all animal products. With proper planning and vitamin supplementation to ensure adequate intake of protein, fat, calcium, zinc, iron, and vitamins D and B12, a vegan diet is widely accepted as suitable for growing and developing children. The decreased levels of dairy, red and processed meats, fat, and protein, and increased levels of fruits and vegetables characteristic of a vegan diet have been shown to reduce risk of mortality and a number of diseases including adult and childhood cancer. Childhood cancer is the second leading cause of childhood death in Western society. Understanding the effects of a vegan diet on childhood cancer prevention is thus an important and prevalent issue.