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Understanding why Vitamin A stops the spread of colon cancer

Dr. Michelle Lane is a woman on a mission. As an associate professor of nutrition and foods at Texas State University, her work focuses on stopping the metastasis of colon cancer, exposing this killer disease at the molecular level. Long fascinated by the potency and developmental functions of Vitamin A, she is one of the only researchers in the world studying why retinol, the dietary form of Vitamin A, stops the spread of colon cancer.

Colon cancer in the United States

  • Second leading cause of cancer-related deaths
  • Third most common cancer in men and women
  • More than 50,000 deaths per year
  • About one in 20 Americans will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer

Sources: CDC and American Cancer Society

Rising Star - Dr. Michelle Lane

Dr. Michelle Lane is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences in the Nutrition and Foods Program. View her Texas State bio.

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