Published on March 14, 2019
The Prevent Cancer Foundation® was saddened to learn of Dr. Paul Talalay’s death. Dr. Talalay was an endocrinologist who foresaw that food nutrients could reduce cancer risks long before most of his colleagues understood some cancers are preventable. The Foundation was a supporter of his work, funding some of his initial research on the benefits of broccoli and broccoli sprouts for cancer prevention.
Dr. Talalay began researching the complex web of protective proteins in the cells of our bodies. He discovered that sulforaphane, a beneficial chemical compound found at high levels in broccoli and broccoli sprouts, could bind to a protein inside cells and help cells resist toxic substances. His research captured the imaginations of countless doctors and scientists and opened the door for researchers to explore how certain foods may prevent cancer. The Foundation is proud to have played an early role in his important work.
“Dr. Talalay was truly a pioneer in the field of cancer prevention,” said Carolyn Aldigé, Founder and CEO of the Prevent Cancer Foundation®. “It is because of his groundbreaking research that we understand the part our diets can play in preventing cancer. Our hearts go out to his family, friends, and fellow scholars and researchers as they grieve this tremendous loss. His is a life well-lived.”
In addition to showing that a healthy diet can help prevent cancer, Dr. Talalay was passionate about advocating for healthy behaviors and saving lives through cancer prevention.
It’s challenging and difficult sometimes to build acceptance, but it needs to be embraced. Prevention really works.
–Dr. Paul Talalay