A free cancer prevention and survival cooking course of eight Tuesday classes begins Tuesday, April 3rd at the Los Angeles Public Library, Playa Vista Branch, 6400 Playa Vista Drive, Playa Vista.

Sponsored by The Cancer Project, the classes will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. There will be no class May 15th and the last class scheduled is May 29th, according to Edith Sodolo, spokesperson for Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.

Participants will learn how proper diet can help them prevent and survive cancer, according to The Cancer Project, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing cancer prevention through education and research.

Each class centers on cancer nutrition topics, as local cooking instructor Kate Oakland guides students through the preparation of tasty and easy-to-prepare meals, said Sodolo.

The Tuesday classes scheduled are:

— April 3rd ñ Fueling up on low-fat foods;

— April 10th ñ Favoring fiber;

— April 17th ñ Discovering dairy alternatives;

— April 24th ñ Replacing meat;

— May 1st ñ Planning healthy meals;

— May 8th ñ Antioxidants and phytochemicals;

— May 22nd ñ Immune-boosting foods; and

— May 29th ñ Maintaining a healthy weight.

“The single easiest and best thing most of us can do to prevent cancer or its recurrence is to eat right,” says Jennifer Reilly, senior nutritionist for The Cancer Project. “More than a third of all cancer deaths in this country are due to poor diet.”

The Cancer Project is a collaborative effort of physicians, researchers and nutritionists who have joined together to educate the public about the benefits of a healthy diet for cancer prevention and survival.

Based in Washington, D.C., The Cancer Project is an affiliate of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.

Information, www.CancerProj ect.org/.