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Chemicals and Cancer

By Suzanne Dixon, MPH, MS, RDHealthnotes Newswire (May 27, 2010)—In a comprehensive, 240-page report, the President’s Cancer Panel has called attention to issues around environmental chemicals and cancer risk. Some groups have pointed out that many known lifestyle changes have been shown to help offset cancer risks, making the emphasis on external factors unnecessary. But others argue that environmental risks are not well understood by the public and deserve both consideration and further study. Supported with solid science noted in over 450 references, some scientists feel the report is an important step in understanding environmental causes of cancer, which may...

Selenium, Omega-3s May Stave Off Colorectal Cancer

TUESDAY, Dec. 8 -- Certain dietary supplements appear to affect the development of colorectal cancer or its recurrence, two new studies suggest.In one study, researchers from the U.S. National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences found that eating a diet high in omega-3 fatty acids cut the risk of developing colorectal cancer by nearly 40 percent. In the other study, from cancer researchers in Italy, consumption of a dietary supplement containing selenium was found to reduce the chances of having polyps recur by a similar amount.Both studies were to be presented Dec. 7 in Houston at a conference on cancer prevention...

Can Curry Kill Cancer Cells?

(Media-Newswire.com) - New headlines tout the anti-cancer potential of curcumin. Is there a savior in your spice rack?You may have seen some recent headlines touting the ability of curcumin to inhibit stomach cancer in the lab. ( Curcumin is the active ingredient in the spice turmeric, which lends curry its distinctive yellow color. )These new findings with stomach cancer cells are only the latest to suggest that this hotly studied spice may possess anti-cancer potential. AICR has funded several grants involving curcumin; in these and other studies, curcumin seems to reduce the formation and growth of breast and colon cancer...

Walnuts may prevent breast cancer

Eating walnuts may help to reduce the risk of developing breast cancer, research suggests. The nuts contain ingredients such as omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants and phytosterols that may all reduce the risk of the disease. Mice fed the human equivalent of two ounces (56.7g) of walnuts per day developed fewer and smaller tumours. The US study was presented to the American Association for Cancer Research annual meeting. Researcher Dr Elaine Hardman, of Marshall University School of Medicine, said although the study was carried out in mice, the beneficial effect of walnuts was likely to apply to humans too. She said:...

Broccoli May Ward Off Serious Stomach Ailments

04.05.09, 08:00 PM EDT Results of small study hint at cancer-preventing ability, researcher saysMONDAY, April 6 (HealthDay News) -- Eating 2.5 ounces a day of broccoli sprouts appeared to reduce the risk of stomach ulcers and probably stomach cancer in a Japanese trial. Gastric cancer thus joins a long list of malignancies for which studies have shown a reduced risk associated with a diet that contains broccoli -- including cancer of the esophagus, bladder, skin and lung, among others."I have to be careful about how enthusiastically I state the case," said Jed W. Fahey, the faculty research associate at Johns...

Omega-3 EPA/DHA May Decrease Risk of Developing Prostate Cancer

DARTMOUTH, NS, April 7 /PRNewswire/ - A new study presented in Clinical Cancer Research, a journal of the AACR (American Association for Clinical Cancer Research), shows diets high in Omega-3 EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) may decrease the risk of prostate cancer. This link appears to be most apparent in those individuals with a genetic tendency towards developing the disease.While there is no one, single cause of prostate cancer, there are several factors that appear to increase the risk of developing it, including diet. In the study, researchers from the University of California, San Francisco, looked at 466...

New Research Confirms Vitamin D Blocks Formation of Breast Cancer

Friday, January 23, 2009 by: David Gutierrez, staff writer (NaturalNews) Women with a higher vitamin D intake may be a quarter less likely to die from breast cancer than women with lower levels, scientists have found.In a study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, researchers from Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto analyzed the vitamin D intake of 759 breast cancer patients and 1,135 women without breast cancer, accounting for both dietary intake and vitamin D production from exposure to sunlight. They found that women with a higher vitamin D intake had a 24 percent lower...

Seed Extract Halts Tumor Growth

Seed Extract Halts Tumor GrowthGrape seed extract halts cell cycle, checking growth of colorectal tumors in micePHILADELPHIA – Chemicals found in grape seeds significantly inhibited growth of colorectal tumors in both cell cultures and in mice, according to researchers who have already demonstrated the extract's anti-cancer effects in other tumor types. Their study, published in the October 18 issue of Clinical Cancer Research, documented a 44 percent reduction of advanced colorectal tumors in the animals, and also revealed, for the first time, the molecular mechanism by which grape seed extract works to inhibit cancer growth. The authors found that it...

Antioxidants and Chemotherapy

5/22/2007 Despite lingering beliefs to the contrary, recently examined data strongly indicate that for most cancer patients, using antioxidant supplements during chemotherapy is not only safe, it often enhances its effectiveness. Researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago and the Institute for Integrative Cancer Research and Education have published a review* that may have you rethinking your opinions about this controversial topic. Fewer side effects, better outcomes "There's a lot of confusion surrounding this issue, and the advice coming out of many medical institutions is based on the belief that antioxidants may interfere with the chemotherapeutic effect on cancer...

Tea May Offer Skin Cancer Protection

May 28, 2007 10:14 AM CDT NATIONAL (NBC) - Most of us know the best way to protect yourself against skin cancer is to cover up and wear sunscreen. But you may be able to drink your way to safer skin. To protect yourself from sun damage and skin cancer, dermatologist Doctor Bryan Chen says there's steps you should take. "The use of sunscreens to cover up the best that you can from the sun, the use of hats during the day, and try to avoid the sun during the hours of 10 in the morning to two in the...

No-Hype Cancer Fighters

The deal on what to do, eat, and drink to lower your risk for the big CBy Paige GreenfieldSo you gave up charred meats, you're using your gym membership, and you ingest enough fiber to choke Wilford Brimley. Because you know what's good for you. But every time you turn on the news you're hit with more advice on how to prevent cancer. Some of it is common sense (don't smoke), while some sounds as dubious as Britney Spears's parenting techniques (eat cayenne pepper). With all the studies and hype, we wouldn't blame you for feeling confused. The good news:...

Green Tea May Fight Lung Cancer

(WebMD) Green tea may fight lung cancer and could inspire the creation of new lung cancer drugs, scientists report. But it may be too soon to count on a cup of green tea to curb lung cancer. So far, the scientists have only tested green tea extract against human lung cancer cells in test tubes, not people. The researchers included Qing-Yi Lu, PhD, of the Center for Human Nutrition at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). Lu and colleagues exposed a sample of human lung cancer cells to a decaffeinated green tea extract. The lung cancer cells marinated...

Blackberries Top in Antioxidants and Potent Cancer Fighters

CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The time is ripe to try fresh blackberries – a sweet juicy fruit redolent of summer available year round and recently identified as one of nature’s top cancer fighters. Studies show blackberries have the highest antioxidant content per serving of any food tested and have important cancer fighting properties. What is more, fresh blackberries will be in peak production in April and May and available throughout the United States in supermarkets and club stores. A recent study from the University of Oslo printed in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition identified blackberries as containing the most antioxidants per serving...

Rogue Stem Cell Study Yields Anti-Cancer Protein

Evidence is mounting that rogue stem cells brandishing epigenetic marks (changes in gene regulation that occur without a change in DNA sequence) are at the heart of some, if not all, cancers, says Maarten van Lohuizen, of the Netherlands Cancer Institute. He recently told a conference that his team in the Netherlands has uncovered a key protein that could stop these stem cells from becoming malignant. "This is a hot topic in the cancer field," he explained. "To be successful in cancer therapy you need to target these stem cells: they are intrinsically resistant to chemotherapy."His findings suggest that polycomb...

Sunscreen the Enemy?

Wearing sunscreen at all times when exposed could starve the body of vitamins which protect against various diseases, claim Edinburgh based scientists. The news is reported in the latest edition of the Royal Society of Chemistry journal Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences.Depletion of the ozone layer over the past four decades has resulted in increased levels of UV light reaching the earth. Meanwhile, worldwide research into the knock-on effects of over-exposure to UV light are well publicised - such as the Australian government's 'slip,slap,slop' campaign to use sunscreen to protect from skin cancer.But the positive effects of sunlight on the human...

Watercress May Cut Cancer Risk

BBC News, February 15, 2007Link: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/6360601.stmEating watercress regularly could help cut the chances of developing cancer, research suggests. The University of Ulster work suggests it cuts DNA damage to white blood cells - considered to be an important trigger in the development of cancer. Watercress appears to raise levels of beneficial compounds, and cut levels of harmful compounds in the blood. The study is funded by the Watercress Alliance, but is published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Papers published in this journal are checked by other scientists before they are published. During the study 60 healthy volunteers, including...

Lowering Colon Cancer Risk

Lowering Colon Cancer RiskBy Karen BarrowMedically Reviewed On: October 10, 2006Colon cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States, and well over 100,000 people will be diagnosed with the disease this year alone. And while it is the second and third leading cause of cancer death in women and men, respectively, more and more people are being successfully treated and cured of colon cancer because of improved screening methods that can detect the cancer in its earliest stages. "One of the most powerful weapons in preventing colorectal cancer is regular colorectal cancer screening or testing," writes the...

Vitamins That Save from Cancer

A cancer diet should contain the following vitamins.Vitamin ARole: acts as anti-oxidant and necessary for healing.Natural sources: green and yellow fruits and vegetables, organic animal liver, carrots.Vitamin B ComplexRole: important for nerves and production of energy.Natural sources: chicken, eggs, whole grains, brewer's yeast, leafy green vegetables, fish.Vitamin B17Role: Interacts with large amounts of beta-glucosidase in cancer cells and produces hydrogen cyanide and benzaldehyde. These two poisons attack cancer cells.Natural sources: flaxseed oil, brown rice, brewer's yeast, lentils, macadamia nuts, pecans, raspberries, strawberries, walnuts, watercress and yams.Vitamin CRole: Antioxidant needed to assist over 300 metabolic functions of the body.Natural sources: citrus...

Tomato and Broccoli are Effective in Shrinking Prostate Tumors

Tuesday, January 23, 2007When tomatoes are cooked, for example, the water is removed and the healthful parts become more concentrated. That doesn't mean you should stay away from fresh produce.A new University of Illinois study shows that tomatoes and broccoli--two vegetables known for their cancer-fighting qualities--are better at shrinking prostate tumors when both are part of the daily diet than when they're eaten alone."When tomatoes and broccoli are eaten together, we see an additive effect. We think it's because different bioactive compounds in each food work on different anti-cancer pathways," said University of Illinois food science and human nutrition professor...

Cosmetics Ingredients Linked to Breast Cancer

Author: Karen BarrowMedically Reviewed On: January 04, 2007Even at the youngest ages, little girls find their way into their mother’s makeup kit, making a mess of lipstick, eye shadow and mascara on their face. And as girls grow older, they begin the delicate debate with their parents over what type of makeup they can wear and when. However, mothers and fathers everywhere may have one more tool in their arsenal for convincing their daughters to delay that trip to the cosmetics counter. A new study suggests that women who begin using makeup at an earlier age and in greater amounts...

Can Olive Leaves Help to Beat Cancer?

From The Times, Sarah VineFebruary 05, 2007Claims that olive-leaf extract is a miracle fighter of disease have caused a great commotion in Athens, reports Peta Bee. Its fruit is held in reverence and for centuries the tree has been regarded as a gift to the city of Athens from the goddess Athena. But in modern Greece, a health craze for olive leaves is causing rising hysteria that has already resulted in one death. Suggestions on a television chat show that consuming extract of olive leaves (a bitter, dark-green fluid) can lower cholesterol and fight cancer have led to a frenzied...

Increasing Intake of Vitamins C & E Can Reduce Kidney Cancer Risk

January 27, 2007 7:47 a.m. ESTSom Patidar - All Headline News Staff WriterMilan, Italy (AHN) - A recent study conducted by Italian researchers revealed that increased intake of the antioxidant vitamins C and E can reduce the risk of kidney cancer by 28 and 44 percent respectively. Researchers found that more than 80 percent of all kidney cancers are caused by renal cell carcinoma (RCC). They also revealed that an intake of more than 186 micrograms per day of vitamin C was associated with a 44 percent reduced risk of renal cell cancer, compared to those who took the average...

Vitamin E - Fights Aging and Some Cancers

Vitamin E - Fights Aging and Some CancersVitamin E (Alpha-Tocopherol) -- Fights Aging and Some Cancers Vitamin E (Alpha-Tocopherol) The fat soluble Vitamin E is actually a combination of chemical compounds that include alpha-tocopherol. All tissues in the body contain Vitamin E, but the largest quantities are located in the pituitary glands and the suprarenal glands. Since the body does not produce this vitamin, it must rely on the diet or supplementation for its recommended daily requirements. Vitamin E is another of the important vitamins that benefit the body in many different ways. First and foremost, it has...

Onions and Garlic May Help Fight Cancer

Spicing up your diet with onions and garlic may help lower your risk of developing some cancers. This is according to the results of 8 studies conducted in Italy and Switzerland and is in line with some past research. Each study compared healthy older adults to cancer patients, asking them for detailed information on their diets and other lifestyle habits.The researchers found that older adults with the highest onion and garlic intakes had the lowest risks of a number of cancers, including colon, ovarian and throat cancers. High onion and garlic intakes were also associated with lower risks of cancers...

Omega-3 Reduces Colon Cancer Risk 85%

A diet rich in omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) could reduce the risk of colorectal cancer by 85 per cent, suggests a new study from Japan. But high consumption of saturated fatty acids (SFAs) could increase the risk by a whopping 700 per cent, said the researchers from the Aichi Cancer Center Hospital and Nagoya University Graduate School of Medicine, Nagoya, Japan.We could clearly show decreased and increased risks for colorectal cancer related to PUFAs and SFAs compositions in erythrocyte membranes, respectively, wrote lead author, Kiyonori Kuriki in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.Omega-3 has been identified as one...

Berry Extracts Stop Cancer Cell Growth in the Lab

By Stephen Daniells11/28/2006 - Antioxidant-rich extracts from a wide range of berries, including blueberries, strawberries and raspberries, could inhibit cell growth and spread for a wide range of cancers, researchers from UCLA have reported.The researchers, led by Navinda Seeram from UCLA's Center for Human Nutrition, characterised the phenolic content of six berries and tested their ability to inhibit the growth of human oral, prostate, breast and colon cell lines. While more research is needed to clarify the possible anti-cancer effects of the berries, the research does add to a growing body of evidence of the potential health benefits of berries...

Mistletoe NOT an Anti-Cancer Drug

Mistletoe has not been proven to target cancer and can instead cause harm, doctors warn in this week's British Medical Journal (BMJ).Extracts of the festive plant are used in some countries as a complementary medicine for cancer; at least 30 different preparations are available and in Germany the insurance system pays for this treatment.Commenting on a case outlined in the BMJ in which a cancer patient attended hospital with a tumour-like growth under the skin induced by mistletoe extract, Edzard Ernst, professor of complimentary medicine at the universities of Plymouth and Exeter, said that studies into the success of mistletoe...

Avoid Skin Cancer

By Kimberly Beauchamp, NDMost adults know the proper steps to take to guard against sun-induced skin damage, but how do we get our children to follow these precautions? Having a strong parent-child relationship is key, say researchers from Pennsylvania State University and three other academic institutions. With excess sun exposure largely to blame for increased skin cancer rates, dermatologists are targeting youth in hope of curtailing this alarming trend. A study published in the Archives of Dermatology focused on finding which aspects of the parent-child relationship were associated with sun-smart behavior in children ages 9 to 12. The parents...

Low Folate Diets & Colorectal Cancer

McGill University Health Centre (MUHC)November 2, 2006 MONTREAL, Nov. 1 /CNW Telbec/ - A new study by scientists at the MUHC has revealed that a low level of folate in our diet increases our risk of developing colorectal cancer. Published in the scientific journal Cancer Research today, the study not only illustrates a way to prevent the disease but also provides further insight into the mechanisms of the disease, which could lead to novel therapies. Using animal models, the MUHC study is the first to demonstrate directly that diets low in folate cause colorectal cancer, and follows on the heels...

Curcumins Effect on Cancer Cells

Abstracted by Susan Sweeny Johnson, PhD, Biochem.,Oct. 11, 2006, from Wang, X, Wang S, Ives, K, and Evers, B. Curcumin Inhibits Neurotensin-Mediated Interleukin-8 Production and Migration of HCT116 Human Colon Cancer Cells. Clin. Cancer Res. 2006;12(18): 5346-55. Changing of normal cells into cancer cells, the excessive growth of the cancer cells to form tumors, and the metastasizing of the cancer cells are caused by many different biochemical signals. In the human gut, the excessive production of the compound interleukin-8 by normal cells can initiate inflammation as well as cancer formation and metastasis.Neurotensin, a peptide hormone secreted into the gut during...

Fatty Fish Consumption & Kidney Cancer

Study Examines Fatty Fish Consumption and Kidney Cancer IncidenceAbstracted by Susan Sweeny Johnson, PhD, Biochem, September 27, 2006, from Wolk, Alieja, Larsson, Susanna, Johansson, Jan-Erik, Ekman, Peter. Long-term Fatty Fish Consumption and Renal Cell Carcinoma Incidence in Women. JAMA, Sept. 20, 2006, 296 (11); 1371-6. Eighty percent of kidney cancers are renal cell carcinomas (RCC), which three out of every 10,000 people develop. RCC is treatable by surgically removing the kidney if the cancer has not metastasized. It does not respond well to chemotherapy or radiation. Studies that compare fish consumption with risk of various cancers have shown inconsistent results....

Vitamin D & Pancreatic Cancer

Two Studies Examine Vitamin D Intake and Pancreatic Cancer IncidenceAbstracted by Marcia J. Egles, M.D., October 9, 2006 from Halycion G. Skinner, Dominique Michard, et al, "Vitamin D Intake and the Risk for Pancreatic Cancer in Two Cohort Studies" in Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers a& Prevention Vol. 15, 1688-1695, September 2006. Pancreatic cancer is the 4th leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Every year over 30,000 people are diagnosed. Less than 5% of those diagnosed survive to five years, distinguishing pancreatic cancer as one of the most deadly cancers. As with any disease, prevention is most desirable. Identified...

Sugar Linked to Increased Cancer Risk

By Greg Arnold, DC, CSCS, abstracted from "Fasting Serum Glucose Level and Cancer Risk in Korean Men and Women" in the January 12, 2005 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. America's love affair with sugar is taking a toll on our health. It is estimated that the average American consumes 150 pounds of sugar each year. With this sugar consumption, we have seen a doubling in the rate of overweight and obese children and adolescents in the past 20 years. The World Health Organization has finally taken a stand on sugar and singled it out as a...

Reduce Prostate Cancer

UCLA study shows altering fatty acid levels in diet may reduce prostate cancer growth rate August 1, 2006 UCLA researchers found that altering the fatty acid ratio found in the typical Western diet to include more omega-3 fatty acids and decrease the amount of omega-6 fatty acids may reduce prostate cancer tumor growth rates and PSA levels. Published in the Aug. 1 issue of the journal Clinical Cancer Research, this initial animal-model study is one of the first to show the impact of diet on lowering an inflammatory response known to promote prostate cancer tumor progression and could lead to...

Help Promote Colon Health

Flavonoids Now Found to Help Promote Colon Health By Greg Arnold, DC, CSCS, September 11, 2006, abstracted from "Flavonoids and Colorectal Cancer in Italy" in the August 2006 issue of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention. As a group of over 5,000 compounds contained in fruits and vegetables, flavonoids have been found to possess a number of health benefits, including helping maintain cell and blood vessel health as well as being a very potent antioxidant. It is widely believed that flavonoids play the central role in the health properties of fruits and vegetables. However, with all the attention flavonoids have received...




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