Prostate Cancer, Inflammation and Vitamin D

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A new study published in the journal Prostate concluded that inflammation may be the link between Vitamin D and prostate cancer. Specifically the study demonstrated that the gene GDF-15, known to be upregulated by Vitamin D, is missing in samples of human prostate cancer driven by inflammation.  The researchers wanted to determine what genes Vitamin D is turning off in prostate cancer because it was known that putting vitamin D on prostate...

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Can Prostate Cancer Be Detected with Urine?

Posted by in Blog, cancer, cancer detection, cancer research, prostate cancer

A new study published in the Journal of Molecular Diagnostics concluded that a set of RNA molecules could be detected in tissue samples and the urine of prostate cancer patients but not in normal healthy individuals. These results could mean the development of more sensitive and specific non-invasive tests for prostate cancer than currently available and could reduce the need for many prostate biopsies. Current methods of testing for high...

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Can Lung Cancer Remain Hidden for 20 Years?

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A new study published in Science concluded that lung cancer can be dormant for over 20 years before becoming an aggressive form of cancer. Studying 7 patients who were smokers, never smokers, and ex-smokers they found that after the first genetic mistake that caused the cancer it could exist undetected for many years until new additional faults trigger rapid growth of the disease. Their goal is to improve detection and reduce the devastating...

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Is Melanoma Linked to Socioeconomic Factors and Fashion Trends?

Posted by in Blog, cancer, cancer research, cancer risk, melanoma, skin cancer

Retrospective research published in a recent issue of the American Journal of Public Health concluded that extenuating factors such as socioeconomic and fashion trends  have contributed to the increase of melanoma over the past century. Believing that early diagnosis and improved reporting practices  do not fully explain the steady increase in melanoma they explored factors that may also have contributed to the increase in the United States....

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Non Small Cell Lung Cancer Suppressed by Combining microRNA therapy

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In a new study published in online journal Oncogene researchers concluded that combining two microRNAs in an animal model of non-small-cell lung cancer suppressed tumor growth. This research may offer a less toxic and more direct method for targeting relevant pathways used by tumor cells. This research supplements clinical trials and pre-clinical models evaluating  single microRNAs as key therapeutic agents for cancer.   Researchers said...

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Can Prostate Cancer be Confirmed Without a Biopsy?

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The Prostate Health Index (phi), a simple, non-invasive blood test that is three times more specific than the PSA to detect prostate cancer is now available according to a report in Science Digest. This may reduce the need for men to need a biopsy, when they test positive for prostate cancer using  a PSA test. Researchers said, “The PSA test is based on the fact that men with higher levels of PSA protein are more likely to have prostate...

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Can the Metastasis of Cancer Cells be Prevented?

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In a recent study published in the journal Cell Reports  researchers reported that they successfully performed the first ever block of tumor cells migrating to other sites. They were able to pinpoint a family of pharmaceutical compounds whose action prevents the appearance of tumor metastasis by studying the mitochondria in tumor cells. These organelles are considered to be the cells power station. But when their functioning is altered in tumor...

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Does Surgery or Radiation Benefit Older Men with Early-Stage Prostate Cancer and Other Health Problems?

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A new study in the early online edition of Cancer concluded that treating older men with early-stage prostate cancer who also had other serious health problems with aggressive therapies such as surgery or radiation therapy does not help them live longer and may be detrimental. The retrospective study followed more than 140,500 men aged 68 and older diagnosed with early stage prostate cancer between 1991 and 2007. Men were followed for 15 years...

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Can Sleep Influence Survival of Breast Cancer Patients?

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A recent study reported in the journal  Sleep concluded that sleep efficiency, a ratio of time asleep to time spent in bed can predict survival time for women with advanced breast cancer. Results showed that higher sleep efficiency was significantly associated with lower mortality over the next six years even after adjusting for baseline prognosis factors such as age, estrogen receptor status, and treatment received. The mean survival was 68.9...

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Does the combination of alcohol and tobacco increase the risk of esophageal cancer?

Posted by in Blog, cancer, cancer research, cancer risk, esophageal cancer

A new study published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology concluded that the rate of developing esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) nearly doubles in those who smoke and drink compared to those who only smoke or drink. Authors stated “Our study suggests that not only do alcohol and tobacco play an important role in the development of esophageal cancer, the combination of their use markedly increases their potential as...

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New Prostate Cancer Detection Method is Less Invasive

Posted by in Blog, cancer, cancer detection, cancer research, prostate cancer

Prostate cancer detection is currently done by a biopsy that is painful and involves risks. A less invasive procedure was researched and presented at the European Association of Urology Congress in Stockholm this week that may reduce or eliminate the need for biopsies. The researchers developed a method to investigate whether and where men have prostate cancer using existing ultrasound scanners that create images in the body using sound waves....

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Can Peaches Inhibit Breast Cancer Metastasis?

Posted by in Blog, breast cancer, cancer, cancer research, natural cancer treatments

Researchers in a new study published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry concluded that phenolic compounds in the extract of peaches are responsible for inhibition of metastasis. They said” Cancer cells were implanted under the skin of micewith an aggressive type of breast cancer cells, the MDA-MB-435, and what we saw was an inhibition of a marker gene in the lungs after a few weeks indicating an inhibition of metastasis when the mice...

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