Can Smoking Change our Genes?

Posted by in Blog, cancer risk, epigenetics

A new study published in the journal Human Molecular Genetics concluded that smoking alters several genes that can be associated with health problems such as increased risk of cancer and diabetes. Although we inherit our genes from our parents, the genetic material can later be changed by epigenetic  modification such as chemical alterations of the DNA that affect the activity of the genes. These alterations are normally caused by aging but can...

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Is there an Association between High Cholesterol and Breast Cancer?

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

In a study presented recently at the Frontiers in Cardiovascular Science meeting in Spain researchers concluded that there ia an association between high blood cholesterol and breast cancer based upon results of  a study over a 14 year period in the United Kingdom.  This retrospective study included more than 1 million people across the UK from 2000 to 2014. From a sample of 664,159 women 22,938 had hyperlipidaemia and 9,312 had breast cancer....

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Is Smoking Associated with an Increased Risk of Developing a Second Smoking-Related Cancer?

Posted by in all cancers, Blog, cancer, cancer risk, cancer survivors

A new study published in the J of Clinical Oncology that analyzed five large prospective cohort studies reported that lung cancer (stage 1) bladder, kidney., and head and neck cancer survivors who smoked 20 or more cigarettes a day prior to their cancer diagnosis have an up to five-fold higher risk of developing a second smoking-related cancer when compared to survivors of the same cancer who never smoked. This association of smoking and 2nd...

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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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Can a Tomato Rich Diet Reduce Prostate Cancer Risk?

Posted by in alternative cancer therapies, Blog, cancer, cancer risk, prostate cancer

A new study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention concluded that men who eat over 10 portions of tomatoes a week have an 18 per cent lower risk of developing prostate cancer. To evaluate lifestyle and dietary habits, prostate cancer researchers assessed 1,806 men between age 50 and 69 with prostate cancer and compared them with 12,005 men who were cancer free. This was the first study to evaluate a dietary index that...

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Does Postmenopausal Breast Cancer Risk Decrease with Physical Activity?

Posted by in Blog, breast cancer, cancer, cancer risk

A new study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention concluded that post menopausal women who undertook regular physical activity over the past 4 years that was equivalent to 4 hours of walking per week (cycling or other sports for 2 hours/week)  had a 10 percent lower risk for invasive breast cancer compared with women who exercised less during those four years. Data was analyzed from over 59,300 post menopausal women in...

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Can NSAIDs Lower Breast Cancer Recurrence in Overweight, Obese Women

Posted by in alternative cancer treatments, Blog, breast cancer, cancer, cancer risk, cancer survivors

A new study published in Cancer Research concluded that the recurrence of hormone related breast cancer was cut in half in overweight and obese women who regularly used aspirin or other non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID’s). authors said “Our study suggests that limiting inflammatory signaling may be effective, less toxic approach to altering the cancer promiting effects of obesity and improving patient response to hormonal therapy.” ...

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Can Natural Products from Plants Protect the Skin from Damage and Skin Cancer During Radiotherapy?

Posted by in Blog, cancer, cancer risk, melanoma, natural cancer treatments, skin cancer

A new study published in the International Journal of Low Radiation, researchers concluded that three ubiquitous and well-studied natural products derived from plants can protect the skin against gamma radiation during radiotherapy. Otherwise, the normal skin around cancer cells can be harmed and at risk of hair loss, dermatological problems and even skin cancer. In their research they found the benefits of the organic, antioxidant compounds...

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Does Sunscreen Fully Protect You Against Melanoma?

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

A new study published in Nature concluded that sunscreens do not protect totally against the development of skin cancer. Using genetically modified mice susceptible to melanoma the researchers disproved that ultraviolet light causes mutations in the DNA of melenocytes in a gene called p53. P53 is one of the genes considered a guardian  of the genome that is  key in detecting and repairing damage accumulating in cells from ul;ultraviolet light ...

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Can a Blood Test Predict the Risk of Non-Hereditary Breast Cancer?

Posted by in Blog, breast cancer, cancer, cancer detection, cancer risk

Researchers report in a current issue of Genome Medicine that a simple blood test is being developed that could help predict the likelihood of a woman developing breast cancer even in the absence of a high risk BRCA1 gene mutation. They identified a DNA methylation signature in the blood of women with both the inherited genetic mutation of the BRCA1 gene and also who developed non-hereditary cancer. In the study they used blood samples...

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Is the Timing of the First Cigarette of the Day Associated with Lung Cancer Risk?

Posted by in Blog, cancer, cancer prevention, cancer risk, lung cancer

A new study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute concluded that the timing of the first cigarette of the day may be associated with getting lung cancer in both heavy and light smokers. This factor may be added to standard markers of nicotine dependence that include cigarettes smoked daily, duration of smoking, and cumulative exposure (pack years). Researchers analyzed data on 3249 ever smokers of which 1812 were lung cancer...

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