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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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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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 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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Are Young Skin Cancer Survivors Are Risk of Melanoma and Other Cancers Later in Life?

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

A new study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention concluded that young people diagnosed with non melanoma skin cancer (NMSC) related to sun exposure, under the age of 25, have a higher risk of developing melanoma and other cancers later in life. The researchers collected hospital admissions and death rates from the All England Record-linked Hospital from 1999 to 2011 and constructed two cohorts: one cohort of over...

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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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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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A gene variant increases colorectal cancer risk from eating processed meat.

Posted by in Blog, bowel cancer, cancer, cancer risk, colorectal cancer

In a new study in PLOS Genetics researchers reported that a common gene variant that affects one in 3 people seems to increase the risk of colorectal cancer from the consumption of processed meat. Data from over 9,200 patients with colorectal cancer and over 9,100 controls were pooled. Over 2 million variants were analyzed to find those associated with the consumption of meat, fiber, fruits and vegetables and found a significant interaction...

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Does radiation therapy for cervical cancer increase your risk of later colorectal cancer?

Posted by in Blog, cancer, cancer risk, cervical cancer, colorectal cancer

In a recent study published online in the journal Medical Oncology researchers found that young women treated with radiation for cervical cancer had a higher incidence of secondary colorectal cancer later in life than women who were not treated with radiation therapy. As a result they recommended earlier colorectal cancer screening for this group than earlier recommended starting at about 8 years after treatment instead of waiting until age 50....

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Are Women Treated for PreCancerous Cells on the Cervix, at Greater Risk of Later Cervical and Vaginal Cancers?

Posted by in Blog, cancer, cancer risk, cervical cancer, vaginal cancer

A new study published in the British Medical Journal concluded that women previously treated for abnormal cells on the cervix (CIN3 or cervical intraepithelial neoplasis grade 3) are at increased risk of developing and dying from cervical or vaginal cancer compared with the general female population and that the risk rises after age 60. This is the first study to evaluate the risk of death from cervical cancer after treatment of CIN3) as women...

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