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New Technology Targets Precise Personalized Lung Cancer Therapy

New Technology Targets Precise Personalized Lung Cancer Therapy | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
New tools for analyzing genes are allowing doctors to personalize treatment for some lung cancer patients.
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Lung cancer remains the number one cause of cancer death in the United States, and in the world, among both men and women. The majority of people with lung cancer are either smokers or have a history of smoking, but 15-20% of people affected by the disease in the United States have never smoked. Half the people diagnosed each year with lung cancer have metastatic disease at diagnosis, which is generally considered incurable.

To help with lung cancer diagnosis and treatment a new technology, known as next generation “multiplex” gene sequencing, is now available and in use. It is a small computer chip which analyses small samples of the patient’s DNA from lung biopsies and tests them for 50 different genetic mutations. The results of the test help doctors quickly decide which medicines will be most effective for which patients by targeting the unique genetic features present in the patient’s cancer cells.

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Diet Modifications Found to Benefit Breast Cancer Patients

Diet Modifications Found to Benefit Breast Cancer Patients | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
Nutrition education may help prevent breast cancer re-occurrence
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Researchers from Federal University of Santa Catarina in Brazil undertook a study to evaluate the effect on cancer patients of reduced consumption of red and processed meat, and increased consumption of fruit and vegetables.

The researchers found that patients in the intervention group showed significant reductions in red and processed meat, consuming 50% less than peers in the comparison group. Comparison group patients also had two-times greater body weight increase during the study. Both red and processed meat consumption and body weight increases have been linked with increased oxidative stress, which has been shown to affect increased cancer recurrence. Fruit and vegetable intake was also increased among the intervention group and likely helped those patients limit BMI, unlike the comparison group, which had three times higher BMI over the course of the study.

"Although the sample size was small and data were collected at different times, this study provides evidence that women undergoing breast cancer treatment might benefit from immediate, individualized and detailed nutrition monitoring," lead author Cecilia C. Schiavon, MsC, concluded.

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Woman with Stage 4 Breast Cancer Cures Herself Through Changes in Diet and Nutrition

Woman with Stage 4 Breast Cancer Cures Herself Through Changes in Diet and Nutrition | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
Dr. Ruth Heidrich healed stage 4 breast cancer with nutrition in 1982. Since then, she's won 6 Ironmans, and 67 marathons. And she's 80!
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The concept of healthy food choices is given lip service by the medical establishment, which does not really believe or promote diet or nutrition as a way of treating disease or remaining disease-free.

Cancer in particular is one disease that medical science asserts must only be addressed therapeutically through chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. Those same professionals whose knee-jerk reaction tends to immediately reject the concept of beneficial effects of nutrition on cancer, are likely have no training in this field.

Yet there are an abundance of studies in nutritional science that have been around for quite a long time which clearly indicate that nutrition has the ability to prevent and to cure many diseases, including cancer. The work of T. Colin Campbell, a nutritional biochemist who specializes in the effect of nutrition on long-term health, published in his books “The China Study” and “Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition” is an excellent introduction to the available evidence.

There is also a plethora of anecdotal evidence supporting nutrition in the prevention and treatment of chronic disease such as cancer and many others. In this interview Dr. Ruth Heidrich, a vibrant 80 year-old cancer survivor will explain to you why she chose only nutrition to overcome her stage 4 breast cancer that had spread to her bones and lungs. She also explains how she became completely cancer-free as a result of her new nutritional approach, and has remained that way for decades.

I recommend everyone with an interest in cancer, or who has family of friends with cancer, to watch this interview. Obviously there may be no acceptable scientific analysis of the biochemistry of how Dr. Ruth Heidrich cured her own stage 4 breast cancer with nutrition. However it is an undeniable truth (and an inconvenient truth for the medical establishment) that is being seen across thousands of people today who have chosen nutrition to overcome their own cancer, instead of succumbing to the chemotherapy and radiation approach.

Please watch the interview with an open mind and bear in mind that here is a lady that against all odds decided on her own logical approach to healing her body. A logical approach that is available to all of us.

Here is the video link (56 minutes) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbiVo4tJhiE

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Cancer is Not Caused by Bad Luck – Contrary to Recent Scientific Thinking

Cancer is Not Caused by Bad Luck – Contrary to Recent Scientific Thinking | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
Why are some types of cancer so much more common than others? Sometimes it’s due to faulty genes inherited from one’s parents and sometimes to behaviors like smoking a pack of cigarettes every day. But in most cases, it comes down to something else – stem cells.
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Scientists from the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center have concluded that by their measure “two-thirds of adult cancer incidence across tissues can be explained primarily by “bad luck””.

The incidence of cancer today is expected to be 1 in every 2 males and 1 in every 3 females, according to the American Cancer Society. Such incident rates far exceed those in 1900 and during the majority of the twentieth century. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (a branch of WHO) has published a chart of worldwide cancer incidence which shows very clearly that the incidence of cancer fluctuates widely across countries.

So it is quite a surprise to me that scientists from Johns Hopkins can conclude that the majority of cancer is caused by bad luck. That does not seem to be a very scientific conclusion. Instead it says to me that science really doesn’t know the answer, so let’s just call it bad luck. If it is luck, then that means there are certain countries that have more bad luck than others. For example, USA, Australia, Canada and Eastern Europe are amongst the most unlucky countries (they have the highest incidence of cancer), and much of Africa, Indonesia and the Middle East are the luckiest countries (they have the lowest incidence of cancer). The scientists’ conclusion would indicate that as the twentieth century has progressed, the incidence of bad luck has also progressed.

The field of epigenetics very positively indicates that the expression of genes is turned on or off as a result of environmental influences on the cells. Many clinical studies have been done which leave no doubt that diet and exercise has a direct influence on the expression or suppression of genes (cancer oncogenes and cancer suppressor genes in particular).

Across countries we see a varying incidence of certain cancers compared to other countries. If it was all about mathematical luck based on the frequency with which different types of stem cells made copies of themselves, as the Johns Hopkins report asserts, then why is it that the incidence of different types of cancers has such a wide variation across different countries?

So I cannot accept the conclusion of the scientists involved in this analysis. I believe that the announcement of their finding and the resulting ‘attention-grabbing’ headlines that the media will choose to report on these findings does more harm than good to the community in addressing the higher incidence of cancer that we see today. Such reporting will lead the community to believe that nothing can be done about cancer as it is simply bad luck, and therefore beyond personal control. Therefore many will feel there is no need to change poor lifestyle habits and poor diet choices. If the community has such a view, I feel this is detrimental to health. But obviously the pharma companies and the cancer industry will benefit considerably.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (a branch of WHO) has published a document that outlines the known causes of cancer and in some cases the estimated percentage contribution, which includes the following:
- Cancer Causing Agents - tobacco, alcohol, asbestos, aflatoxins and ultra- violet light
- Chronic Infections (20%) - the most significant ones being hepatitis viruses (HBV, HCV), papillomaviruses (HPV) and Helicobacter pylori
- Lifestyle Factors (Diet & Nutrition 30%) - diet, physical activity, occupation, alcohol consumption
- Environmental Pollution - air, water, soil, food contaminants, radiation
- Medicinal Drugs & Procedures - hormones, chemotherapy, radiation, immune-suppressants
- Genetic Susceptibility (4%) - may significantly alter the risk from environmental exposures

I am constantly reading most of what is being written about cancer and reporting on quite a lot of it that I feel is of general interest to people. From my perspective it seems that cancer is more likely caused by lifestyle, diet, emotional trauma, chemicals, lack of proper nutrition, lack of exercise, radiation exposure, etc., than by bad luck. Genetic susceptibility is present – although seems to be only a small factor.

Here is some additional information for those who may be interested:
http://globocan.iarc.fr/Pages/Map.aspx
http://www.iarc.fr/en/publications/pdfs-online/wcr/2003/wcr-2.pdf

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There Is Scientific Proof We Can Heal Ourselves.

There Is Scientific Proof We Can Heal Ourselves. | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
About Lissa Rankin, MD: New age gurus suggest that we can heal ourselves by simply changing our minds, but is this concept grounded in cold, hard science? Li...
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Listen and watch Dr. Lissa Rankin MD as she talks about the evidence of our ability to heal ourselves. We have the power to communicate with our own body such that it can heal itself.

Perhaps together we can heal healthcare.

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Eminent Billionaire Doctor Shaking Up The World of Cancer

Eminent Billionaire Doctor Shaking Up The World of Cancer | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
Patrick Soon-Shiong: An owner of the L.A. Lakers, friend of Kobe Bryant, and a doctor who's shaking up the world of cancer.
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It is refreshing to see a brilliant doctor stepping outside the box of convention and stirring up the world of cancer

Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong is putting his own money towards finding better ways of treating and overcoming cancer. He wants to attack cancer on multiple fronts and is confident there is a pathway to the cure.

He has spent nearly a billion dollars of his own money to build a massive infrastructure, run by super computers, to find every single genetic mutation that could drive cancer.

Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong comments "The truth of the matter, we treat cancer today, we guess. We take what we call the average results, put it in you, see if it works. If it doesn't work, oops, we'll try another drug. If it does work, we stop the drug. When you look back 10 years from now, it's almost barbaric."

Listen to this '60-Minutes' video to find out more about what he is doing. The complete story is here - http://www.cbsnews.com/news/billionaire-doctor-fights-cancer-in-unconventional-way/

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Breast Feeding May Reduce Breast Cancer By Up To 20%

Breast Feeding May Reduce Breast Cancer By Up To 20% | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it

"Just half of mothers in the UK are nursing their child at six weeks, and just one per cent follow NHS advice to provide their child with breast milk only until six months, official figures show."

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Research on more than 750,000 women found that breast feeding was a powerful strategy to reduce the risk of cancer. The research found that breast feeding reduced the risks of invasive breast cancers by around 10 per cent in most cases – and up to 20 per cent for the most deadly types of disease.

Latest figures from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development comparing 21 countries show that at three months, UK rates of breast feeding are the lowest in the Western world.

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Scientists Say E-Cigarettes Contain Dangerous Cancer Causing Agents

Scientists Say E-Cigarettes Contain Dangerous Cancer Causing Agents | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
"Japanese scientists announced that e-cigarettes contain 10 times the level of cancer-causing carcinogens than its counterpart in the tobacco world".
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Researchers in Japan were commissioned by Japan’s Health Ministry to do a study on e-cigarettes.

They discovered that carcinogens such as formaldehyde and acetaldehyde were present in the vapor produced by several brands of e-cigarettes.

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Don't be fooled about e-cigarettes or the safety of tanning beds. Be your own best advocate and do your research so you can make informed healthy choices and live from a model of prevention.

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Why Cancer Cells Grow Despite Lack of Oxygen

Why Cancer Cells Grow Despite Lack of Oxygen | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
EGF
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Reduced oxygen supply (hypoxia) to the cell is one of the common characteristics seen in tumor cells. Normally a reduction of oxygen will cause healthy cells to retard their growth. However cancer cells accelerate their growth, even when oxygen levels are reduced. This situation has puzzled many researchers.

Now researchers have solved part of the puzzle on how this happens. A protein (PHD3) within normal cells is able to detect lack of oxygen, which will then signal other proteins to be activated, and will cause a growth factor receptor (EGF) to be drawn into the cells interior. Once inside the cell the growth factor receptor (EGF) serves to down-regulate the growth of the cell.

However it has been found that in cancer cells the protein (PHD3) is not active when oxygen level is low, and therefore the growth factor receptor is not drawn into the cell to exercise control over growth. Therefore the cancer cells growth continues unchecked.

The discovery is an important step in understanding the nature of cancer cells, and could influence new areas of research that could lead to beneficial results in cancer therapy.

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FDA Warns Gynecologic Device Spreads Cancer

FDA Warns Gynecologic Device Spreads Cancer | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
FDA warns gynecologic device has spread cancer
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A power morcellation device used to pulverize fibroids before removing them through a tiny hole in the abdomen has a very high risk of causing the spread of cancer.

Most major hospitals have stopped using these power morcellators due to the risks involved.

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Lactose Intolerance Linked To Lower Cancer Risk

Lactose Intolerance Linked To Lower Cancer Risk | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
Lactose Intolerants Linked To Lower Cancer Risk
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According to Jianguang Ji, Associate Professor at Lund University and researcher at the Center for Primary Care Research in Malmö, the results of a study show that people with lactose-intolerance, who typically consume low amounts of milk and other dairy products, have a reduced risk of lung, breast and ovarian cancers.

Lifestyle factors such as high consumption of milk and other dairy products have been suspected to contribute to the high incidence of breast and ovarian cancers, although many studies have been inconclusive.

Based on data from 22,788 individuals with lactose-intolerance the researchers found that the risks of lung cancer, breast cancer and ovarian cancer were significantly lower in people with lactose-intolerance compared to people without lactose-intolerance, irrespective of country of birth and gender.

While this study is of interest, it does not necessarily mean that lactose-intolerance protects against cancer. It is possible that other factors such as lower calorie intake because of low milk consumption, and protective factors in plant-based milk drinks, may contribute to the observed negative association between lactose-intolerance and the studied cancers.

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How NSAIDs Initiate Suicide of Intestinal Cells That May Become Cancerous

How NSAIDs Initiate Suicide of Intestinal Cells That May Become Cancerous | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
team found that NSAIDs activate the "death receptor pathway." This means that the drugs initiate suicide in intestinal stem cells that have a mutation in the APC gene.

The APC mutation makes these genes dysfunctional. Cells affected by the mutation can potentially develop into precancerous polyps and tumors. Although cells that have a mutation in the APC gene are targeted by NSAIDs, healthy cells with the non-mutated gene are unaffected.
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It has been known for some time that nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as aspirin and ibuprofen, lower the risk of developing intestinal polyps, which can develop into cancer. However, it has not been understood how NSAIDs may reduce this cancer risk.

A study done by Lin Zhang, PhD, associate professor of the Department of Pharmacology and Chemical Biology at the Pitt School of Medicine and the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute has highlighted how the preventative effect from NSAIDs may happen.

The research team found that NSAIDs activate the "death receptor pathway." This means that the drugs initiate suicide in intestinal stem cells that have a mutation in the APC (adenomatous polyposis coli) gene. The APC mutation makes these genes dysfunctional, and cells affected by the mutation can potentially develop into precancerous polyps and tumors. Although cells that have a mutation in the APC gene are targeted by NSAIDs, healthy cells with the non-mutated gene are unaffected.

The research was published online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences - http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2014/10/29/1415178111.abstract

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Cap Allows Cancer Patients to Keep Hair During Chemotherapy

Cap Allows Cancer Patients to Keep Hair During Chemotherapy | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
cap allows cancer patients to keep hair during chemo
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A cap that allows cancer patients to keep their hair while undergoing chemotherapy is being tested. The cap works by slowly cooling the scalp to constrict small blood vessels and limit the concentration of cancer drugs reaching the hair follicles. It's been undergoing clinical trial at the University of California, San Francisco.

The UCSF team has now gathered enough data from the trial to present results to the Food and Drug Administration. If approved, Swedish manufacturer Dignitana plans to begin working with hospitals and chemotherapy centers.

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Knowing Cancer Risk May Not Affect Screening Rates

Knowing Cancer Risk May Not Affect Screening Rates | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
Telling people of their potential increased risk of colon cancer did not spur them to get the recommended screening.
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Personalized genetic information to guide medical decisions is increasingly becoming available. A study was done to determine if individualized genetic and environmental risk assessment (GERA) of colorectal cancer susceptibility improves adherence to screening tests in average-risk persons.

Researchers studied 783 people aged over 50 who were found to be at risk for colorectal cancer and who had not undertaken prior screening. All the participants were told of their apparent risk for the cancer.

Two-thirds of the people in the study received comprehensive advice about colon cancer screening, a session of genetic counseling and a blood test that could tell them whether they were at average or increased risk for colon cancer. The other third received only the advice about the advantages of screening.

Over the next 6-months those people who chose to have screening tests in each of the two groups was basically the same – 33.1% and 35.7% respectively. This study example shows that giving people knowledge of the availability of personalized risk assessment testing made no difference to their decision to undertake testing.

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Higher Levels of Vitamin D Associated with Lower Cancer Risk and Improved Immune System Response

Higher Levels of Vitamin D Associated with Lower Cancer Risk and Improved Immune System Response | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
"This is the first study to show evidence of the effect of vitamin D on anti-cancer immune function in actual patients, and vindicates basic laboratory discoveries that vitamin D can interact with the immune system to raise the body's defenses against cancer," Ogino said. "In the future, we may be able to predict how increasing an individual's vitamin D intake and immune function can reduce his or her risk of colorectal cancer."
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Recent research has confirmed that vitamin D plays a key role on cancer prevention. The researchers concluded, from their comparison of selected groups of 318 colorectal cancer patients and 624 individuals who were free of cancer, that people with high levels of vitamin D in their bloodstream have a lower overall risk of developing colorectal cancer.

Considerable research has been done on vitamin D and cancer, which I have written about before. Here is a link to find more of that information, if you are interested to learn more - http://www.scoop.it/t/cancer-advances-knowledge-integrative-holistic-treatments?q=vitamin+d

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US Court Rules that Chemotherapy is the Only Acceptable Treatment for Cancer

US Court Rules that Chemotherapy is the Only Acceptable Treatment for Cancer | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
17-year-old wanted permission to make her own decision about chemo, even if doctors disagreed
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The Connecticut Supreme Court ruled that a 17 year-old, Cassandra, will be forced to subject herself to chemotherapy for cancer treatment of Hodgkin’s lymphoma despite her and her family’s wishes not to follow chemotherapy as it is toxic and poison. After refusing to take the drugs Cassandra is now in custody of the State, confined to a hospital room, and the chemotherapy is being forced upon her.

At age 18, in 9-months from now, Cassandra is regarded as an adult and is allowed to make her own decisions. But right now the State makes her decisions for her medical treatment. When Cassandra turns 18 she would have completed her chemotherapy treatment.

I feel, as a community we must ask ourselves if this is what we want and expect from our medical system. Does medicine have all the right understanding and answers to everything in the health area? There are many indications they do not – particularly in the field of cancer, based on what I read every day.

Meanwhile we are forced to live under the heavy hand of this highly controversial law.

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Lifestyle Choices Do Contribute to Cancer – Smart Lifestyle Choices May Prevent Cancer for You and Your Family

Lifestyle Choices Do Contribute to Cancer – Smart Lifestyle Choices May Prevent Cancer for You and Your Family | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
Nearly 600,000 cancers in the UK could have been avoided in the last five years if people had healthier lifestyles according to Cancer Research UK.
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People often ask me what percentage of cancer is preventable. There are known risk factors that do increase the possibility of cancer. Most of the common cancers in our society have a link to various lifestyle factors. The UK charity – Cancer Research UK – has produced some interesting statistics based on the work of Professor Dr. D. M. (Max) Parkin,  a Cancer Research UK statistician based at Queen Mary University of London. The information is based on analysis of the UK society.

Their publication asserts that the preventable cases of various common cancers as a result of changes to lifestyle and avoidance of known cancer-causing agents are as follows:
100% of cervical cancer
100% of Kaposi sarcoma
94% of mesothelioma
93% of laryngeal cancer
91% of oral cavity and pharynx cancer
90% of anal cancer
89% of esophageal cancer
89% of lung cancer
86% of malignant melanoma
75% of stomach cancer
63% of vaginal cancer
54% of bowel cancer
45% of Hodgkin lymphoma
42% of liver cancer
42% of bladder cancer
42% of kidney cancer
40% of penile cancer
40% of vulval cvancer
37% of pancreatic cancer
37% of uterine cancer
27% of breast cancer
21% of ovarian cancer
18% of gallbladder cancer
15% of leukemia
6% of non-Hodgkin lymphoma
2% of eye cancer

By change of several lifestyle factors and avoidance of known cancer-causing agents the statistics indicate that certain types of cancer can be avoided. Following is a list of the various lifestyle factors, indicating for each the percentage of cancer cases attributed to that single factor.

Smoking
86% of lung cancer
79% of laryngeal cancer
65% of esophageal cancer
65% of oral cavity and pharynx cancer
37% of bladder cancer
29% of pancreatic cancer
24% of kidney cancer
23% of liver cancer
22% of stomach cancer
8% of bowel cancer
6% of leukemia
7% of cervical cancer
3% of ovarian cancer

Poor Diet
56% of oral cavity and pharynx cancer
51% of stomach cancer
46% of esophageal cancer
45% of laryngeal cancer
31% of bowel cancer
9% of lung cancer

Excess Bodyweight
34% of uterine cancer
24% of kidney cancer
22% of esophageal cancer
18% of gallbladder cancer
12% of pancreatic cancer
13% of bowel cancer
9% of breast cancer

Alcohol
30% of oral cavity and pharynx cancer
25% of laryngeal cancer
21% of esophageal cancer
12% of bowel cancer
9% of liver cancer
6% of breast cancer

Occupational Exposures
94% of mesothelioma
13% of lung cancer
6% of bladder cancer
5% of breast cancer
3% of laryngeal cancer
2% of eye cancer

Sunlight and Sunbeds
86% of malignant melanoma

Infection
100% of cervical cancer
100% of Kaposi sarcoma
90% of anal cancer
63% of vaginal cancer
45% of Hodgkin lymphoma
40% of vulval cancer
40% of penile cancer
32% of stomach cancer
30% of oral cavity and pharynx cancer
16% of liver cancer
11% of laryngeal cancer
4% of non-Hodgkin lymphoma

Radiation
Medical diagnostic radiation is the source with the highest proportion of cases linked to it.
9% of leukemia
5% of lung cancer
3% of esophageal cancer
3% of bladder cancer
2% of bowel cancer
1% of breast cancer

Insufficient Physical Activity
4% of uterine cancer
3% of breast cancer
3% of bowel cancer

Mothers Not Breastfeeding
18% of ovarian cancer
3% of breast cancer

Hormone Replacement Therapy
18% of ovarian cancer
3% of breast cancer

Here is the source of the statistics, for those who are interested - http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/cancer-info/cancerstats/causes/preventable/

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Oncology Nurse Quits After 17 Years to Promote Nutrition and Natural Therapies for Healing Cancer

Oncology Nurse Quits After 17 Years to Promote Nutrition and Natural Therapies for Healing Cancer | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
Valerie Warwick
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An informative 48-minute video interview of oncology nurse, Valerie Warwick, after spending 17 years working at the forefront of conventional cancer treatments.

Interesting to hear what it is really like working on the inside of the cancer industry, the poor prognosis of conventional therapies, the rigidity of the medical profession in their approach to treatment of cancer, and the control exerted by the pharma companies.

In contrast Valerie talks about the difference she experiences after witnessing what is being achieved with nutrition and natural therapies in the field of cancer therapy.

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Why Do Cancer Rates Keep Increasing?

Why Do Cancer Rates Keep Increasing? | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it

"Dr. Leonard Coldwell explains why the cancer rate continues to grow despite greater awareness."

 

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This interview of Dr. Leonard Coldwell, a leading authority on natural cancer therapies, questions the ongoing viability of today’s cancer industry and the conventional therapeutic approach to cancer.

In 1900 the cancer rate was 7% of the population, and today it is 56%. Could the reason be a combination of chemicals and pollution in the environment and the food supply, the increasing proliferation of vaccinations, very little physical exercise, lack of nutrition in the foods we eat, and the generally poor lifestyle habits of people today?

Cancer cells are present in all of us and are controlled by our immune system. So whatever the root causes may be for cancer today, the increased rate of diagnosable cancer would seem to be a direct indication that our immune system is unable to effectively control and eradicate cancer any longer.

Today the cancer industry is a US$220 billion industry. Perhaps in such an affluent industry very few of the people with vested interests in maintaining the status quo are interested in finding a cure, and putting their financial return at risk. Allowable cancer treatments, strictly controlled by law, are based on chemotherapy, radiation and surgery, and medical practitioners are not permitted to consider anything outside those allowable treatments.

Yet there are many other known substances and approaches that have been seen to work well in controlling cancer. The typical statements put forward in opposition to other treatments are ‘there is no scientific evidence and it is not conclusive’. To most people that statement implies that the treatments have been tested but have been shown not to work. In reality that is not the case, as most of the natural treatments have not been tested. Instead many cancer sufferers turn to natural treatments as a result of ineffective conventional medical treatments.

There is growing understanding of the overwhelming anecdotal evidence available today that may not stand the rigidity of scientific scrutiny, but provides an undeniable base of evidence that cancer is able to be cured, and has been cured, by a large number of people who have taken their own health into their own hands and cured themselves using natural methods. This has reached a state of awareness that can no longer be conveniently ignored. While it may be an inconvenient-truth for the guardians of the status quo to have to deal with, it is something that the general public increasingly demands to know.

The cancer industry is rapidly losing the respect of many people and perhaps there needs to be some serious investigation of what seems to be a closed group driven by politics, money and ego, rather than driven to find a cure to one of humanities most dire health problems.

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Deterioration of Public Health and Liver Cancer Parallels Increase in GM Crops and Glyphosate Use, US Government Data Show

Deterioration of Public Health and Liver Cancer Parallels Increase in GM Crops and Glyphosate Use, US Government Data Show | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
GMOs and glyphosate
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Over the past fifteen or twenty years there has been a large increase in the number of Americans suffering from a whole range of chronic diseases. This is the same period over which there has been a very large increase both in GM crops and in the use of glyphosate-based herbicides.

It is possible to compare how both GMOs and glyphosate on the one hand and the various diseases on the other have changed over time.

This report shows very clearly the correlation between increased liver cancer rates from 1990 and GMOs and glyphosate usage increase from 1990.

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They Said The Cancer Would Kill Her In Six Months, Then She Tried Cannabis. Prepare To Be Amazed

They Said The Cancer Would Kill Her In Six Months, Then She Tried Cannabis. Prepare To Be Amazed | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
A new British medical study out today has backed up previous findings that cannabis cures cancer. This survivor has taken to YouTube to tell her amazing story of how the super-plant saved her life after she was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer and given between six to nine months to live.
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Here is yet another person who turned to using cannabis to treat herself in desperation to save her life from terminal stage 4 lung cancer, after being given 6-9 months to live.

There is mounting evidence, both anecdotal and scientific, that cannabis actually does work as a therapy for cancer.

For many more of my articles on this subject see here - http://www.scoop.it/t/cancer-advances-knowledge-integrative-holistic-treatments?q=cannabis

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Chuck's curator insight, November 30, 2014 7:51 PM

I am on it, maybe I will grab something to eat too.

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New Book “Good Nutrition for Cancer Recovery” Launched by University College Cork

New Book “Good Nutrition for Cancer Recovery” Launched by University College Cork | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
Family favourite recipes have been enhanced to maximise their calorie intake
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Weight loss is a common problem for many cancer patients. A new cookbook, Good Nutrition for Cancer Recovery, has just been launched by University College Cork to help cancer patients gain weight. It includes information, advice and nutritious recipes to combat weight loss.

The 130-page book has been endorsed by the Irish Nutrition & Dietetic Institute (INDI) and the Irish Society of Medical Oncology (ISMO), and is currently available free to download here - https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bx0b_3NrjeUEaTk1ZWMwRW52blU/view?pli=1

You can determine for yourself whether the book is of benefit. Personally I am somewhat wary of many of the recipes with added sugar, given the very nature of cancer-cell metabolism.

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Unexplainable Colorectal Cancer Rates Are Steadily Rising In People Under 50.

Unexplainable Colorectal Cancer Rates Are Steadily Rising In People Under 50. | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
In some ways, the rise in colon and rectal cancers in younger patients parallels increasing breast cancer rates among U.S. women in their twenties and thirties. Although the causes are unlikely to be exactly the same, they probably do overlap.
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The overall incidence rate of colorectal cancer has decreased between 1975 and 2010 in the U.S., which is apparent and consistent in age groups over 50.

However in age groups below 50 the opposite trend has been identified, where the incidence rate of colorectal cancer has been increasing.

The surprising increase in colorectal cancers is most pronounced among men and women between the ages of 20 and 35. In that 20 to 35 age group their average increase of the incidence of colorectal cancer per year is not only higher than the over 50 age group, but more than four times that of the age group 35 to 49.

There seems to be no explanation for this increasing cancer trend in younger people. Assumptions such as obesity, poor diet, sedentary lifestyle, increased chemical exposure, and pollutants will all be included on the list to consider. The unexplainable increase of cancer cases in the younger population, of a particular cancer which has predominantly occurred in people over 50, should be studied as a matter of urgency. 

Such an increase of colorectal cancer in younger people also matches increasing breast cancer rates among U.S. women in their twenties and thirties. Although the causes may not necessarily be exactly the same, there is likely to be quite some commonality.

This situation should be a warning sign to us all that something, or indeed many things, in our society are not conducive to health and will continue to contribute to further health problems if not identified and rectified.

It is also a very clear indication that there needs to be considerable focus, investigation, education and emphasis on cancer prevention, rather than the present and evidently overwhelming focus on procedures and pharmaceutical interventions directed at cancer treatment purely to manage the disease and its symptoms.

It is recognized that medical procedures and pharmaceuticals generate considerable income and profit to the medical and cancer ‘industry’, and that a community-wide focus on disease prevention may reduce those financial returns. However it is rapidly becoming evident to the community that the pathway to prevention needs to be researched, devised and made available to everybody to follow should they choose to do so.

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Graham Player Ph.D.'s comment, November 7, 2014 8:34 AM
The original report was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association - http://archsurg.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1920838
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Reasons Behind Korea's Thyroid-Cancer “Epidemic”

Reasons Behind Korea's Thyroid-Cancer “Epidemic” | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
Thyroid cancer is the epitome of a malignancy that it's usually better not to find.
Graham Player Ph.D.'s insight:

Dr. H. Gilbert Welch, Professor of Medicine at The Dartmouth Institute, and his team have published research in the New England Journal of Medicine pointing out that screening and over-diagnosis of thyroid-cancer, as is the case in South Korea, can be detrimental and incur serious health risks.

South Korea is years ahead of the U.S in paying for cancer screening. Back in 1999, the government started providing free or very low-cost cancer screening. This is part of South Korea’s program of detecting all cancers for which there’s a screening test – cancer of the breast, uterine cervix, colon, stomach and liver.

The program does not include screening for thyroid cancer. However so many hospitals and doctors have ultrasound machines – which can detect tiny thyroid tumors with a quick neck scan – that thyroid cancer screening has become routine in recent years, for a fee of $50 or less. It’s an easy sell, and an easy way to make money.

As a result, South Korea’s rate of thyroid cancer has soared. It’s 15 times higher than it was in the early 1990s, before routine ultrasound screening. However deaths from thyroid cancer in South Korea haven’t gone down at all over the past two decades, according to an article in this week’s New England Journal of Medicine.

According to the publication, the thyroid cancers being diagnosed in South Korea are almost always a slow-growing, non-life-threatening type that doesn’t need to be treated. Treating them is not harmless. “Virtually all the people diagnosed with thyroid cancer are treated,” the New England Journal article notes. Surgeons usually remove the thyroid gland, totally or partially, and patients must take thyroid hormone supplements the rest of their lives, often with difficult side effects.

More than one Korean thyroid-surgery patient in 10 suffers damage to the nearby parathyroid glands, which causes difficult-to-treat abnormalities of calcium metabolism. Two in every 100 patients ends up with paralyzed vocal cords from surgical mishaps. But clearly, South Korean doctors and patients find it almost impossible not to treat a cancer once it’s diagnosed.

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A New Technology Provides Real-Time Imaging of Cancerous Tissue - Using Time-Reversed Adapted-Perturbation (TRAP) Optical Focusing

A New Technology Provides Real-Time Imaging of Cancerous Tissue - Using Time-Reversed Adapted-Perturbation (TRAP) Optical Focusing | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
Nature Photonics Advance Online Edition
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Lihong Wang, PhD, the Gene K. Beare Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the School of Engineering & Applied Science at Washington University in St. Louis, together with his team have developed a new technology called time-reversed adapted-perturbation (TRAP) optical focusing, which sends guiding light into tissue to seek movement.

This non-invasive technique is of benefit in both imaging and therapy according to the researchers. By combining ultrasound and light absorption this new technology produces live images of biological tissues several inches below the skin. Therefore active cancers could be viewed in detail never seen before which would enable more accurate assessments.

The technology sends guiding light into tissue to seek movement. The light that has traversed stationary tissue appears differently than light that has moved through something moving, such as blood. By taking two successive images, they can subtract the light through stationary tissue, retaining only the scattered light due to motion. Then, they send that light back to its original source via a process called time-reversal so that it becomes focused once back in the tissue.

Published in Nature Photonics Advance Online Edition the research can be seen here - http://www.nature.com/nphoton/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nphoton.2014.251.html

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The Future of Cancer Diagnosis

The Future of Cancer Diagnosis | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
The company insists the technology – which is undergoing clinical tests in hospitals at the moment - could be ready within five years
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A technology that can detect multiple of cancers with a standard blood test that can be used in a GP's surgery – or even someone's home – has been developed by a startup company, Miroculus.

It works by detecting microRNAs - a type of molecule which can be used to identify illnesses such as cancer, diabetes and even Alzheimer's - from a blood sample using technology and biochemistry usually reserved for high-tech laboratories.

The company says the technology – which is undergoing clinical tests in hospitals at the moment - could be ready within five years.

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