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New Invention is a Breakthrough for Simple and Accurate Diagnosis of Prostate Cancer

New Invention is a Breakthrough for Simple and Accurate Diagnosis of Prostate Cancer | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
The new test – described as potentially the biggest breakthrough in prostate cancer diagnosis in 25 years – does not involve a rectal examination.
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Studies show that a new and simple urine test for prostate cancer is twice as reliable as the existing blood test that measures the levels of the protein, prostate specific antigen, or PSA.

The inventor of the test, Hardev Pandha, a professor of medical oncology, said: ‘This new test could lead to faster detection that could save hundreds of lives and also offers the potential for huge cost savings.’

The new test uses a urine sample, dispensing with the need for needles. It searches the urine for a protein called EN2, which is not made by healthy people but is pumped out by tumors. In trials, it detected about 70 per cent of prostate cancers, making it twice as accurate as the PSA test.

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Evidence Based Lifestyle and Self Help Strategies After Cancer

'Together Against Cancer' Conference October 2013. A PowerPoint presentation entitled "Evidence based lifestyle and self help strategies after Cancer". By Pr...
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This is an informative presentation (46 mins) delivered by Professor Dr. Robert Thomas, a Consultant Oncologist at Addenbrooke's and Bedford Hospitals, a visiting Professor at Cranfield University and a clinical teacher at Cambridge University.

 

He talks about the benefits of lifestyle, exercise and diet in relation to cancer.

 

You may want to recommend to your doctor to watch this.

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The results of the UK NCRN Pomi-T study referred to by Professor Dr. Robert Thomas can be seen here published in Nature Magazine - http://www.nature.com/pcan/journal/v17/n2/full/pcan20146a.html
Tambre Leighn's curator insight, April 17, 11:16 AM

Yes, yes, yes...a pathway to wellbeing - nutritious food and physical activity!

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MRI Can Detect 90% of All Breast Cancer Compared to Only 37.5% for Mammography and Ultrasound Combined.

MRI Can Detect 90% of All Breast Cancer Compared to Only 37.5% for Mammography and Ultrasound Combined. | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
Around 90 per cent of all breast cancers can be definitively diagnosed using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), researchers report. This compares to the combined methods of mammography and ultrasound which yielded a detection rate of just 37.5 per cent.
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It is known that the use of mammography and ultrasound cannot detect all types of cancer.

A study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology done in Vienna “clearly shows the superiority of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) over mammography and breast ultrasound examinations," says Thomas Helbich, who led the study with Christopher Riedl.

The study involved 559 women at increased risk of breast cancer, and performed 1,365 screening examinations. It revealed that 90% of all breast cancers can be clearly detected by MRI compared to the combined methods of mammography and ultrasound which yielded a detection rate of just 37.5%. None of the cancers were detected by ultrasound alone. The results were similar for non-invasive cancers and for benign breast lesions.

The results of the study should encourage the increased use of MRI for breast screening.

According to OECD 2011 published information Austria has 18 MRI scanners per million inhabitants -- putting the country above the EU average (10 scanners / million inhabitants). If MRI is to be used more frequently, Italian or Greek ratios would be better: in these countries, there are 23 and 22 MRI scanners per million inhabitants respectively. In the USA there are 31 MRI scanners per million population, and in Japan 46. Whereas in Australia and the UK each have only 5, and New Zealand has 11.

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) publishes the number of MRI units per million population of each of its 34 member countries. See details here - http://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/sites/health_glance-2013-en/04/02/index.html?itemId=/content/chapter/health_glance-2013-33-en&mimeType=text/html

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Why Are Cancer Drugs So Expensive in the United States?

Why Are Cancer Drugs So Expensive in the United States? | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
The fact that engaged Dr. Kantarjian's interest and disapproval was that prices for cancer medications increased from an average of $5,000 - $10,000 before 2000 to more than $100,000 by 2012, during a time when average household income in the U.S. fell by 8%.

Via Pharma Guy
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Prices for cancer medications increased from an average of $5,000 - $10,000 before 2000 to more than $100,000 by 2012, during a time when average household income in the U.S. fell by 8%.

The U.S. pays 50-100% more than other advanced countries for the same medications. Overall, health care consumes 18% of the U.S. GDP, contrasted to 5-9% for the European countries. Yet the outcomes in the U.S. are worse, according to numerous sources such as the Commonwealth Fund, the Institute of Medicine, the World Health Organization and others.

Dr. Hagop Kantarjian authored a study for the Mayo Clinic Proceedings, titled, "Why Are Cancer Drugs So Expensive in the United States"? In that he asserts that the main reason for the higher cost of drugs is that the U.S. operates a for-profit health care system.  This need to pursue profit drives all of the arguments that pharma uses to justify its exorbitant prices. Kantarjian examined every one of those justifications for high prices and found each to be incorrect or blatantly misleading.

For decades pharma's trade association, the PhRMA, has trotted out the excuse that the high costs of R&D require the drug companies to charge steep prices. Kantarjian shows that explanation to be nonsense. He reveals how pharma behaves as a classic, oligopoly cartel with only negligible pricing competition.

Drug prices are high, according to the economists, mainly because pharma possesses the economic muscle to keep them that way. In fact, this lack of price competition amounts to the functional equivalent of "monopolistic agreements."

Kantarjian next goes on to show that higher profits for drug companies do not result in better drugs. Instead, he concludes that, "High profits are often channeled toward higher salaries and bonuses of drug companies’ CEOs, not invested back into cancer research."

Other culprits include branded pharma's efforts to delay the appearance of cheaper generics (through such tactics as "patent evergreening,"  "pay for delay," and "approved generics") and the industry's use of political connections to prohibit drug re-importation from Europe and the Commonwealth countries.

He believes that pricing must be based on "fairness," which he defines as pricing in which profit does not jeopardize affordability to patients and the country. This was in fact part of pharma's historic mission, which its current pricing practices have abandoned "in favor of maximizing profits regardless of the potential consequences to patients."

To read the full study see here - http://www.mayoclinicproceedings.org/article/S0025-6196%2815%2900101-9/fulltext

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Kantarjian next goes on to show that higher profits for drug companies do not result in better drugs. Instead, he concludes that, "High profits are often channeled toward higher salaries and bonuses of drug companies’ CEOs, not invested back into cancer research."


It's interesting to note that 86% of pharmaceutical executive attendees at today's #e4pbarca pharma conference in Barcelona agree that pharmaceutical companies need to become genuine healthcare providers! Yikes! That would really boost the pay of pharma CEOs! Read my summary of this conference: http://bit.ly/re4pbarca

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Alcohol and Obesity Contribute to Liver Cancer.

Alcohol and Obesity Contribute to Liver Cancer. | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it

World Cancer Research Fund says analysis of 34 previous studies pinpoints level of drinking implicated in liver cancer

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Assessment by the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) of 34 previous studies covering 8.2 million people, more than 24,500 of whom had liver cancer, revealed “strong evidence” linking intake of three drinks a day to liver cancer. Women should try to limit themselves to no more than one drink a day and men to two in order to minimize their risk of cancer, according to the WCRF.

The report also pinpoints obesity as a risk factor for liver cancer, and analysis also found strong evidence that coffee could help protect against liver cancer, though it did not specify the amounts someone needs to drink.

Paul Pharoah, professor of cancer epidemiology at Cambridge University, cast doubt on the WCRF’s findings. “I do not think that the published data are sufficiently robust to conclude that three drinks a day specifically is associated with an increased risk of primary liver cancer,” he said.

Two European studies among the 34 the WCRF examined showed that people consuming between one and three drinks a day were running no increased risk of liver cancer, but both found evidence that four or more drinks a day does worsen the chances of getting it, Pharoah added.

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Vitamin D Proven to be Effective in Prostate Cancer.

Vitamin D Proven to be Effective in Prostate Cancer. | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
Bruce Hollis, the study's lead researcher and a professor of pediatrics, biochemistry and molecular biology at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.
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Here is yet another study that confirms the benefit of Vitamin D in dealing with cancer. In 60% of those in the study taking it, vitamin D actually made their cancer better, according to Bruce Hollis, the study's lead researcher and a professor of pediatrics, biochemistry and molecular biology at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.

I have been writing about this for the past several years. So it is not a new realization, and there is indeed considerable evidence and even clinical trials available to support Vitamin D for both prevention and treatment of cancer.

It does make one wonder just what it takes for people to pay attention to what may actually be an effective and important component of a therapeutic approach.

You can read more of the studies and information on Vitamin D and cancer that I have put together here over the past 2-years - http://www.scoop.it/t/cancer-advances-knowledge-integrative-holistic-treatments?q=vitamin+D

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Hong Kong Considering to Roll Out Breast Cancer Screening Scheme.

Hong Kong Considering to Roll Out Breast Cancer Screening Scheme. | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it

Research will examine whether government should lead screening amid 'controversy', health minister Dr Ko Wing-man says

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Amidst the controversy of whether routine mammography screening for breast cancer is more harmful or beneficial, with some countries discontinuing the practice, the Hong Kong government is considering to commence such a routine screening facility for women.

Let’s hope those involved with the Hong Kong study carefully consider the pros and cons of why other countries and medical professionals believe such a scheme is not beneficial.

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Prostate Cancer Shown to Improve through Diet and Lifestyle Changes.

Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2008 Jun 17;105(24):8369-74. doi: 10.1073/pnas.0803080105. Epub 2008 Jun 16. Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
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It is often reported by medical ‘experts’ that diet and lifestyle does not have any effect on curing disease, stating that no studies have shown such benefit. Well studies have been done that do indicate diet and lifestyle changes modify genetic expression which directly and favorably influences disease cure.

A study was done study to examine changes in prostate gene expression in men with low-risk prostate cancer who declined immediate surgery, hormonal therapy, or radiation and participated in an intensive nutrition and lifestyle intervention while undergoing careful surveillance for tumor progression. Their gene expression profiles were obtained prior to the study and again 3-months into the study. Analysis detected 48 up-regulated genes and 453 down-regulated genes as a result of the nutrition and lifestyle intervention.

What the researchers observed was that the activity of disease-preventing genes had increased while a number of disease-promoting genes, including those involved in prostate cancer and breast cancer, had shut down.

If interested, you can read the full report here - http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2430265/

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Fluoride in the Water Supply Lowers IQ, Causes Teeth and Bone Deformities and Arthritic Conditions, and is Implicated in Bone Cancer.

Professional Perspectives on Water Fluoridation - Available on DVD In a full length video produced by the Fluoride Action Network, respected professional res...
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According to a study done by the Harvard School for Public Health the fluoridation of the water supply results in more health problems than health benefits.

Commenced in the 1940s in the USA, water fluoridation is the practice of adding fluoride compounds to the public water supply for the purpose of reducing tooth decay, and is heralded by the CDC as one of the top public health achievements of the 20th century.

A growing body of science indicates that fluoridation is neither safe nor effective. Over 2,000 health, scientific, medical and environmental professionals are calling for an end to fluoridation worldwide.

The practice of water fluoridation in effect represents the dispensing of fluoride as a drug and medicine designed to initiate a physical change in the population. It is not a substance that treats the water to make it safe and drinkable. Instead it is designed to treat the human population. There is no drug dispensed that is administered in a ‘one-dose-fits-all’ situation, other than fluoride in the water supply.

It is well known in pharmacology that individuals may respond very differently to the exact same dose of a drug. Yet in the case of fluoride nobody really knows how much of a dosage each individual is consuming, based on their varying habits of water consumption. There can be huge variations in the consumption of water and fluoride across the population, based on many factors including health status, weather and physical exertion. The concept of delivering the right dose to the right person at the right time just does not apply to medication with fluoride.

Adding medicines to our water does not enable the population to exercise their informed consent which is at the basis of medical ethics. No physician would treat somebody whose medical history he does not know and who he has never met with a substance designed to change the body’s physiology, and under instruction to take as much or as little as you like every day for the rest of your life.

There seems to be no known bodily requirement for fluoride as an essential nutrient. According to the National Academy of Sciences “fluoride is no longer considered an essential factor for human growth and development”. The apparent benefits of fluoride for teeth are well known to be as a result of topical application rather than systemically by swallowing the substance. The CDC states “fluoride’s actions primarily are topical for both adults and children”. The fluoride added to toothpaste is a much smarter way to administer topical fluoride to the teeth, and should not be swallowed during teeth brushing. There is absolutely no logic or justification in forcing the entire population to swallow fluoride as part of the drinking water supply, to benefit the teeth.

Most of the European countries do not fluoridate their water supply, and the teeth of those countries populations are considered as healthy as their counterparts in other countries that do fluoridate. There is no indication of increased tooth decay in countries that do not fluoridate. Yet many countries including the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Ireland, Canada, Brazil, Chile and others do continue to fluoridate their water supply.

The ingestion of fluoride not only comes from the water we drink. Soups and beverages made from the water supply also contain fluoride. In addition, many pesticides leave fluoride residues on fruits and vegetables. There is no monitoring of the exposure of fluoride within the population. There are signs that many children are being adversely affected by excess fluoridation. In 2005 the CDC admitted that “about one third of children and adolescents aged 6 to 19 years had enamel fluorosis of their teeth”. Fluorosis is damage to the teeth as a result of excess fluoride exposure, and occurs when the teeth absorb too much fluoride as they develop beneath the gums. It can be seen as white spots, discoloration and sometimes pitting on the teeth. Fluorosis is a bio-marker that the individual has been overexposed to fluoride during the development of their teeth, which can interfere with the growing tooth enamel.

The fluoride can also have an impact on tissues elsewhere in the body. What is happening in the teeth is very likely happening in the bone as well, with its similar type of structure. Fluorosis is a sign of fluoride toxicity. It is known that many organs are affected by fluoride. Today even the American Dental Association recommends that “parents and caregivers should consider using water that has no or low levels of fluoride” for preparation of infant formulas.

Systemically fluoride can interfere with the pineal gland and the thyroid gland which are both involved with brain and mental development. There is considerable scientific evidence that young babies should not be exposed to fluoride, as it is detrimental to their development. Yet there may be many families who cannot afford to pay for alternative sources of drinking water without fluoride. There is also evidence that indicates fluoride can affect the brain of all people, and can lower the IQ level of children.

Fluoride is known to suppress hyperactive thyroid and has been used as a medication in that regard. The large numbers of people who have underactive thyroid activity may be related to the abundance of fluoride now in the environment and consumed by the population. People with a hypo-thyroid condition should be concerned about drinking fluoridated water.

Many peer-reviewed studies also indicate that fluoride can increase the rate of bone fractures, and it has been implicated in the development of bone cancer. Fluorine makes the bone structure more brittle with reduced bone strength. The first sign of skeletal fluorosis is aching joints and symptoms identical to arthritis. Cases of skeletal fluorosis may be misdiagnosed as rheumatoid or osteoarthritis. According to the CDC “one in three US adults has some form of arthritis”. People with any form of arthritis would be well advised to eliminate every source of fluoride from their diet and drinking habits.

Most people would likely believe that the fluoride added to the water supply would be pharmaceutical grade sodium fluoride, similar to that contained in toothpaste. But this is not the case. Instead the substance added is fluorosilicic acid, which is a waste product from the phosphate fertilizer industry. It is not purified in any way and contains many of the other waste product contaminants including heavy metals produced in the process.

There are better ways of improving dental health today than by using fluoridation. Fluoride is a known neurotoxin, and the weight of evidence is more in favor of fluoridated water doing damage, than by improving dental health. Fluoridation of the water supply is unethical, unnecessary, ineffective and dangerous. Watch this 28-minute video to learn more - https://youtu.be/pkuHo2xFJr0

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The Efficacy of Surgical Treatment of Cancer is Questionable.

The Efficacy of Surgical Treatment of Cancer is Questionable. | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it

Cancer surgery is based on an invalid paradigm of what cancer is.

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The current paradigm is that cancer is a local disease that sometimes later spreads, so removing the tumor means removing the disease. Therefore the accepted primary treatment for cancer, once a solid tumor is diagnosed, is surgery. Prior to the acceptance of this paradigm cancer was considered a systemic disease.

There is much anecdotal evidence showing that surgery can produce short or medium-term increased survival when used to remove tumors that are immediately life-threatening by obstructing vital organs such as the bowel or pressing on the brain. However this process could also apply to benign growths threatening vital organs and is therefore not necessarily evidence that surgery affects the course of the disease. Unfortunately this temporary benefit has been assumed to also apply to the more than 95% of tumors that are not immediately life-threatening.

It appears that the current paradigm of what cancer is, a local disease that later spreads is invalid, and there is a lack of scientific evidence supporting the use of surgery, apart from for tumors that are immediately life-threatening or causing obstruction, to overcome cancer.

Cancer treatment can only be effective only if it is be based on a valid paradigm of what cancer is and therefore capable of affecting the course of the disease.

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Strong Ties Between Gum Disease and Cancer

Strong Ties Between Gum Disease and Cancer | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
the less Fusobacterium nucleatum in the mouth, the less chance for it to penetrate the bloodstream and end up in the colon, facilitating the spread of cancer.
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A study of oral pathogen Fusobacterium nucleatum, commonly found in the mouth, indicates that it can actually impede the body’s immune system from fighting against cancer. Co-authors of the published findings, Dr. Ofer Mandelboim and Dr. Gilad Bachrach, discovered that the F. nucleatum germ could “collude” with colon cancer cells to inhibit an immune cell receptor called TIGIT – a natural body defense to the spread of cancer.

This has established a solid connection between F. nucleatum’s activities and a specific worsening in the condition of cancer patients. The researchers found that the bacterium was found not only in the mouth, but in human colorectal tumors as well.

So it is important to maintain proper oral hygiene, and minimize the colonization of Fusobacterium nucleatum in the mouth, as an important step to help with cancer prevention.

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Olive Oil Compound Kills Cancer Cells

Olive Oil Compound Kills Cancer Cells | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
Oleocanthal, an antioxidant found in extra-virgin olive oil, has been shown to wipe out cancer cells in as little as 30 minutes.
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Researchers from Rutgers University and Hunter College have found that extra-virgin olive oil can eradicate cancer cells. They found the primary phenolic compound in olive oil, oleocanthal, was destroying the cancer cells’ waste centers, known as lysosomes, which are larger than healthy cells and also more fragile.

While discoveries based on cell cultures provide a reliable model for understanding how an external substance affects a new biological environment, it must be borne in mind that cells aren’t as complex as rats, which aren’t as complex as humans.

However the findings reveal possibilities for oleocanthal, which is just one of the many phenols — a type of antioxidant — that appears in extra-virgin olive oil.

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▶ Cancer's Forbidden Cures

Astounding revelations of various cancer cures suppressed by reptilian/Illuminati AMA and FDA.
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An interesting documentary video (1h 32m) that explains why we have the type of conventional cancer treatments that we have today.

It traces the history of cancer treatments throughout last century, and shows that natural remedies which actually cured thousands of cancer patients were denied to the people by the medical authorities, despite the fact that the remedies worked. Instead the medical authorities forced people to use the patented pharmaceutical drugs that we have today, and made all other treatments illegal without any investigation of their effectiveness.

The cures included those from American Indian cultures, farmers and others who had observed in nature what medicinal herbs were available and effective. In some cases what animals did to cure themselves of sickness was used as input to devise cures. In others it was getting the body to a balanced state so that it could cure the cancer itself.

The inventor of one of the cures in common use in the 1950s invited the medical authorities to do any tests they wanted on his cure, to prove or disprove that his remedy actually cured cancer. He also offered to pay all of the costs of such tests. However the medical authorities refused to perform any tests. Instead the FDA at the time issued a statement that there was no scientific evidence that his cure was effective.

It is clear from the facts presented in this documentary that many natural cancer remedies curing thousands of cancer patients during last century were refused any investigation by the medical authorities of the time, and instead were outlawed and pronounced illegal without any sound basis.

The evidence and events presented does make you wonder if the ‘cancer industry’ and medical authorities are actually interested at all in finding a cure for cancer, particularly if that cure is based on any natural non-patentable approach.

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Master switch found to stop tumor cell growth by inducing dormancy

Master switch found to stop tumor cell growth by inducing dormancy | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
Commonly used anticancer drugs may help to make tumor cells dormant, scientists report. "Our results explain why some tumor cells scattered through the body are committed to remaining harmless for years, while others cause active disease," said one investigator. "In finding this master switch we found a way to analyze tumor cells before treatment to determine the risk of a cancer recurrence or metastasis."
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Researchers discovered that the gene NR2F1, when switched on, programs tumor cells to stay dormant. When the gene is switched off, tumor cells divide and multiply as part of abnormal growth, potentially allowing dormant cells to grow into tumors throughout the body (metastasis).

According to the study, NR2F1 exerts control over long lasting programs in stem cells in the human embryo, where it directs cells to stop growing and become specialized cells (neurons) for life. This function suggests that NR2F1 may exert a long-lasting effect on tumor cells, keeping them dormant after they have broken off from an original tumor.

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Exercise is an Important Component of Cancer Treatment

Exercise is an Important Component of Cancer Treatment | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
Exercise can help slash your risk of cancer, lessen risk of cancer recurrence, and also helps diminish your risk of dementia.
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Mounting research suggests that exercise is an important part of cancer care and prevention. The British organization Macmillan Cancer Support recommends that all patients getting cancer treatment should be told to engage in moderate-intensity exercise for two and a half hours every week, stating that the advice to rest and take it easy after treatment is an outdated view. Exercise also improves circulation, driving more oxygen into the tissues, and circulating immune cells in the blood.

Previous studies have shown that exercise can have a powerful effect on cancer care and recovery. For patients who have gone through breast or colon cancer treatment, regular exercise has been found to reduce recurrence of the disease by up to 50% (read more here - http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/249636.php ).

Professor Dr. Robert Thomas, a Consultant Oncologist at Addenbrooke's and Bedford Hospitals, a visiting Professor at Cranfield University and a clinical teacher at Cambridge University, comments that, in terms of cancer, exercise reduces the side effects of treatment, makes patients feel better, reduce risk of relapse, and improves the chance of living an overall healthy long life. Rest during and after treatment is considered by Dr. Thomas as not the best thing to do.

A common side effect of chemotherapy is fatigue which can lead to anxiety and depression. Regular exercise during treatment can improve mood, reduce anxiety and contribute to prevention of ‘chemo-brain’. During initial treatments of chemotherapy and radiotherapy it is important to maintain activity and keep moving. After treatment is finished Dr. Thomas advises to exercise more vigorously, building up slowly to perhaps 2.5 to 3 hours per week in an enjoyable activity such as brisk walking.

Dr. Thomas delivered an interesting PowerPoint presentation entitled "Evidence based lifestyle and self-help strategies after Cancer", which you can see here - https://youtu.be/wrYXIbXccmM .

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Breast Cancer Classification Varies According to Hormone Receptor Status and HER2 Gene.

Breast Cancer Classification Varies According to Hormone Receptor Status and HER2 Gene. | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
(HealthDay)—Breast cancer isn't the same for every woman, even at the cellular level, according to a new statement from four major medical groups focused on the disease.
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A report issued by the American Cancer Society, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. National Cancer Institute, and the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries, classifies breast cancers based on four molecularly defined subtypes according to their hormone receptor (HR) status and a tumor cell's activity around the HER2 gene.

The four tumor types, which respond differently to treatment and have different survival rates, are:
- Luminal A (HR+/HER2-),
- Luminal B (HR+/HER2+),
- HER2-enriched (HR-/HER2+), and
- Triple negative (HR-/HER2-).

Cancer registries across the United States are now recording these breast cancer subtypes.

Dr. Charles Shapiro, director of Translational Breast Cancer Research at the Tisch Cancer Institute at Mount Sinai in New York City, comments that "the biology of these subtypes is of critical importance to selecting the most effective treatments for breast cancer.”

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Lady with Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer Given Only 6-Weeks to Live Cures Her Own Cancer Naturally.

Lady with Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer Given Only 6-Weeks to Live Cures Her Own Cancer Naturally. | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
In 2003, Felicity Corbin-Wheeler was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and given six weeks to live, but she healed it with plant-based diet and alternative th...
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A compelling interview with Felicity Corbin-Wheeler, a pancreatic cancer survivor and a former British Red Cross nurse. She was diagnosed in 2003 with stage 4 pancreatic cancer and given only 6-weeks to live. Now 12-years later she remains cancer-free.

Previously in 1989 her daughter was diagnosed with stage 4 Hodgins lymphoma and died within 2-years of that diagnosis at age 20, after following all of the conventional recommended chemotherapy and radiation therapies. Her 14 year-old son was also diagnosed with cancer of the appendix which was successfully removed.

Due to her children’s plight with cancer and her observation of her daughter’s pain and suffering as a result of her unsuccessful conventional treatments, she decided to become more familiar with other ways of dealing with cancer than the conventional medical approaches.

Fortunately for her, when diagnosed with incurable pancreatic cancer, she turned to what she had learned about other natural treatments and began a program of treating herself. This included Vitamin B17 Laetrile, DMSO, Vitamin C, Pancreatic Enzymes, and a change of diet and lifestyle in keeping with the Gerson Therapy.

Listen to the interview about her amazing story.

With so many people today turning away from conventional medical therapies for cancer and managing to cure themselves using natural and holistic methods, it is becoming increasingly difficult for medical science to proclaim with any authority that the only way to treat cancer is with chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. In fact the more one hears the praise of these conventional methods, the more those methods begin to lose credibility in the face of the reality of these cancer survivors who have chosen other ways to cure themselves.

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11 Day Free Docu-Series on Cancer Treatments Presented by 28 Doctors and 11 Other Experts

11 Day Free Docu-Series on Cancer Treatments Presented by 28 Doctors and 11 Other Experts | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
Find out how to prevent and treat cancer 100% naturally, watch the free 11-day docu-series
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For anybody interested in the latest cancer treatments beyond the conventional chemotherapy, radiation and surgery, this is a ‘must-watch’ series of free videos for you.

In this video series you will hear from 28 doctors and 11 other experts on the subject of cancer. It is all entirely free of charge. All you need to do is to register to receive access, by going here - http://thetruthaboutcancer.com/quest/#a_aid=1587573 . The videos are available one per day from March 30th through April 9th.

There are 11 episodes covering the following subjects:
Episode 1 - Modern Medicine & The Cancer Pandemic
Episode 2 - Your First Line Of Defense
Episode 3 - Eliminate These "Dirty Dozen" To Prevent Cancer
Episode 4 - Your Secret Fountain Of Youth
Episode 5 - Nature's Pharmacy
Episode 6 - Clean Foods & The Cancer Diet
Episode 7 - Diagnostic "Do's & Dont's" - Proven Treatment Protocols Part 1
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Joshua Welch's curator insight, April 4, 1:37 PM

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A Second Opinion Recommended for Any Breast Cancer Diagnosis.

A Second Opinion Recommended for Any Breast Cancer Diagnosis. | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
Another challenging diagnosis is ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), which happens when the cancer is inside the milk ducts but considered non-invasive. When it came to DCIS biopsies, pathologists agreed 84% of the time. Three percent of the time they diagnosed DCIS, and 13% of the time they missed it.
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A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association reveals that when it comes to diagnosing breast cancer, doctors do not always agree on what the biopsy slides reveal.

In the study the researchers asked 115 U.S. pathologists to assess 240 breast cancer biopsy slides and make a diagnosis. Their responses were then compared to what a panel of three highly regarded experts determined to be the correct diagnosis.

Fortunately, when it came to diagnosing invasive cancer, there was broad consensus; the pathologists agreed with the panel 96% of the time. When it came to non-cancerous biopsies, the pathologists agreed 87% of the time, but 13% of the time they misdiagnosed.

When it came to more challenging cases—like atypia, where breast cancer cells are abnormal but not cancerous—the pathologists only agreed 48% of the time. In 17% of the cases, the pathologists diagnosed atypia when the expert panel did not, and 35% of the time the pathologists missed the diagnosis.

Another challenging diagnosis is ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), which happens when the cancer is inside the milk ducts but considered non-invasive. When it came to DCIS biopsies, pathologists agreed 84% of the time. Three percent of the time they diagnosed DCIS, and 13% of the time they missed it.

The report is available here for anybody interested - http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=2203798

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Weed-Killer Products Containing Glyphosate Deemed Carcinogenic by World Health Organization.

Weed-Killer Products Containing Glyphosate Deemed Carcinogenic by World Health Organization. | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it

Glyphosate, one of the world's most common weed killers, is a "probable carcinogen."

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The active ingredient glyphosate of the herbicide ‘Roundup’ made by Monsanto has been classified by WHO as “probably carcinogenic to humans."

Glyphosate is employed in more than 750 herbicide products and has been detected in the air, during spraying and in foods.

This is not the first time such assertions have been made in connection with the use of glyphosate and its detrimental effect on human health. Environmentalists, consumer groups and plant scientists from several countries have warned that heavy use of glyphosate is causing problems for plants, people and animals.

A study done at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology reports that “residues [of glyphosate] enhance the damaging effects of other food-borne chemical residues and toxins in the environment to disrupt normal body functions and induce disease. Negative impact on the body is insidious and manifests slowly over time as inflammation damages cellular systems throughout the body.”

Agricultural chemicals have also been linked to non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Deterioration of public health and liver cancer has also been shown to parallel the increase in glyphosate use and genetically modified crops, based on US government data.

You can see more of the reports on this here - http://www.scoop.it/t/cancer-advances-knowledge-integrative-holistic-treatments?q=glyphosate

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Evidence Indicates Over-Diagnosis in Mammography Screening for Breast Cancer is Harmful.

Evidence Indicates Over-Diagnosis in Mammography Screening for Breast Cancer is Harmful. | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
Practitioners should not be incentivised to achieve participation, nor should high participation in screening be regarded as a marker of health service quality.
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The British Medical Journal has published a report by Dr. Alexandra Barratt, Professor of Public Health in the School of Public Health, University of Sydney which debates the case of over-diagnosis in breast cancer mammography screening.

It was thought that the benefits of early detection and treatment would outweigh any risks of treatment and would not introduce substantial harm through false positives, radiation, or over-diagnosis. However, evidence of the unanticipated harms of mammography screening has fuelled debate about whether such screening should be changed or even abandoned. In Switzerland routine mammograms have been discontinued, as The Swiss Medical Board have stated the benefits of mammograms do not outweigh the harms.

In an optimal screening scenario rates of advanced cancer should drop with increased detection and treatment of early stage disease. However this appears not to be the case, as many studies show that rates of advanced breast cancer have declined only modestly or remained stable. This strongly suggests that mammography screening is detecting low risk or non-progressing breast cancer that would never have become life threatening.

Screen detected breast cancer that is non-progressing cannot be distinguished from early cancer that will progress because of the lack of reliable prognostic markers. As a result treatment is recommended to all women to reduce the risks of recurrence and breast cancer mortality, and they are all exposed to the physical and psychosocial harms of cancer treatments even though the cancer detected may never have progressed, or indeed it may have gone away of itself.

Many women continue to be “prescribed” or encouraged to undergo screening rather than being supported to make an informed choice. Women should be given complete and unbiased information that has been carefully developed and tested. Information is an intervention that may have both positive and detrimental effects if it is not complete and unbiased.

In addition Dr. Barratt asserts that practitioners should not be incentivized to achieve screening participation, nor should high participation in screening be regarded as a marker of health service quality.

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Mammograms Discontinued in Switzerland Based on Conclusion They Do More Harm Than Good.

Mammograms Discontinued in Switzerland Based on Conclusion They Do More Harm Than Good. | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it

Mammography screening is the general, worldwide accepted way to conduct breast cancer screening - .except Switzerland.

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A report published in the New England Journal of Medicine, states why the Swiss Medical Board has recommended to discontinue systematic mammograms.

The ongoing debate over mammography screening is based on a “series of re-analyses of the same, predominantly outdated trials.” The first mammography trial began more than 50 years ago and the last trial was in 1991.

The Swiss Medical Board state that the benefits of mammograms do not outweigh the harms. They noted they were “struck by how non-obvious it was that the benefits of mammography screening outweighed the harms.”

They cited a recent study published in British Medical Journal (BMJ) — one of the largest and longest studies of mammography to date — involving 90,000 women followed for 25 years. It found that mammograms have absolutely NO impact on breast cancer mortality.

The Swiss Medical Board said they were “disconcerted” by the profound discrepancy between women’s perceptions of mammography benefits and the actual benefits. How can women make an informed decision if they overestimate the benefit of mammography. The reality is that the science backing the health benefits of mammograms is sorely lacking.

Mounting research shows that more women are being harmed by regular mammograms than are saved by them.

When it comes to cancer prevention many doctors are just as confused and manipulated as the average person on the street because of the relentless industry and media propaganda that downplays or ignores research that dramatically contradicts their profit-based agenda.

Mammography screening is big business. And big business usually means an implied false sense of security and a misappropriation of information. That’s just how things are. Breast cancer reduction has been shown to be effective when there are dietary changes, such as much lowered fructose intakes, lowered protein intakes and increased Vitamin D. Eat high fiber vegetables, don’t smoke, don’t drink too much, get sleep. These are the things your body is craving.

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Chemotherapy Has Been Shown in Scientific Studies to be a Cause rather Than a Cure for Cancer.

Chemotherapy Has Been Shown in Scientific Studies to be a Cause rather Than a Cure for Cancer. | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it

The world is now realizing how deadly chemotherapy is, and how it actually makes cancer worse.

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Researchers from the Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington, found that chemotherapy, which is a recognized poison, damages the DNA of healthy, non-cancerous cells, causing them to produce molecules that in turn produce more cancer cells.

In his book The Healing of Cancer, Dr. Allen Levin, M.D. explains that “Most cancer patients in this country die of chemotherapy.”  He goes on to write “Chemotherapy does not eliminate breast, colon, or lung cancers. This fact has been documented for over a decade, yet doctors still use chemotherapy for these tumors.”

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Coloring Used in Some Sodas Poses Cancer Risk

Coloring Used in Some Sodas Poses Cancer Risk | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it

Coloring used in some sodas poses cancer risk

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Public health researchers looking at U.S. soda drinking habits warn that many people may be regularly exposing themselves to a potentially cancer-causing byproduct of the caramel coloring used in some types of soda.

A possible human carcinogen—4-methylimidazole (4-MEI)—is formed during the manufacture of some kinds of the caramel coloring used in in colas and other dark soft drinks. While there's currently no federal limit for 4-MEI in food or beverages, Consumer Reports petitioned the Food and Drug Administration to set limits for the potential carcinogen.

Urvashi Rangan, executive director for Consumer Reports' Food Safety and Sustainability Center comments that "this new analysis underscores our belief that people consume significant amounts of soda that unnecessarily elevate their risk of cancer over the course of a lifetime. We believe beverage makers and the government should take the steps needed to protect public health”.

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Does Sugar Feed Cancer?

Does Sugar Feed Cancer? | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
Does Sugar Feed Cancer? Glucose, Carbohydrates and Insulin Glucose is the form of sugar used in every cell in our body. It comes from the diet we eat (in
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The sugar content contained in fresh fruits and vegetables, and their juices, is very different from refined sugars and other concentrated sweeteners such as corn syrup.

The natural fresh foods contain a high percentage of water as well as oxygen, enzymes, vitamins and minerals, in addition to their sugars. This combination of nutrients provides the body much of what it needs to effectively utilize and break down that fresh food item and its natural sugars. In contrast processed and packaged foods containing refined sugars, sweeteners and chemicals do not come with the same compliment of necessary nutrients to utilize and break down the contents of that food item.

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Ellen Naylor's curator insight, February 24, 12:27 PM

An informative and easy to understand article on the different forms of sugar, how they affect us, as well as cooked, versus raw versus juiced veggies and fruits. I hadn't thought about the different between eating raw veggies vs raw fruits in that raw fruit is easier to digest since it has less fiber. 

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Hong Kong’s Cancer Rates Increased by 27%

Hong Kong’s Cancer Rates Increased by 27% | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
high incidence rates in Hong Kong due to an increasingly affluent society, with lifestyle habits such as smoking and diets rich in meat and fat being major contributing factors.
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The number of cancer patients in Hong Kong has grown 27% over the past 10 years. Breast cancer rates had the highest increase at 70% compared with a decade ago.

The major contributors to this are unhealthy diet, stressful lifestyle, and lack of exercise. High incidence cancer rates are often seen in affluent societies, with poor lifestyle habits, no exercise, smoking, and high consumption of meat and fat. Similar trends are being seen in China and Singapore.

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