General Risk Reduction/ Potential Etiologies For Consideration
Presidential panel report: to avoid cancer, eat organic, filter water, avoid plastic food containers
The President's Cancer Panel today issued a report that includes some surprising recommendations for minimizing environmental cancer risk: eat organic, filter your water, and avoid storing food or beverages in plastics that contain Bisphenol A (BPA). The bottom line is to minimize exposure to potentially harmful chemicals.
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AICR's Foods That Fight Cancer
No single food or food component can protect you against cancer by itself. But strong evidence does show that a diet filled with a variety of plant foods such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains and beans helps lower risk for many cancers.
Diet Therapy
One of the most crucial aspects in treating cancer is diet. Diet is a critical factor in the development of cancer and its prevention. Conventional treatments for cancer focus solely on treating the tumor or cancer cells with little emphasis on the whole health of the individual including their diet. Most patients undergoing treatment are either not advised on what to eat or are told eat as much as you can regardless the type of food. It is important to undertake specialized dietary changes that take into consideration current conventional treatments, your state of health and progression of the disease.
Environmental cancer risks may be more dangerous than you think
Pollutants and other chemicals in your environment — your home, your frontyard, your workplace — may be more toxic to your health than you know, according to a report released earlier this month. The President's Cancer Panel, an advisory group charged with monitoring the war on cancer, proposed in its May 5 report that environmental chemicals might contribute to a larger share of deaths from cancer than the 1% to 5% figure cited by the National Cancer Institute.
Toxins causing 'grievous harm,' cancer panel says
Widespread exposure to environmental toxins poses a serious threat to Americans, causing "grievous harm" that government agencies have not adequately addressed, according to a strongly worded report released today by the President's Cancer Panel, a body of experts that reports directly to President Obama. The American Cancer Society estimates that about 6% of cancer deaths — nearly 34,000 a year — are caused by environmental pollutants.
WHO's cancer agency: Diesel fumes cause cancer
Diesel fumes cause cancer, the World Health Organization's cancer agency declared Tuesday, a ruling it said could make exhaust as important a public health threat as secondhand smoke. The risk of getting cancer from diesel fumes is small, but since so many people breathe in the fumes in some way, the science panel said raising the status of diesel exhaust to carcinogen from "probable carcinogen" was an important shift.
Supportive care before, during and after chemotherapy and radiation therapy
Instructional DVD: How to Give Comfort through Touch and Massage to a Loved One with Cancer
One of the most comforting forms of support you can give a loved one with cancer is the use of touch through massage. This inspiring and authoritative DVD program provides detailed instruction by leading experts in the field of oncology massage* in safe and simple techniques anyone can learn and apply. Developed with support from the National Cancer Institute, it follows eleven cancer patients and their caregivers through a workshop as they learn and practice simple touch and massage techniques together. Gain new confidence and satisfaction in caring for your loved one.
Acupuncture May Trigger Natural Painkiller
The needle pricks involved in acupuncture may help relieve pain by triggering a natural painkilling chemical called adenosine, a new study has found.
The researchers also believe they can enhance acupuncture's effectiveness by coupling the process with a well-known cancer drug -- deoxycoformycin -- that maintains adenosine levels longer than usual.
Cancer survivors urged to exercise
Cancer survivors, better work up a sweat.
New guidelines are urging survivors to exercise more, even — hard as it may sound — those who haven't yet finished their treatment.
There's growing evidence that physical activity improves quality of life and eases some cancer-related fatigue. More, it can help fend off a serious decline in physical function that can last long after therapy is finished.
Breast Cancer: Risk Reduction/ Potential Etiologies For Consideration
40 Women With Breast Cancer Had This "Cosmetic Ingredient" in Their Tissues
New research has detected the presence of paraben esters in 99 percent of breast cancer tissues sampledi. The study examined 40 women who were being treated for primary breast cancer.
In 60 percent of cases, five of the different esters were present.
Parabens are chemicals with estrogen-like properties, and estrogen is one of the hormones involved in the development of breast cancer.
Researchers Identify Cancer Preventive Properties in Common Dietary Supplement
Early laboratory research has shown that resveratrol, a common dietary supplement, suppresses the abnormal cell formation that leads to most types of breast cancer, suggesting a potential role for the agent in breast cancer prevention. Resveratrol is a natural substance found in red wine and red grapes. It is sold in extract form as a dietary supplement at most major drug stores.
Apigenin, Found In Celery And Parsley, Could Help Fight Breast Cancer
A substance found in celery and parsley could pack a powerful punch against breast cancer, according to a new study in mice.
Researchers from the University of Missouri found that apigenin seems to have an effect on certain kinds of breast cancer tumors associated with the hormone progestin (given along with estrogen to women as part of hormone replacement therapy for menopause, and is known to increase the risk of breast cancer).
Dietary Aromatase Inhibitors may be useful in Breast Cancer and curiously also in prostate cancer
About three quarters of all breast cancers are hormone sensitive that is the tumor cells are stimulated to proliferate by the hormone estrogen. Blocking this stimulation has become a key component in the long-term treatment of these cancers. The FDA first approved the drug Tamoxifen in 1977 and it quickly became the standard of care for treating metastatic breast cancer and in preventing recurrent breast cancer. Tamoxifen works by binding to estrogen receptors and blocking estrogen from being able to attach and stimulate the cancer cells.
Mushrooms and Breast Cancer:
Eating a lot of mushrooms may cut risk of breast cancer risk in post menopausal women by 80%. That should catch your attention.
A case-control study on the dietary intake of mushrooms and breast cancer risk among Korean women.
Hong SA, Kim K, Nam SJ, Kong G, Kim MK. Int J Cancer. 2008 Feb 15;122(4):919-23.
Department of Preventive Medicine, College of Medicine, Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea.
To evaluate the association between dietary mushroom intake and breast cancer risk, a total of 362 women between the ages of 30 and 65 years who were histologically confirmed to have breast cancer were matched to controls by age (+/-2 years) and menopausal status. Mushroom intake was measured via a food frequency questionnaire that was administered by well-trained interviewers. The associations between the daily intake and the average consumption frequency of mushrooms with breast cancer risk were evaluated using matched data analysis. Both the daily intake (5th vs. 1st quintile, OR = 0.48, 95% CI = 0.30-0.78, p for trend 0.030) and the average consumption frequency of mushrooms (4th vs. 1st quartile, OR = 0.54, 95% CI = 0.35-0.82, p for trend 0.008) were inversely associated with breast cancer risk after adjustment for education, family history of breast cancer, regular exercise [>or=22.5 MET (metabolic equivalent)-hr/week], BMI (body mass index, Kg/m(2)), number of children and whether they are currently smoking, drinking or using multivitamin supplements. Further adjustments were made for energy-adjusted carbohydrate, soy protein, folate and vitamin E levels, which tended to attenuate these results. After a stratification was performed according to menopausal status, a strong inverse association was found in postmenopausal women (OR = 0.16, 95% CI = 0.04-0.54, p for trend = 0.0058 for daily intake; OR = 0.17, 95% CI = 0.05-0.54, p for trend = 0.0037 for average frequency), but not in premenopausal women. In conclusion, the consumption of dietary mushrooms may decrease breast cancer risk in postmenopausal women.
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PMID: 17943725