Fruit & Vegetable Consumption Lowers Pancreatic Cancer Risk

Fruit in a basketFruit and vegetable consumption may reduce the probability of developing pancreatic cancer according to several recent scientific studies.

One of the largest studies on the relationship between fruit and vegetable consumption and pancreatic cancer risk was published in September 2005 in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. The study was conducted by researchers at the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of California and involved analyzing the dietary habits of 532 individuals diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and comparing them to 1,701 healthy individuals.


Resveratrol, Found In Red Wine, Kills Pancreatic Cancer Cells

Red wine in glassResveratrol, an antioxidant found in red wine, peanuts, grapes, and cranberry juice, has been shown to kill pancreatic cancer cells in vitro according to a new study published in the journal Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology.

Researchers divided cancerous pancreatic cells into two groups, one group was treated with a 50 mcg/mL resveratrol solution while the other group did not receive the resveratrol treatment.


Catechins In Green Tea Prevent Advanced Prostate Cancer

Bowl of green teaProstate cancer is very common in western countries but quite rare in Asian countries. Many researchers believe this is due to the large amounts of green tea consumed in Asian countries and several research studies have confirmed a link between green tea consumption and lower rates of prostate cancer.

The largest of these studies was carried out at the Research Center for Cancer Prevention and Screening at the National Cancer Center (NCC) in Tokyo, Japan. Data was gathered by questioning 49,920 men between the ages of 40 and 69 on their green tea drinking habits.


Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Sufferers Are Living Longer

Those diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma are living much longer now than they did ten years according to a recent study published in the March 10 issue of the journal Archives of Internal Medicine.

German researchers examined data from the 5 and 10 year survival rates of patients aged 15 or older diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The researchers found both 5-year and 1-year survival rates for those living with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma have improved significantly from 1990-1992 to 2002-2004.


Study: Smokers’ Lung Cancer Risk Not Reduced By Vitamin E, C, Or B9

Pills spilling from bottleA scientific study has shown that three popular vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin E, and folic acid (vitamin B9) do not reduce lung cancer risk. Furthermore, researchers found a small but significant increase in lung cancer risk amongst smokers taking vitamin E supplements.

The research, which is reported in the March 2008 issue of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, followed 77,126 American men and women from the state of Washington aged between 50 and 76.


High Blood Sugar Raises Pancreatic, Liver, & Colorectal Cancer Risk

While most people know that high blood sugar levels are a precursor for diabetes, several studies have also suggested a link between high blood sugar levels and the risk of developing some forms of cancer.

The largest of these studies was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in January 2005. The researchers used data from the Korean Cancer Prevention Study (KCPS) which involved more than 1.2 million Koreans between the ages of 30 and 95.


Study: Hypnosis Reduces Cost Of Breast Cancer Surgery

A new study, published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute has suggested that a session of hypnosis prior to breast cancer surgery can reduces the overall cost of the procedure by over $750.

The study, conducted by researchers at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York found that patients who received hypnosis prior to undergoing breast cancer surgery recovered much faster from the procedure, required less medication, and experienced less anxiety, discomfort, and pain than patients who did not undergo hypnosis.


Vitamin & Mineral Supplementation Higher In Cancer Survivors

Vitamin supplementsUsage of vitamin and minerals supplements is much higher amongst cancer survivors than it is in the general population according to a recent research review funded by the National Cancer Institute.

The study, published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology found that between 64 and 81 percent of cancer survivors had reported using some form of vitamin or mineral supplement while between 26 and 77 percent reported taking some form of multivitamin.


Obesity Linked To Cancer Of Pancreas, Liver, Bladder & Prostate

Most people know that being overweight increases your risk of developing diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. What a lot of people don’t realise however is that being overweight also increases your risk of developing many forms of cancer.

The most comprehensive study on the environmental and lifestyle factors responsible for cancer is known as “The Cancer Prevention Study 2″. The study was conducted from 1982 to 1997 and followed 1.2 million American men and women


Breast Cancer Strikes Black Women Earlier And Harder

Black women both develop breast cancer at an earlier age and are more likely to die from it according to a new study published in the British Journal of Cancer.

The study, conducted using patient data from Homerton University Hospital in Hackney from 1994 to 2005 found that black women were diagnosed with breast cancer a massive 21 years earlier on average than white women. The study also suggested a poorer survival rate amongst black women diagnosed with breast cancer


Exercise Reduces Colon Cancer Risk By Up To 44 Percent

Man on bikeJust one hour of walking a week could be enough exercise to reduce a persons colon cancer risk by almost a third according to a recent American study published in the International Journal of Cancer.

Researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine followed over 79,000 women between the ages of 40 and 65 for a period of 16 years. 547 women developed colon cancer over the study period.


Breast Cancer More Likely In Overweight Women

Women who are overweight have a greater risk of developing breast cancer according to a recent American study published in the British Journal of Cancer.

The study, conducted by several scientists of the Hormel Institute at the University of Minnesota found that people with lower levels of a protein hormone known as adiponectin or Acrp30 were much more likely to develop breast cancer.


Radiotherapy As Good As Surgery For Bladder Cancer Treatment

Radiotherapy has proved to be more effective than surgery for treating muscle-invasive bladder cancer according to a recent study from the United Kingdom.

Researchers from the Pyrah Department of Urology at the St. James’s University Hospital, Leeds, UK, compared the survival rates of 169 patients over a five year period from 1996 to 2000. 97 of the patients received radiotherapy while 89 had surgery to completely remove the bladder (known as a radical cystectomy).


Genetic Test For Prostate Cancer On The Horizon

A new genetic test, that could be on the market within a few years, aims to accurately determine a man’s likelihood of developing prostate cancer.

Swedish scientists have determined the role that certain inherited genetic markers play in making some men more susceptible to the disease. Currently five genes are known to play a role in prostate cancer, however each of these genes by itself has only a small impact on the probability of a person developing prostate cancer.


Ten Easy Ways To Lower Your Cancer Risk

Medical experts believe that up to two-thirds of all cancers can be attributed to poor lifestyle and dietary choices.

The types of cancer considered to be the most preventable include some of the most common and deadly forms of cancer in the western world such as lung, colorectal, breast, and stomach cancer.

Here are some simple tips to help reduce your chances of developing cancer:

  • Keep your fat intake below 30% of your total calories - Both saturated and unsaturated forms of fat have been linked to the development of some cancers. Trans fats in particular are thought to increase susceptibility to prostate and breast cancers.