Research: Ginger Selectively Kills Breast Cancer Cells

New research published in the Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology found that “ginger may be a promising candidate for the treatment of breast carcinomas.”[i]  This is a timely finding, insofar as breast cancer awareness month is only days away, and one of the primary fund-raising justifications is the false concept Continue reading

Selenium

Did You Know…

…that an inexpensive and readily available mineral called selenium offers exceptional protection against cancer?

Over the last few decades, several randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trials have shown that a daily dose of just 200 mcg of selenium (at a cost of just pennies) can … Continue reading

Fruits and Vegetables Have Different Effects on Colon Cancer Risk

Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables has long been recommended to promote overall well-being and health. Researchers at the Western Australian Institute for Medical Research now believe that the types of produce consumed can affect a person’s risk of colorectal cancer in different ways, depending on the site of the carcinoma.

In a study, a team of scientists found that brassica vegetables — which include Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli and cabbage — may have a protective effect against distal and proximal colon cancer. However, apples were specifically associated with a lower risk of tumors of the distal colon, while fruit juice appeared to increase chances of rectal cancer. Continue reading

U.S. Rectal Cancer Increasing in Young

Rectal cancer rates are increasing in people age 40 and under across races and in both sexes, U.S. researchers said.

Study leader Dr. Joshua Meyer, a radiation oncologist at Fox Chase Cancer Center, analyzed trends in U.S. rectal cancer compared with colon cancer trends. Dr. Meyer worked on the study while at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City.

Using data from the Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results cancer registry, the researchers identified 7,661 colon and rectal cancer patients age 40 and under between 1973 and 2005.

The study, published in the journal Cancer, finds overall rates of colon cancer and rectal cancer were low during the study — 1.11 cases per 100,000 for colon cancer and 0.42 cases per 100,000 for rectal cancer.

Colon cancer rates remained essentially flat in people age 40 and under in recent decades but rectal cancer rates from 1984 to 2005, rose 3.8 percent per year.

“We suggest that in young people presenting with rectal bleeding or other common signs of rectal cancer, endoscopic evaluation should be considered in order to rule out a malignancy,” Meyer said in a statement. “This is in contrast to what is frequently done, which is to attribute these findings to hemorrhoids.”