Having More Children Linked to Lower Ovarian Cancer Rates

November 4, 2015 Leave a comment

According to a new study in which “British researchers analyzed data from more than 8,000 women to determine risk factors” of the most prevalent types of ovarian cancer, “the more children a woman has, the lower her risk of ovarian cancer may be” (Preidt, 2015). In comparison to women without children, the results suggest women with one child have a “20 percent lower overall risk of ovarian cancer and a 40 percent lower risk of endometrioid and clear cell tumors,” and “each additional child offered an additional 8 percent reduction in overall ovarian cancer risk” (Preidt, 2015). Considering that there were over 8,000 participants in this study, these results seem to be significant. However, this cannot be confirmed yet because the p value (the standard measure of statistical significance) was not made available.

Nevertheless, it is interesting that having more children is inversely proportional to the chances of a woman developing ovarian cancer. Furthermore, women who have had tubal ligations also appear to have less of a chance of being afflicted with one of the four types of ovarian cancer (Preidt, 2015). have a “20 percent lower overall risk of ovarian cancer; a 20 percent lower risk for high-grade serous tumors; and a 50 percent lower risk for endometrioid and clear cell tumors” (Preidt, 2015). I realize this is slightly ironic because you cannot have more children if you have a tubal ligation, but this study is presumably referring to tubal ligation later in life, after women are certain they are done having children.

Of course it is controversial to suggest that women need to have more kids or should undergo tubal ligations later in life. However, we have seen that having a larger family, and thus a larger support system, seems to correlate with lower cancer incidence rates. If you are interested in learning how marriage can possibly reduce cancer, please refer to my post from September, 2015.

I personally think this research study is quite fascinating, but I do not believe that having a certain amount of kids or a tubal ligation necessarily defines the line between a cancer diagnosis and a cancer-free life. Of course, I could be wrong. But the fact of the matter is that cancer is generally accepted to arise as a result of a variety of contributing factors. Most of these factors are not as drastic as childbirth and tubal ligation. We can’t control our genetics, but we should definitely try to keep alcohol, cigarette, soda, BPA, and MSG consumption to a minimum. In our society it is often hard to live without some of these risk factors, but it is important to consider that we must do everything potentially harmful in moderation to minimize cancer risk!

Preidt, Robert. “Having Children Tied to Lower Ovarian Cancer Risk.” Retrieved Nov. 3, 2015 from http://www.webmd.com/ovarian-cancer/news/20151103/study-links-having-children-to-lower-ovarian-cancer-risk. 3 November 2015. Web.

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Promising Cuban Lung Cancer Vaccine

Over the last few years, Cuba has developed a promising vaccine against lung cancer. Improved relations between the United States and Cuba likely means that “US researchers will bring the Cimavax vaccine stateside and get on track for approval by the Food and Drug Administration” (Patel). The current Cimavax vaccine does not directly attack tumors. Instead, it targets proteins produced by tumors. This allows for production of antibodies against epidermal growth factors (hormones) known to cause cancer. In other words, “the point of Cimavax is to keep lung tumors from growing and metastasizing, turning a late-stage growth into something chronic but manageable” (Patel). In its current form, Cimavax is comparable to other cancer treatment options in the United States and throughout Europe. However, researchers at Roswell Park Cancer institute in Buffalo, NY recognize that the Cimavax vaccine has great potential to become a “preventative intervention” against lung cancer and “many other cancers, like prostate, breast, colon, and pancreatic cancer” (Patel). The Cubans have innovated a vaccine with a great foundation. There is much hope that pharmaceutical companies in the US, Europe and Japan will take Cimavax to the next level and transform it into a successful preventative drug that will spare millions of people the pain and suffering of cancer.

Works Cited

Patel, Neel V. “Cuba Has a Lung Cancer Vaccine – And America Wants it.” Retrieved May 11, 2015 from http://www.wired.com/2015/05/cimavax-roswell-park-cancer-institute/. 11 May 2015. Web.

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Can Cannabis Extracts be Used to Destroy Brain Tumors?

November 19, 2014 1 comment

A research study performed by Dr. Wai Liu and his research team at St. George’s, University of London, U.K. has found that the most effective treatment of brain cancer in mice is a combination of radiotherapy treatment and an active chemical component of the cannabis plant called cannabinoids (Moore). Two of these cannabinoids were tested individually as part of the study: THC (commonly associated with marijuana) and cannabidiol (CBD). Scientists who took part in the research claim that tumors growing in mice brains were “drastically slowed down” when THC or CBD were used in conjunction with irradiation (Moore). Dr Wai Liu, lead researcher on the project, commented, “Those [mice] treated with both irradiation and the cannabinoids saw the most beneficial results and a drastic reduction in size. In some cases, the tumors effectively disappeared in the animals” (Moore). The research team is discussing the possibility of conducting clinical trials on humans to test to effectiveness of an irradiation + THC/CBD treatment on humans.

I am very excited about the results of the research study performed on mice, and I really hope Dr. Liu and his team get permission to conduct human clinical trials. While this combination of irradiation and cannabinoids is not a potential cure for brain cancer, it definitely has the potential to be a very efficient treatment. If the treatment is found to destroy brain tumors in humans, perhaps it will also be able to destroy other types of tumors too. We just have to wait and see.

Works Cited

Moore, Charles. “Study Finds Cannabis Extract/Radiotherapy Combo Can Make Some Brain Cancer Tumors ‘Virtually Disappear.'” Retrieved November 19th, 2014 from http://radiationtherapynews.com/2014/11/18/study-finds-cannabis-extractradiotherapy-combo-can-make-brain-cancer-tumors-virtually-disappear/. 18 November 2014. Web.

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Toothpaste Linked to Cancer?

September 7, 2014 Leave a comment

Many of you may have heard on TV, on the radio or through other people that Colgate Total toothpaste contains a chemical called triclosan that may increase the chance of cancer development (particularly breast cancer). It is understandable if you are worried about this. After all, if you use Colgate Total at least twice a day every day of the year, that’s certainly a lot of triclosans going into your body! While I don’t know enough information to write that using Colgate Total will definitely increase your chance of getting cancer, I do recommend using a different brand of toothpaste. It is always better to be “safe than sorry.” Not too long ago most people thought that BPA-containing products were harmless as well, but researchers have shown a clear link between BPA exposure and cancer incidence rates. Thus, avoiding the use of Colgate Total might be worth it in the long run… it is definitely worth it to spend a few more dollars on toothpaste every few months in order to ensure that you are maximizing your health in the present and future!

Here is a link to a great article that goes into much more detail about Colgate Total and the triclosans it contains; I highly recommend reading this to get a better understand of this situation…
http://www.newsweek.com/cancer-lurking-your-toothpaste-and-your-soap-and-your-lipstick-268322

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New Alternative to Chemotherapy?

Watch this video to find out what the future has in store in regards to more efficient cancer treatments… Perhaps it will even entirely replace chemotherapy!

Works Cited:

“Cancer breakthrough? Genetic sequencing could change cancer treatment forever.” Online video clip. Youtube. Youtube, 21 May 2014. Web. 23 May 2014.

“Genetic sequencing could change cancer treatment forever.” Cbsnews.com. Retrieved May 23, 2014 from http://www.cbsnews.com/news/genetic-sequencing-could-change-cancer-treatment-forever/. Web. 23 May 2014.

 

 

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Inspirational Video

I highly recommend for everyone to take a few minutes out of their days and watch this very inspirational video of a three year old girl who is clearly doing her best to fight cancer. My eyes truly began to tear up as I watched this earlier in the day.

3-Year-Old Sets The Bar High For The Rest Of Us With A Haircut 

 

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World Cancer Day

February 5, 2014 Leave a comment

Today is 2014 World Cancer Day. It is a day to spread cancer awareness to everyone in the world, and here is the information I am going to spread with you:

According to the World Health Organization, cancer cases worldwide are projected to increase by 70% from about 14 million people in the year 2012 to about 25 million people in the year 2026 (Boseley 2014). The report from the World Health Organization claims that “alcohol, obesity and physical activity are all preventable causes of cancer along with tobacco” (Boseley 2014).  Now let’s take population growth into the equation. If there are were about 7 billion people in the world in 2012, this means about 0.2% of the population had cancer. Assuming there will be about 8 billion people in the world 2026, this means about 0.3125% of the population will have cancer. So when taking population growth into effect, there will be an increase of 56% of total cancers in 2026.

You understand the enormity of such an increase in cancer incidence. Inform all your family members and friends of this; don’t you want yourself and them to be healthy and well two decades from now? Remember, environmental factors often add to the development of cancer the same amount or more than genetics do. So try to limit the amount of alcohol you drink and the amount of cigarettes you smoke… it could definitely save your life!

Works Cited

Boseley, Sarah. “Worldwide Cancer rates expected to soar by 70% over the next 20 years.” Theguardian.com. Retrieved February 4, 2014 from http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/feb/03/worldwide-cancer-cases-soar-next-20-years. 3 February 2014. Web.

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