Friday, September 16, 2016

The Longer You’re Overweight, the Greater Your Risk of Cancer

According to recent research, the longer a woman is overweight, the more likely she is to develop breast, endometrial, colon or kidney cancer.1 Obesity is indeed a known risk factor for cancer, so this finding in and of itself is not surprising.
Worldwide, obesity is responsible for an estimated 500,000 cancer cases each year,2 and according to the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), excess body weight is responsible for about 25 percent of the relative contribution to cancer incidence, ranking second only to smoking.3
When obesity is combined with other high-risk behaviors, such as a poor diet and lack of exercise, the relative contribution rises to 33 percent of all cancer cases in the U.S. What's new here is that the length of time spent being overweight also contributes to your overall risk. As reported by CBS News:4
"On average, the study found, the odds rose by 10 percent for every 10 years a woman had been obese. Similarly, they climbed by 7 percent for every decade she'd been overweight."

How Excess Weight Contributes to Cancer

Obesity can raise your risk of cancer in several ways. Some cancers, especially breast and endometrial cancer, are sensitive to the female sex hormone estrogen, and fat cells produce an excess of this hormone.
This is also why obesity in young children is such a grave concern. By carrying excess weight (and excess estrogen) for many years, if not decades, they're at a significantly heightened risk of cancer as adults.
Obesity is also associated with elevated inflammation levels in your body, which can contribute to cancer growth. One of the basic reasons why nutritional ketosis works so well against cancer is because it drives your inflammation down to almost nothing.
A high-sugar diet, which tends to pack on the pounds, also feeds cancer by providing cancer cells with their preferred fuel. A healthy high-fat diet, on the other hand, tends to discourage cancer growth, as cancer cells lack the metabolic flexibility to use ketones derived from fat as fuel.
It is likely that the obesity represents an indirect marker for the true cause of the problem that contributes to both obesity and cancer, namely insulin resistance, which is also associated with leptin resistance and activation of the mTOR pathway.
By lowering your blood sugar levels and normalizing your insulin receptor sensitivity, exercise has a similar effect, as this too creates an environment less conducive to cancer growth.

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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Latest Cancer News

New Mexico researchers part of mission to break down cancer barriers
...University New Mexico research

    UNM researchers earned national attention in 2011 when they identified a pair of harmful gene   
    mutations prevalent among Hispanic and Native American children suffering from a deadly form  
    of blood cancer.

    The research led to effective treatments for acute lymphoblastic leukemia, or ALL, which takes
    an especially deadly form in Hispanic and Native American children. The work played a key role  
    in UNM’s designation last year as a National Cancer Institute comprehensive cancer center, 
    putting it among elite U.S. cancer centers. ...    Read article...

Cancer 'Moonshot' Plan: Sharing Knowledge Can Speed Cures  Read article...

Cancer Moonshot: Biden talks to Brokaw  Read article...

Researchers rally for Cancer Moonshot  Read article...

Time Is Right for Obama's Ambitious Cancer 'Moonshot,' Experts Say  Read article...

Doctor Targets Gene Mutations for Cancer Care
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President Obama's Cancer 'Moon Shot': How Scientists Are Trying to Cure the Disease
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Cancer survivor sets sights on winning weightlifting competitions
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Following prevention guidelines linked to lowered risk for cancer  Read article...

Sunday, June 12, 2016

How Diet and Nutrition Influence Cancer

Is it possible that chromosomal damage is simply a marker for cancer and not the actual cause of the disease? Compelling evidence suggests this is the case, and in the featured lecture, orthopedic surgeon Dr. Gary Fettke reviews some of this evidence.

Having battled cancer himself, Fettke came to realize the influence of nutrition on cancer, and the importance of eating a diet high in healthy fats and low in net carbohydrates (total carbs minus fiber, i.e. non-fiber carbs). Fettke is not the only one promoting the metabolic model of cancer

Friday, June 3, 2016

“A Series Of Catastrophes And Miracles”

Diane Rehm podcast:  Mary Elizabeth Williams:  “A Series Of Catastrophes And Miracles”  

Six years ago writer Mary Elizabeth Williams received a diagnosis of malignant melanoma. As the cancer spread through her body, she faced a grim prognosis. With little to lose, Williams seized the chance to take part in an early clinical trial for immunotherapy. Unlike chemotherapy and radiation, which directly target the cancer, immunotherapy helps the immune system fight the disease. Her treatment completely eliminated the melanoma in her body. In a new book, Williams offers an intimate view into this chapter of her life and how she became a breakthrough case for the revolutionary field of immunotherapy.

Click on the link above and listen to Diane Rehm's interview with Mary Elizabeth.

Exercise Can Lower Risk of a Dozen Cancers by 20 Percent

Exercise is an important component of cancer prevention and care; slashing your risk of cancer occurrence, improving your chances of successful recuperation, and diminishing your risk of cancer recurrence.
Studies suggest physically active individuals have anywhere from 20 to 55 percent lower risk of cancer than their sedentary peers. Read more ...

Monday, May 30, 2016

Knitted Knockers ~ handmade breast prosthesis

Knitted Knockers are special handmade breast prosthesis for women who have undergone mastectomies or other procedures to the breast. Traditional breast prosthetics are usually expensive, heavy, sweaty and uncomfortable. They typically require special bras or camisoles with pockets and can’t be worn for weeks after surgery. Knitted Knockers on the other hand are soft, comfortable, beautiful and when placed in a regular bra they take the shape and feel of a real breast. Our special volunteer knitters provide these free to those requesting them. Knitted knockers can be adjusted to fill the gap for breasts that are uneven and easily adapted for those going through reconstruction by simply removing some of the stuffing. Read more....Web site...

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Cancer Cure 'Moonshot"

FACT SHEET: Investing in the National Cancer Moonshot article...

National Cancer Moonshot ...
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What’s the Point of Joe Biden’s ‘Moonshot’? article

MD Anderson’s “A moonshot for cancer” article

Why the ‘Moon Shot’ to Cure Cancer Might article