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Dear Valued Customer,

Welcome to the first edition of our new Research Digest. Based on feedback from our readers, we have decided to publish periodic issues devoted entirely to health-related research updates and news items.

Cancer riibbonsThis special research digest edition focuses on studies and stories about cancer.

During 2011, in the US alone, over 1.5 million new cases of cancer were diagnosed and more than 500,000 people died from its various forms.

Already at over $280 billion a year, the cost of cancer (new treatments, new cases) is ballooning and expected to increase as new diagnoses are predicted to double in the next fifteen years.

Scientists all over the world, including our own Ray Kurzweil, are working hard to understand and fight the processes that fuel cancer.

 

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Research Studies

Micronutrients influence DNA repair - usually enhancing activity and can help prevent cancer. DNA repair is an essential cellular function, which, by removing DNA damage before it can cause mutations, contributes crucially to the prevention of cancer.

Spotlight

Beware of Mammograms

Ray & Terry recommend breast cancer screening in women under 40, but not necessarily mammograms. Have you ever heard of thermography? Using heat, thermograms can help detect tumor presence without squishing or radiation.

A little information on the risks of mammograms

For early detection and no harm to the body, learn about thermograms

"After 10 years of annual screening, more than half of women will receive at least 1 false-positive recall, and 7% to 9% will receive a false-positive biopsy recommendation." Hubbard et al. Ann Intern Med. October 18, 2011 vol. 155 no. 8 481-492

The best prevention is a combination of methods, including regular self- and medical- exams. You are your own best advocate.

Metabolizing red meat and dairy in the human body can result in an accumulation of a particular molecule called Neu5Gc, according to this study. The accumulation contributes to chronic inflammation, which contributes to cancer risk.

Dietary soluble fiber intake is associated with a significantly reduced risk of ER− breast cancer among pre-menopausal women. Additional studies with larger sample size are needed to confirm these results.

Compelling evidence of the link between prostate cancer and insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1). In this study, researchers discovered that the growth hormone may inhibit "programmed cell death." This can lead to cells reproducing abnormally as they do with cancer.

3-D picture of cancer prevention cells were revealed, according to research published in Nature Structural & Molecular Biology.

Potential biomarkers for melanoma and other inflammatory cancers were identified in a recent study, paving the way for better prevention. These researchers developed a potential new method for the diagnosis, prognosis, and monitoring of inflammatory cancers.

Tumors examined in a laboratory were more complex than previously recognized, suggesting that personalized-medicine strategies based on a single biopsy underestimate cancer's ability to evolve, adapt, and resist treatment, investigators said.

Dietary fiber is associated with reduced risk of colorectal cancer. Colorectal cancer is the third most common type of cancer worldwide. This review of pertinent studies concluded that the link exists.

Vitamin D may be a helpful nutrient in the prevention of cancer and maintenance of healthy cell division. For specific study references and abstracts, see this list.

Lower risk of colorectal cancer has been linked to higher levels of vitamin D in the blood. The largest study ever conducted on the topic confirmed this link in both men and women.

 

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Foods

Watercress is a cruciferous vegetable that also contains lots of chlorophyll and iodine. Unless you have hyperthyroidism, try including this healthy green in sandwiches and salads. It offers antioxidants and oxygen for the cells (which hurts cancer cells).

Kale provides comprehensive support for the body's detoxification system. It also protects against 5 kinds of cancer and works to lower cholesterol, fight inflammation and combat oxidation.

Include kale when you juice vegetables, or try this quick and easy kale soup

Brussel sprouts

Brussels sprouts are delicious. They also offer cancer-preventive components in a special combination and may have unique health benefits in the area of DNA protection. One small study showed improved stability of DNA inside human white blood cells after daily consumption of Brussels sprouts.

Try them roasted, sautéed or steamed with some simple dressing ingredients like lemon and garlic.

Ginger reduced colon inflammation by 28% in a recent study. Minimize inflammation to minimize cancer risk. Supplements can allow consumption of more concentrated and effective amounts than diet alone.

Garlic has amazing power per ounce. Its unique compounds promote antioxidant activity and function as powerful antibacterial and antiviral agents. It contains allicin, which helps reduce blood pressure and decrease LDL cholesterol, plus works with vitamin C to protect against colon cancer.

Whey protein has been studied for its potential anti-cancer effects. The results of this study "strongly suggest an anti-tumor effect of a whey protein dietary supplement [in certain cancers]"

 

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Statistics

Worldwide

Based on the GLOBOCAN 2008 estimates, about 12.7 million cancer cases and 7.6 million cancer deaths are estimated to have occurred in 2008; of these, 56% of the cases and 64% of the deaths occurred in the economically developing world.

Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer and the leading cause of cancer death among females, accounting for 23% of the total cancer cases and 14% of the cancer deaths. Lung cancer is the leading cancer site in males, comprising 17% of the total new cancer cases and 23% of the total cancer deaths.

Good News - EU reports a steady decline in cancer death rates

US cancer statistics and graphs

The American Cancer Society 2011 Report provides the estimated numbers of new cancer cases and deaths in 2011 as well as cancer incidence, mortality, and survival statistics and information on cancer symptoms, risk factors, early detection, and treatment. The topic of the special section is cancer disparities and avoidable premature cancer deaths.

 

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KurzweilAI Reports

Laser-induced ultrasound can detect melanoma long before tumors form.

3D cellular imaging for breast cancer detection

Mining for cancer

DNA origami used to promote suicide of cancer cells

Using a Trojan Horse to fight cancer.

Understanding cellular signals to address cancer cell proliferation

Cooking tumors from the inside

 

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Videos


Lance Armstrong
talks about his cancer and how to be your own advocate.


Shrinking tumors and killing cancer cells. New cutting edge treatments


Interesting exploration regarding cancer cells from the SENS 5 Foundation conference, forwarded by one of our readers. (not a high-quality recording; involves some scientific discussion.)


Vitamin D and its potential use against cancer, particularly breast cancer.

 
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Rulings

AnnouncementIn a 2011 court case, Vitamin C and Vitamin E won the right to state the following:

"Vitamin C may reduce the risk of gastric cancer."

"Vitamin E may reduce the risk of bladder cancer."

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a. 1 cup 2% milk
b. 1 cup collard greens
c. 2 ounces of cheese
d. 1 cup green peas

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