07/09 - 2 Cancer Prevention Latest Research

07/09 - 2 Cancer Prevention Latest Research

Below are a number of articles about the dangers that can lead to cancer that have appeared in CANCERactives icon magazine. Just click on the title to read the piece.

Pesticide link to multiple myeloma shown

We have reported before that farmers using pesticides have a higher risk of developing cancers like multiple myeloma. Even children in homes using garden or indoor pesticides have higher rates of connective tissue or brain cancers. Hitherto it was largely an issue of statistics.

Now the top American cancer body, the National Cancer Institute, has published a report seeking to explain the connection. The study (published in Blood, the journal of the American Society of Haematology), showed that pesticides double the risk of developing an abnormal blood condition MGUS (Monoclonal Gammopathy of Undetermined Significance).

And it is known that MGUS is a precursor to cancers like multiple myeloma.

The 5 year research study monitored farmers of various ages all using pesticides, but not the same ones. Controls were applied such as lifestyle, the use of protective clothing and family history of cancer. The study lasted 5 years.

After taking blood samples the following was noted:

  • There were no cases of MGUS in those below 50
  • Above 50, 6.8 per cent were found to have MGUS
  • Compared with a control group of non-pesticide users, this represented a doubling of incidence

"Previously, inconclusive evidence has linked agricultural work to an increased multiple myeloma risk. Our study is the first to show an association between pesticide exposure and an excess prevalence of MGUS," said lead author and NCI scientist Ola Landgren, MD, PhD, in a statement to the media. "This finding is particularly important given that we recently found in a large prospective cancer screening study that virtually all multiple myeloma patients experienced a MGUS state prior to developing myeloma."

The NCI also looked at which pesticides appeared to increase MGUS the most: Of those used the worst were the insecticide dieldrin, the fumigant mixture of carbon tetrachloride and carbon disulfide, and the fungicide chlorothalonil. These pesticides increased the MGUS risk 5.6, 3.9, and 2.4 times, respectively.
The concerns are there, not just for the sprayers, but those eating the pesticides as well. For more information try www.hematology.org/media/06122009.cfm

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Mandatory injections coming your way?!

On July 13th the Advisory group to the World Health Organization recommended mandatory H1N1 vaccination of everyone in all 194 countries that belong to the WHO. Dr. Marie-Paule Kieny of WHO announced that "vaccines will be needed in all countries." Executives from Baxter, Novartis, Glaxo-Smith Kline, and Sanofi Pasteur all have seats at this advisory group.

According to WHO documents, vaccines "such as those that are formulated with oil-in-water adjuvants and live attenuated influenza vaccines are important." Health workers, pregnant women, healthy young adults of 15 to 49 years, and healthy children will be the targeted groups of the world wide vaccine effort.

"All countries should immunize their health-care workers as a first priority to protect the essential health infrastructure. As vaccines available initially will not be sufficient, a step-wise approach to vaccinate particular groups may be considered," according to Paule-Kieny (Natural News)

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Sunbeds are bad for you official

Just as we have been telling you for six years under our Precautionary Principal Programme for cancer prevention, the World Health Organisation has now reported that sun beds are as great a risk to developing cancer as asbestos, or smoking. A 20 minute session is equivalent to a whole day on the beach.

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Nanoparticles made from tea could be cancer-fighters

Nanotechnology is a rapidly growing area of science. Nanoparticles are minute particles so small they can pass through cell membranes designed to keep foreign particles out. Supporters claim they can thus deliver beneficial compounds from anti-aging elixirs to anti-cancer compounds to the heart of the cell. Detractors say scientists are messing in areas they don’t fully understand. Judge for yourself:

Scientists recently claim to have discovered a way to create cancer-fighting nanoparticles using nothing but gold salts and a cup of Darjeeling tea, according to a paper published in the Journal of Materials Chemistry.

Researcher Kattesh Katti at the University of Missouri-Columbia said. "Our discovery has provided a practical way to deliver cancer-fighting phytochemicals directly to tumour cells through gold nanoparticles".

While most nanoparticles are made in intensive industrial processes often involving toxic compounds, these researchers originally discovered a process for producing nanoparticles by adding gold salts to a soybean-water mixture.  They then switched the soyabeans for tea. Both times they developed stable gold nanoparticles, with no toxic by-products, plus potential cancer-fighting phytochemicals stuck to the gold.

"This means that the microscopic particles could be injected into tumour cells, carrying cancer-fighting tea compounds directly to where they could provide the most benefit, said Katti.

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