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Scientists demonstrate aspirin's potential to prevent some forms of cancer
Date: 2012-10-01 22:27:08

At the 2012 European Society for Medical Oncology Conference in Austria, some researchers showed that taking aspirin could help an individual avoid receiving positive blood test results for colorectal cancer tumors.

"The efficacy of aspirin in preventing colorectal cancer has been made obvious by more than 20 years of research," said Robert Benamouzig of the Department of Gastroenterology at Avicenne Hospital in Bobigny, France.

Benamouzig pointed out that the results were based on five randomized studies of more than 14,000 individuals who had taken a blood test confirming colorectal cancer, indicating that daily aspirin intake can lessen the chances of developing colorectal cancer by almost 25 percent and reduce the chances of dying from the condition by 35 percent.

This isn't the only recent information stating that aspirin may have preventative qualities. A study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology last month says that prostate cancer patients could also lessen their chances of dying by consuming aspirin every day. Over the course of a five-year study of almost 6,000 patients, scientists found that almost 10 percent of their control group died, while only 3 percent of individuals taking aspirin daily succumbed to prostate cancer.

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Study shows preventive qualities of milk
Date: 2012-10-04 19:03:37

Although there remains some contention as to whether milk provides worthwhile health benefits, a study appearing in the Journal of Dairy Science states that habitual milk drinking lessens the odds of receiving a positive blood test for diabetes or a blood test indicating the presence of colon cancer.

A group of Swedish researchers at the University of Lund experimented on cells found in colon tumors by applying the milk protein lactoferrin4-14 (Lfcin4-14) while the cells were placed under ultraviolet light. Their results show that cancer cells treated with Lfcin4-14 didn't grow as much as cells that hadn't been exposed to the protein.

"We previously hypothesized that the prolongation of the cell cycle in colon cancer cells as a result of Lfcin4-14 treatment may give the cells extra time for DNA repair," said Stina Ordesson, one of the study's main authors. "Indeed, UV light-induced damage was decreased in colon cancer cells treated with Lfcin4-14 compared with controls."

The Food and Drug Administration says that raw milk should be avoided, as the bacteria normally removed by pasteurization can make people sick. Some animal rights groups have pointed to the prevalence of lactose intolerance and milk allergies as evidence that milk does not, in fact, do a body good.

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Green tea may prevent prostate cancer
Date: 2012-10-22 19:19:58
Recent research, which was presented at the 11th Annual AACR International Conference on Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research in Anaheim, California, shows that green tea may be beneficial for decreasing inflammation and help reduce the chance of developing prostate cancer.... Full Story

Many doctors recommend inappropriate medical tests
Date: 2012-06-04 16:12:47
Lab testing for colorectal cancer plays an important role in preserving the health of middle-age adults, but most experts say it is not appropriate for older individuals who have other health concerns. However, this does not stop many doctors from order the screening.... Full Story

Few obese white women seek colon cancer testing
Date: 2012-04-04 16:03:42
Obese white women have low rates of lab testing for colon cancer, according to a new study conducted by researchers at Johns Hopkins University. The findings suggest that more needs to be done to encourage colon cancer testing among this group.... Full Story

Colon cancer awareness programs may be delivering results
Date: 2012-03-20 15:59:27
Efforts to educate the public on the importance of lab testing for colorectal cancer may be starting to pay off, as a new study has shown that individuals with more health problems are more likely to be screened. The researchers took the finding as a sign that more doctors are explaining why colorectal cancer screening is so important.... Full Story

New study shows colonoscopies reduce deaths by half
Date: 2012-02-23 16:43:30
Lab tests for colon cancer can reduce the mortality rate associated with the disease by half, according to a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The findings confirm the benefits of testing and early intervention.... Full Story

Multivitamins may fight colon cancer
Date: 2012-02-07 16:48:23
Using a daily multivitamin may help individuals reduce their chances of receiving positive lab test results for colon cancer, according to a new study published in the Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology.... Full Story

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