Archive for the ‘melanoma’ Category

Melanoma Risk in Some Women May Be Reduced by Taking Calcium and Vitamin D.

Friday, July 8th, 2011

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A study reported online in the June 27 issue of the Journal of Clinical Oncology concluded that a combination of calcium and vitamin D may cut the risk of melanoma by over 50% in some women who are high risk. Women at most risk of developing melanoma are those who have previously had a non-melanoma form of skin cancer (basal cell, squamous cell). The researchers believed that cancer cells might be present in women who had previously had non-melanoma waiting to develop into melanoma but if they took calcium and vitamin D the risk might be reduced. In the study 36,282 postmenopausal women between age 50 and 79 who were part of the Women’s Health Initiative study were studied. Women were given 1,000 mg of calcium and 400 IU of vitamin D daily. Over 7 years of follow-up women taking the supplements who had had previous non-melanoma reduced their risk of developing melanoma by 57 percent compared to similar women who did not take the supplements. The melanoma risk reduction was not seen among women who had not had earlier non-melanoma skin cancer. The researchers plan further research in which cancer cells will be exposed directly to calcium and vitamin D.

High Intake of Dietary Phosphate May Be Associated with Skin Cancer

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

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Results of a study published in Cancer Prevention Research concluded that a high dietary intake of phosphate promotes tumor formation in an animal model of skin cancer.

Researchers applied a carcinogen found in cigarette smoke (dimethylbenzanthracene) to the skin of mice and then applied another chemical that stimulates cell growth. Mice were then fed a high phosphate diet (1.2% by weight) or a low phosphate diet
(0.2 percent). Those fed a high phosphate diet had 50 percent more skin papilla (initial stage of skin cancer development) compared to those on a low phosphate diet.

Although phosphate is a very important nutrient its intake has
increase dramatically over the past 30 years according public health researchers who say it has been added as an additive in processed foods such as meats, baked goods and soft drinks.

The researchers estimated a human dietary equivalent to the high phosphate diet of the mice would be 1,800 milligrams daily and that is a level many humans match or exceed. The human equivalent of a low phosphate diet would be 500 milligrams.

In 2006 the Department of Agriculture said the average phosphate intake of American male and females over two years of age was 1,334mg and the recommended daily allowance was 1,250 for pre-teens and teenagers and 700mg for adults.

The authors said that a low phosphate diet may help prevent cancer based upon these results obtained with a mouse model.

Melanoma-A Serious Skin Cancer

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

picture-0611One of the guest interviewed this past week was a 33 year cancer survivor who had been given 3 months to live when diagnosed with melanoma. Melanoma is a serious form of skin cancer and usually can be avoided by reducing exposure to ultraviolet radiation from sunlight. When diagnosed in an early stage before metastasis it can often be successfully treated,

Traditionally surgery is used to remove cancerous tissue and in early stages may be all that is needed. Radiation and chemotherapy are not typically used except in advanced stages where there is metastasis.

There are some natural products that have shown promise when used for melanoma. Reducing sun exposure is crucial. A diet high in fruit and vegetables and whole grains is recommended. Studies have shown that vitamin D may suppress melanoma cell proliferation by up to 50% (good sources are dark green leafty vegetables and cold water fish) ; quercetin inhibits the invasiveness of melanoma cells in vivo; vitamin C and essential fatty acids inhibit the growth of melanoma cells in culture; mistletoe suppresses melanoma cell growth in vivo; genistein in soy products (legumes and soy beans) inhibits the growth of melanoma cells as effectively as chermotherapy drugs adriamycin and etoposide. The National Cancer Institute researchers also reported some success using a vaccine.

Research this month reported that starting to use of the tanning bed before age 30 increases the risk of melanoma by 75%. This same report stated that all types of ionizing radiation are carcinogens to humans and include: radon gas in homes cause lung cancer, plutonium and decaying products, radium and decaying products affecting the bones of medical patients, phosphorus 32 and its decaying products causing acute leukemia in medical patients, and radioiodines affecting the thyroids in children and adolescent survivors of nuclear reactor accidents.

New research is being reported daily so if you are in need of care for this type cancer ask you physician about the current natural products being used.

St Barnabas and Cancer Treatment Center of America as Models of Care on Holistic Health Show

Sunday, August 16th, 2009

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On Saturday, August 15 Dr Carl O Helvie, Host of the Holistic Health Show, interviewed Dr Adam Perlman (top left), Dr Timothy Birdsall (top right) and Mrs Kelly Swobode (lower right). Dr Perlman is Medical Director of Integrative Medicine at the St Barnabas Health Care System and Medical Director of the Carol and Morton Siegler Center for Integrative Medicine in Livingston, New Jersey. The Center provides a comprehensive traditional and integrative treatment program for cancer patients. Further information about Dr Perlman and the center appeared previously and can be found at; www.umdnj.edu/icam/about/perlman.htm

My second guest was Dr Timothy Birdsall, Vice President of the Cancer Treatment Center of America who talked about their model of care that incorporates traditional and integrative care for cancer patients. More information on Dr Birdsall and the program can be found on a previous blog or at: http://www.cancercenter.com/western-hospital/doctors/timothy-birdsall.cfm

My final guest was Mrs Kelly Swobode an 31 year cancer survivor with melanoma who was given 3 months to live and who used laetrile and prayer for recovery.

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