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Possible Link Found Between Virus and Colon Cancer

By Amy Norton

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A common type of herpesvirus may play a role in the development of colorectal cancer, preliminary research suggests.

The virus, called cytomegalovirus (CMV), is widespread and normally causes no problems in healthy individuals. As many as 90% of US adults may carry CMV, which in most cases remains dormant.


Cancer-Linked Virus Common in U.S. Men, Women-CDC

Tue Nov 12, 2002

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Nearly one in five US women between the ages of 12 and 59 are believed to be infected with the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus HPV-16, a virus that increases cervical cancer risk, new study findings show.


Flaxseed Helps Mice With Prostate Cancer

TUESDAY, Nov. 12 (HealthScoutNews) -- A diet rich in flaxseed seems to block the growth and development of prostate cancer in mice, says Duke University research.

The flaxseed diet reduced the size, aggressiveness and severity of tumors in mice genetically engineered to develop prostate cancer, and prevented prostate cancer in three percent of the animals, the study in the November issue of the journal Urology found.


Gene May Influence Tamoxifen's Effectiveness

By Merritt McKinney

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Breast cancer patients who have inherited a "slow version" of a certain gene may not fare as well on tamoxifen as other patients, the results of a new study suggest.

Assuming that the results are confirmed, doctors may one day be able to "make treatment decisions based on who is likely to respond well to tamoxifen treatment," said Susan Nowell, of the National Center for Toxicological Research in Jefferson, Arkansas.


Study: Some Herbal Meds Interfere with Cancer Drug

By Charnicia E. Huggins

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - An herbal dietary supplement that some men use to treat prostate cancer may interfere with the anti-cancer activity of the chemotherapy drug paclitaxel, making it less effective, researchers report.

The supplement, PC-SPES, includes extracts from eight different herbs, and consequently, hundreds of different compounds.


Rising breast cancer rate fuels environmental concerns

By Francesca Lyman

Oct. 23 —  The National Cancer Institute has released some eye-opening new figures revealing that not only is the United States not winning the war on breast cancer, but the enemy has been gaining on us over the past 15 years. That has prompted environmental health advocates to demand more and better research into the possible role of pollutants, radiation and other environmental factors in driving the dreaded disease.


Soil microbial substances are the best cancer fighters

Cancer researchers have found certain compounds called epothilones, which are made by soil bacteria, which fight cancer better than the powerful drug Taxol. Epothilones kill tumor cells that are resistant to Taxol treatment. "The epothilones blew them away", said biochemist Samuel Danishefsky at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, a leading epothilone researcher.


Cancer fighting nutrients become deadly when combined with chlorinated tap water

Some of nature’s most valuable and essential anti-cancer and anti-disease phytochemical nutrients which are commonly found in food have been discovered to form deadly cancer causing substances when consumed or combined with chlorinated tap water. This discovery includes familiar foods including soy, fruits, vegetables, tea, many health products, and even some vitamins.


Cancer is second leading cause of death in the US

According to the National Cancer Institute, about 1,228,600 new cancer cases were expected to be diagnosed in the year 2000. Since 1990, approximately 11 million new cancer cases have been diagnosed.

In the year 2000 about 564,800 Americans were expected to die of cancer, more than 1,500 people a day. Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the U.S., exceeded only by heart disease.