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Many Cancer Patients Use Complementary Therapies

Mon Jul 15,10:43 AM ET

By Richard Woodman

LONDON (Reuters Health) - More than half of all cancer patients are using complementary or alternative therapies to cope with the difficult side effects of hospital-based treatment, according to a report released on Sunday.

The market consultancy, Datamonitor, said as many as 60% of cancer patients in certain European countries, and 80% in the United States, use special diets, vitamin supplements, herbal remedies or acupuncture.


Many Patients Miss Mole Growth, Study Finds

Mon Jul 8,  2002

By Charnicia E. Huggins

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Patients who can identify changes in the size and shape of their moles can help their doctors to spot melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, at an early and more treatable stage. But study findings show that many people seem to be unable to determine whether or not their moles are enlarging.


Discovered: How Omega-3 Fatty Acids Cut Cancer Risk

For years, scientists have recognized that nutrients known as

omega-3 fatty acids, which are commonly found in fish oil, offer significant protection against colon cancer.

Now, researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB) have figured out how these compounds tend to keep the colon cancer-free -- a discovery that may also have implications for prevention and treatment of many other kinds of cancer.

The reason, according to a paper the UTMB scientists published June 10 in The Journal


Cancer Death Rate Higher in Poor Men Versus Rich

Tue Jun 18, 2002

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - While wealthier US men were more likely to die of cancer than poorer ones during the 1950s and 1960s, this trend was reversed in the 1970s and 1980s, a new analysis of census data shows.

The findings could lead to better cancer education and screening campaigns, and could also help gauge the effectiveness of current programs aimed at reducing cancer rates, according to Dr. Gopal K. Singh and colleagues at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland.


Chemotherapy May Paradoxically Trigger Future Cancer

By staff writer:

April 15, 2002

Research has revealed that some drugs used in chemotherapy may actually cause conditions that can lead to the future growth of a cancerous tumor.

Chemotherapy drugs work by interfering with the ability of cancer cells to divide and reproduce themselves. The affected cells become damaged and eventually die. As the drugs are carried in the blood, they can reach cancer cells all over the body.


Unlimited Tanning Packages May Raise Cancer Risks

Mon Jun 24, 2002

By Charnicia E. Huggins

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Tanning salons that offer unlimited tanning may be giving consumers more tan for their money, but they're also promoting excessive exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UV), according to a team of California researchers.

Prior studies have suggested that overexposure to artificial UV rays may increase an individual's risk of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.


Early X-Ray Techs at Higher Risk for Breast Cancer

Wed Jun 19, 2002

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Woman who worked as x-ray technicians prior to 1940 appear to have nearly triple the risk of dying of breast cancer compared with women who entered the field at least two decades later, according to new study findings.

While researchers have long known about breast cancer's association with radiation exposure, few women in the US work in the nuclear industry, making it difficult to evaluate large groups of women to scientifically assess their breast cancer risk.


Lung Cancer Screening Study Criticized

Fri Jun 14, 2002

By Jacqueline Stenson

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A big study currently under way in New York to examine the merits of CT scanning for the early detection of lung cancer will not effectively determine if the test helps save lives and it may even cause harm to participants, according to Dartmouth researchers.

The major problem with the study, they point out, is that it does not compare people who are given the test, known as a spiral computed tomography (CT) scan, with those who are not given the test.