Cancer Immunotherapy: Approach That Won 2018 Nobel Prize

The Nobel Prize is awarded to those scientists whose contribution to a particular field of research is of special importance. This year’s choice came as no surprise: in medicine, cancer immunotherapy is definitely one of the most significant recent advances. Here is what James Allison and Tasuku Honjo discovered and what made them worthy of the prestigious award. Image Credit: newscientist.com Attempts to cure cancer using the body’s own defense systems have been made for a hundred years. At the turn of the 20th c...

Starving Cancer to Death: Can Targeting Cancer Cell Metabolism Be a Way Out?

The Warburg hypothesis, which was once thought of as a major breakthrough in the research into the mechanisms behind cancer development, has long been sent to the sidelines of the field. Now that it is found that it is genes that are involved in this process, the original idea behind the hypothesis is somewhat challenged, but the concepts surmised by Warburg may offer prospective approaches to treatment. Image Credit: pixnio.com What is implied by the Warburg effect? The idea which has recently started to regain...

Can Bovine Leukemia Virus Cause Breast Cancer?

Once considered essential foods, dairy products are now demonized due to high levels of saturated fats. Regardless of whether milk fats are actually harmful, there is another reason to keep your consumption of dairy moderate: bovine leukemia virus, with which virtually all cows in the U.S. are infected, could be associated with breast cancer in humans, though the evidence is very limited. Image Credit: getty images / LIGHTROCKET What is BLV? One of the most common viruses in cattle, bovine leukemia virus affe...

Sunscreen Could Increase Risk of Skin Cancer

We are used to hearing that sunscreen is a must if you want to spend time outdoors. The effect UV has on the skin is harmful and can lead to diseases, including cancer, so protecting it against UV rays sounds reasonable. However, it turns out that the use of sunscreen can lead to an increased risk of developing cancer, and it’s not always the chemicals contained in it that are to blame. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/ Christian Wheatley We are used to hearing that sunscreen is a must if you want to spend time o...

What Are the Signs of Bladder Cancer?

Cancer of bladder is a serious disease that about 300.000 people around the world suffer from. Every year about 35 per cent of people with bladder cancer die. This is why we have to find out more about this disease, its symptoms and causes. Image Credit: ChameleonsEye / Shutterstock First manifestations of bladder cancer can mistakenly be taken for the symptoms of cystitis as it also starts with the pain in bladder and traces of blood in urine. Bladder cancer is more common among men than women. The statistics sa...

AML in Adults and Children: Same Name, Different Diseases?

Acute myeloid leukemia can strike regardless of age. It can occur in infants as well as in the elderly. Most modern approaches imply using the same treatment strategies for all ages, but it appears that the assumption that children are little adults and so the same therapy will do is wrong. Researchers report that AML in children and AML in adults differ greatly. Image Credit: KrishnaKumar Sivaraman / tr.123rf.com What is AML? The abbreviation stands for acute myeloid leukemia. The disease is a type of cancer ...

Cervical Cancer: How to Help Prevent It and Not to Overlook

Although efforts are being made to raise awareness about different forms of cancer and standard ways to prevent them that medicine offers, there is still a lot of work to do, as many Americans do not know what the symptoms of cervical cancer are, and what the two ways to routinely diagnose it are. It this article, we will discuss cervical cancer symptoms and standard vaccines and tests. Image Credit: sunshineclinic.org Cervical cancer: what it is and how do I know if I have it The body part we’re going to talk ...

Breakthrough: Scientists Invent Cancer Blood Test

Cancer detection has always been a difficult task, and all those methods which are currently available imply expensive and far from being pleasant means of diagnostics, such as colonoscopy. Now researchers have invented a blood test that is a step towards early, non-invasive, and accurate diagnostics. Image Credit: luchschen / it.123rf.com Novel Approach Investigators from the John Hopkins University have reported their trial has been successful. They invented a blood test that is capable of identifying 8 differ...

Cancer Can Be Treated With the Help of CRISPR

Every year more than 8 million of people die because of cancer. World Health Organization predicts that in 20 years the number of people who have cancer will increase at 70 per cent as well as deaths related to cancer. Scientists are untiringly trying to find the way to cure cancer. Recently China has introduced a new method of fighting cancer with the help of our immune system. Image Credit: 123rf.com Every year more than 8 million of people die because of cancer. World Health Organization predicts that in 20 y...

Can Meat Consumption Cause Cancer?

Cancer is a disease that appears unexpectedly and sometimes with no evident reasons. But two years ago World Health Organization in the cancer report named what products can cause cancer. Image Credit: Franck Boston / Shutterstock According to the statistics by 2012 the number of people who died because of cancer was more than 14 million, and the experts predict this figure to rise up to about 25 million by 2035. The scientists struggle to find the way to treat this disease as well as to find its causes in order t...

Breast Cancer Treatment. From Herbs to Modern Methods

Breast cancer is a typical pathological process that accompanies us throughout history. It might look like the problem of the recent century, however, medical texts of different ages prove it otherwise. So, let's have a look how this illness has been approached so far. Image Credit: Gettyimages.com Ancient disease Cancer has long been known to healers, and even in one of the Egyptian medical texts, “Edwin Smith Papyrus”, eight cases of breast cancer treated by burning were described. [caption id="attachme...

Can Pigmentation Signal about Skin Cancer?

In our society tanned skin is mostly associated with health, well-being and leisure. And many people, especially women, crave to get their summer tan at whatever the cost. But the cost can be too high. Ultraviolation radiation damage Whenever a person is outside, his skin is exposed to ultraviolet radiation (UVR). The UVR that reaches the Earth’s surface consists of long wavelength ultraviolet A (UVA) and short wavelength ultraviolet B (UVB). They both can harm human skin and cause hyperpigmentation that, in ...

Scientists: Overdone Fries and Toasts May Cause Cancer

To fry or not to fry? That is the question. Or, rather, hot to fry and cook properly, in a good way, in order to lower the risk of getting serious health issues. To fry or not to fry? That is the question. Or, rather, hot to fry and cook properly, in a good way, in order to lower the risk of getting serious health issues. Cancer has not been a big problem up until very recently. Inability to diagnose it as well as much shorter lifetime humanity had in earlier centuries. Nowadays, however, it is one of the most...

What You Need to Know about Lung Cancer in Women

Smoking, including second-hand smoke, increases the risk of oncology contraction in women. In fact, there is a special gene in feminine bodies that replies for tumour growth in case of smoking. That is why women are more prone to lung cancer. 
 Lung cancer signs in women When disease progresses, a woman can find the following signs of lung cancer: apathy, tonus fall, absence of appetite; rare and short cough at the beginning and attack-like exhausting cough with overflow expectorations further; l...

Cancer Fighter Foods

Though a cure from cancer has not been invented yet, a number of precautions can be taken in order to decrease probability of getting this terrifying diagnosis. It is known pretty well that certain lifestyle and diet can influence one’s health, including chance to malignant change, both in negative and positive ways. Luckily, some foods have proven to be able to either work as a preventive measure or, in some cases, even fight already existing cancer back. Even though it may seem obvious and banal, natural food...


Breast Cancer – Are You in the High-Risk Group?

Mammary gland is one of the most cancer-prone parts of a woman’s body. Because a high percentage of women develop this disease, all women are concerned, and many are chronically worried about it. Who is the most likely target? Is there a salvation? Is it really a death sentence for those who eventually develop it? Myths and facts Myth 1: in most cases, it occurs due to genetic predisposition. Fact: there is a genetic factor that creates a potential for malignancy, but in a small way. It has been discove...

Brain Cancer Life Expectancy

Brain cancer is a very serious condition and one should be aware how it can develop. The condition generally happens when some brain cells create a tumor and become uncontrollable. As a result they affect a person's body further on, aggravating the condition even more and leading to lethal outcome. Brain cancer is a very serious condition and one should be aware how it can develop. The condition generally happens when some brain cells create a tumor and become uncontrollable. As a result they affect a person...

Radiation Therapy Cancer Treatment

One of the reasons why radiation therapy is used in the treatment of cancer is because cancer cells are very fast in growing and it is important to deal with them as soon as possible. Radiation therapy prevents the development of the illness by destroying cancerous cells and making it impossible for them to grow and spread further. Radiation therapy uses different radiation sources for the treatment of different cancer types. Actually, at the present moment it is possible to treat or at least alleviate almost all...

How to Detect Early Signs of Skin Cancer

Being diagnosed with skin cancer is taken hard by many people. To make a decision is a worrisome time is really tough. The good news here is that the chances for you to survive skin cancer are very good provided that it is detected early in early stages. In fact, the best way to control cancer is to care for your skin and be attentive to any changes. Thus you can catch skin cancer before it develops to later stages. The chance of beating skin cancer is high if you lead an active lifestyle and can detect it early....

Balanced Nutrition is Effective for Skin Cancer Prevention

Deficiencies in the diet are closely related to skin cancer. Carcinogens can trigger cancer infiltrating cells and corrupting the DNA. This provokes the DNA mutation which converts normal cells in malignant ones. The body can fight off mutations by boosting the immunity with a healthy diet. Apart from a healthy diet your body also needs antioxidants for skin cancer prevention. Antioxidants are able to deactivate dangerous radicals which trigger an oxidation process and allow the carcinogens enter normal cells. Le...