A study, recently published in the British Journal of Cancer, suggests that lifetime exercise is associated with a significantly lower risk of developing colon polyps in senior age.
The study includes analysis of data from 28,250 US nurses from the Nurses’ Health Study II which took place from the late 1980s till years 2011. The health information included all illnesses and habits, medicines taken, and other conditions.
The analysis of the data showed that people who were physically active between 12 and 22 were 7% less likely to develop polyps; those who exercised during adulthood, between 23 and 64, had 9% lower risk, and those who were active in both age intervals had 24% lower risk of developing polyps.
One of the study authors Leandro Rezende says: “Whether it’s during adolescence or adulthood, the more physical activity we get, the lower the risk of developing adenoma in adulthood becomes.”
According to new research, published in the journal Gut, the use of antibiotics in pills and capsules is associated with the higher risk of colon cancer but lower risk of rectal cancer at the same time. Researchers say this risk depends on the type and class of antibiotics prescribed.
The researchers drew on data submitted to the nationally representative Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD) between 1989 and 2012 which included the records of approximately 11.3 mln people from 674 general practices which is about 7% of the population of the United Kingdom.
The authors of the study conclude in their paper: “Whether antibiotic exposure is causal or contributory to colon cancer risk, our results highlight the importance of judicious antibiotic use by clinicians.”
A compound in grapes might be able to suppress colon cancer stem cells, according to a study executed by the team of researchers led by Jairam K. P. Vanamala, an associate professor of food science at the College of Agricultural Sciences at Pennsylvania State University in State College.
In the course of the study, the scientists discovered that a number of tumors in the mice that had the grape compound diet lowered by 50%.
Professor Vanamala says: “The combination of resveratrol and grape seed extract is very effective at killing colon cancer cells. And the combination of these compounds is not toxic to healthy cells.”
Eating just 2 ounces of three nuts weekly may lower the risk of cancer recurrence for patients who have been treated for stage III colon cancer according to the conclusions of a new study from the United States. Moreover, the study says that it could even halve the risk of death for such patients.
For the research, a team of scientists has analyzed the data of 826 patients with stage III colon cancer. They were asked to complete a dietary questionnaire. The risk of colon cancer recurrence was 46% lower in those patients who consumed at least 2 ounces of three nuts every week. The risk of death was 53% lower for those patients. Three nuts included cashew nuts, hazelnuts, walnuts, almonds, and pecans.
Dr. Fadelu, a leader of the study, of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, MA, explains: “Ultimately, we need to understand how nuts confer this protective effect, as well as possibly conduct a randomized, controlled clinical trial where diet recommendations are given at the start of the study to prove that tree nuts can reduce recurrence and death after treatment for colon cancer.”
A new research found that our mouth bacteria can indicate our risk for different forms of cancer. The scientists suggest that brushing teeth does not just prevent cavities, it also can help cut the risk of developing cancer.
Several studies discovered a link to such cancers as breast cancer, pancreatic cancer, esophageal cancer and bowel cancer. Although the researchers still do not fully understand this link, they believe that the bacteria travels into the bloodstream and enters different organs where they infect tissues.
The scientists hope that further studying of this phenomenon will bring an ability to tell a person what their cancer risk is only looking for the bacteria present in their bodies.