A team of researchers from the University of Bristol and Imperial College London, UK, using a new method to assess the risk factors for developing prostate cancer, determined that there is a link between a lack of physical activity and a higher risk of developing the disease.
For the research, the scientists gathered medical information on 79,148 participants with prostate cancer and 61,106 participants without the condition.
The analysis of the received data showed that men with a genetic variation responsible for the higher chances to get this type of cancer who were physically active had a 51% lower risk of the condition compared to men who didn’t have this variation.
The study co-author Sarah Lewis, Ph.D. comments: “This study is the largest-ever of its kind, which uses a relatively new method that complements current observational research to discover what causes prostate cancer. It suggests that there could be a larger effect of physical activity on prostate cancer than previously thought, so will hopefully encourage men to be more active.
A new study from the United Kingdom finds that men with higher levels of testosterone could be at higher risk to develop prostate cancer by almost 20%.
The study included more than 200,000 British men who were tested with a simple blood test that can predict the risk of prostate cancer. The analysis of the test results showed that men with the highest levels of testosterone were 18% more likely to be diagnosed with the condition compared to their counterparts.
Dr. Ruth Travis, who led the study from Nuffield Department of Population Health at the University of Oxford, says: “This research tells us that these two hormones (testosterone and IGF-I) could be a mechanism that links things like diet, lifestyle and body size with the risk of prostate cancer. This takes us a step closer to strategies for preventing the disease.”
A new study, performed by researchers from Kanazawa University Graduate School of Medical Science, Japan, suggests that two compounds in coffee may help slow down the growth of prostate cancer cells.
A team of scientists tested the effect of several coffee compounds on prostate cancer in mice, using cells which were resistant to ordinary cancer drugs. The experiments showed that two compounds, kahweol acetate and calefstol, applied to prostate cancer cells in a petri dish, slowed down the cell growth.
Study leader Dr. Hiroaki Iwamoto says: “We found that kahweol acetate and cafestol inhibited the growth of the cancer cells in mice, but the combination seemed to work synergistically, leading to a significantly slower tumor growth than in untreated mice.”
Our diets may have the potential to help prevent cancer. Nutritionists explain what foods are good for a cancer awareness diet and their properties to boost the immune system. According to the World Cancer Research Fund, 20% of all cancers are associated with the poor nutrition and body fatness. Here are 10 foods you should integrate into your diet to boost your immune system and prevent cancer:
Green, red, orange, yellow, and purple vegetables can help the body with natural defenses.
Leafy greens and cruciferous vegetables are rich in immune-boosting nutrients such as vitamin C and beta-carotene.
Onions and garlic to detox the body.
Orange and yellow fruits and vegetable to protect the immunity.
Red colored fruits and vegetables to reduce cell division in prostate cancer.
Herbs and spices which include anti-inflammatory agents.
Fermented and probiotic foods to help nutrient absorption and probiotic levels.
Nuts and seeds contain cancer-protective components such as oleic acid.
Green tea contains a protective compound able to inhibit tumor invasion and angiogenesis.
A new study, executed by the researchers from Oregon State University, found how sulforaphane, a compound in broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables, can help to prevent cancer or slow its progression.
For their study, the scientists conducted whole-genome sequencing on normal human epithelial prostate cells and prostate cancer cells. They discovered that prostate cancer cells demonstrated high expression of IncRNAs, especially the one called LINC01116. When the researchers treat prostate cancer cells with sulforaphane, levels of LINC01116 were reduced, leading to a fourfold reduction in the cells’ ability to form colonies.
Lead study author Laura Beaver, of the Linus Pauling Institute and College of Public Health and Human Sciences at OSU, says: “It would be of significant value if we could develop methods to greatly slow the progress of cancer, [and] help keep it from becoming invasive.”
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