A new research from the University of Texas at Dallas confirms that a diet rich in sugar may be fuelling various forms of cancer by giving tumors the energy for multiplying.
Scientist found that squamous cell carcinoma was more dependent on sugar to grow than other forms of cancer.
Dr. Jung-whan Kim, a lead author of the study, says: “It has been suspected that many cancer cells are heavily dependent on sugar as their energy supply. But it turns out that one specific type – squamous cell carcinoma – is remarkably more dependent. This type of cancer clearly consumes a lot of sugar. One of our next steps is to look at why this is the case.”
In 2014, a team of Australian researchers found that incredible eyes of mantis shrimp can see cancer in people even before the symptoms appear.
This ability of mantis shrimp is explained by the specific structure of their eyes, which are compound and have thousand of light-trapping receptors called ommatidia. That’s why the mantis shrimp eye can perceive something invisible for humans – the polarisation of light.
Researchers have discovered that difference in polarised light reflection actually appears in early cancer before other symptoms appear.
Now, the scientists all over the world are trying to develop cameras replicating that wonderful ability in order physicians could detect cancers earlier and operate tumours more accurately.
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People drinking a lot of soda or other sugary beverages can have an increased risk of developing gallbladder cancer and cancer bile ducts around the liver, according to the new study from Sweden.
Scientists have little data about the causes of tumours in biliary tract and gallbladder, but there is the growing body of evidence that obesity and high blood sugar levels that are a hallmark of diabetes may increase the risk of these conditions.
Due to the fact that sodas and other beverages with the high content of sugar have been linked to high blood sugar and weight gain, researchers wanted to know whether these beverages might play a role in these types of cancer, said the lead study author, Susanna Larsson of the Karolinska Institute in Sweden.
“Soda consumption has been inconsistently associated with risk of biliary tract cancer (only one prior study) and other cancers in previous similar studies,” Larsson said. The current study “is the first study to show a strong link between consumption of sweetened beverages, such as soda, and risk of biliary tract cancer,” she added.
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