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Notable News July 2019

So much for the dog days of Summer. July was a super active Notable News month full of information. There are risks and recalls to be aware of, along with some very encouraging news about exciting new research and treatments. So, while you may not want to hear that you should probably consider getting a colonoscopy ASAP, you’ll be relieved to learn that some cancers may have much less invasive diagnostic tools on the horizon. Oh, and there are a couple links to some really interesting (although alarming) longer reads; just in case you’re embracing the dog days, and need some reading material, this summer.

Increased Cancer Risk

Colon cancer is on the rise for people younger than 50, reports cbsnews.com. The rate has increased over the past decade from 10 percent of all cases to about 12 percent. While there is no concrete explanation as to why colon cancer is increasing among the younger age group, one possibility is that it is linked to modern diets and the gut microbiome. Conversely, colon cancer rates are declining among those 50 and older, largely because of colonoscopy screenings which detect polyps before they become cancerous. Find out more below.

Breast implants that have been linked to cancer are being recalled, according to nytimes.com. The textured implants were banned in Europe late last year and are now being recalled in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The implants are linked to anaplastic large-cell lymphoma. It is a rare cancer of the immune system that develops in the tissue around the implant. Removing the implant and scar tissue around it is effective in curing the cancer in most cases, but if it is not found early it can spread and be deadly. Symptoms are swelling and fluid around the implant, and patients should have symptoms checked by their doctor. More information about the implants can be found below.

There is a link between radioactive iodine (RAI) treatment and cancer deaths, says cancer.gov. RAI has been commonly used to treat hyperthyroidism since the 1940s. An association between the dose of RAI treatment and long-term risk of death from cancers, including breast cancer, has been found in a study led by researchers at the National Cancer Institute. More research is needed to better understand the risks and the benefits of the treatments, but in the meantime, the information will help patients discuss hyperthyroid treatment options with their doctors. More information about the research can be found below.

Treatment and Detection

Immunotherapy may work in treating brain cancer, says medicalxpress.com. Researchers have found a way to make the CAR T immune therapy more effective against glioblastoma, the most common and most deadly form of brain cancer. Previous research showed that not all of the tumors could be targeted by the T cells. So, in order to more strategically target the tumors, researchers used a bi-specific T-cell engager, or “BiTE”, that makes it possible for CAR T cancer-killing cells to be sent to specific targets, making the treatment more effective. Learn more about the complicated, but promising, process below.

There may be a better, non-invasive way to detect bladder cancer, reports medicalnewstoday.com. Researchers in Spain have proposed using electronic tongues. The devices can detect or “taste” soluble compounds by using software and sensors. The tongues, used to analyze food, water, wine, and explosives, can also be used to detect diseases by testing samples of biofluid. Using the tongues to test urine samples could be an easy and inexpensive way to detect bladder cancer in the early stages. Learn more about the proposed tongue testing below.

Researchers may have found a new way to treat ovarian cancer, according to medicalnewstoday.com. Researchers have identified an enzyme known as IDH1 that encourages the growth of high-grade serous ovarian cancer, the most common form of ovarian cancer. The cancer is difficult to detect in early stages and hard to treat because it often develops a resistance to chemotherapy. Researchers found that when they blocked the IDH1 enzyme, the cancer cells were unable to divide and grow. The research also suggests that blocking the enzyme works on the cancer cells that have spread to other parts of the body as well as where the cancer originated. More information about this encouraging research can be found below.

Cancer-Causing Toxins

If you’ve never heard of ethylene oxide, you might want to consider reading the article ‘Residents Unaware of Cancer-Causing Toxins in Air’ from webmd.com. Ethylene oxide is an invisible chemical with no noticeable odor. It is used to sterilize medical equipment and make antifreeze, and it is on the EPA’s list of chemicals that definitely cause cancer. It is also an airborne toxin in areas that have been flagged as high-cancer risk, but many of the residents of those areas have no idea they are being exposed.

Another article worth reading this month can be found at huffpost.com. A new plastics plant is planning to come to an area in the middle of Louisiana’s “Cancer Alley”, and the residents, tired of cancer-causing chemical pollutants, are fighting back. Read about their path to empowerment below.

Resource Links:


Colon Cancer Study Finds Colon Cancer Rates Rising for Patients Under 50


Breast Implants Linked to Rare Cancer Are Recalled Worldwide


NCI study finds long-term increased risk of cancer death following common treatment for hyperthyroidism


Immune therapy takes a ‘BiTE’ out of brain cancer


‘Electronic tongues’ may help diagnose early stage bladder cancer

Could targeting this enzyme halt ovarian cancer?


Residents Unaware of Cancer-Causing Toxin in Air


A Community In America’s ‘Cancer Alley’ Fights For Its Life Against A Plastics Plant

How To Reduce Cancer-Causing Toxins in Your Home

Thanks to advancements in medicine, infectious diseases are no longer the mass killers they once were. Unfortunately, cancer has stepped up to the plate with it being estimated that as many as 1,735,350 new cases of the illness will be diagnosed in the USA this year alone. Cancer in younger patients is becoming increasingly prevalent, forcing us to take a closer look at the link between environmental and dietary factors that can increase the cancer risk.

While quality medical care is imperative when it comes to fighting diseases like cancer, certain preventative measures can help avert several medical conditions before they begin. The first place that such preventative measures must be implemented is in our own homes that often conceal a number of cancer-causing toxins. By following these simple guidelines you can significantly limit your exposure to harmful toxins within your home.

Ditch your harmful cleaning products  

Most modern-day homes are flooded with toxic cleaning products that not only destroy our immune systems by overwhelming our environments with disinfectants, but expose our bodies to cancer-causing toxins as well. While bleach-based products are the most successful at killing germs, their fumes are especially dangerous to us while ammonia offers greater health risks than cleaning potential.

Air fresheners are another common household product that contains a substantial amount of potentially harmful ingredients such as Acetaldehyde and Benzaldehyde, both of which are known carcinogens. Although there are a number of organic cleaning products available on the market soap and water always remains a good choice. You can also make use of natural cleaning agents such as vinegar, baking soda and lemon juice to keep your house clean without being detrimental to your health.

Use glass

Polystyrene and plastic are both big culprits when it comes to containing harmful chemicals. Syrene, which is used in manufacturing polystyrene, is a known carcinogen that can leak into your coffee, soup and other hot foods.  Avoid using polystyrene containers to hold any hot food and liquids, opting for recycled cardboard and paper instead. When it comes to plastic, Bisphenol (also known as BPA) is often found in inflexible toys, storage and drinking containers (including baby bottles) and the lining of certain canned products. BPA has been linked to both developmental as well as cancer risks and products containing it should best be avoided.

According to Dr Sumi Dina, a professor at Oakland University School of Health Sciences, a seemingly healthier alternative to BPA known as BPS, has exhibited similar behavior to BPA in terms of multiplying cancer cells, rendering it useless as a substitute.  To avoid possible exposure, buy toys that are labeled as BPA free and make use of glass when it comes to drinking and storing food products.

While we want to rid our homes of potentially dangerous germs and bacteria it is important to note that we are harming our immune systems by aiming to live in a sterile environment. We need to be exposed to germs to a certain extent to keep our immune responses in an optimal working condition. It really is only food prep facilities and medical institutions such as hospitals that require sterile environments. By removing the greatest risks from our homes and allowing the predominantly innocuous germs to roam fairly freely, we will not only reduce the risk of illness but give our bodies the best possible chance to fight the diseases too.

Editor’s Note: For information about lead in homes, how to identify it, and different methods of dealing with it, please take a look at the article: Lead in Your Home: How to Safely Identify Issues and Avoid Exposure.