Body Seems To Have Ability To Keep A Dormant Cancer In Check

Dec 20, 2004

Researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas collected blood from 36 breast cancer patients who had survived for at least 7 years, some of these patients had mastectomies 20 years prior. One-third of these former patients were found to have breast cancer cells floating in their blood stream. The women who had a mastectomy may have a low rate of cancer recurrence, but after about 20 years the risk of recurrence rises suddenly to about 20% - this is called dormancy. Apparently, according to this research the body has the ability to keep small, hard to locate tumors in a state of dormancy. The study is published in the December 15th 2004 edition of the journal Clinical Cancer Research.

Scientists Suspect Indoor Pool Fumes Causes Asthma In Children

Children who regularly visit indoor pools may develop damage to Clara cells in their lungs. Clara lung cells help prevent airway-lung inflammation. The researchers speculate that repeated exposure to chlorine-gas byproducts in the air causes the lung cell damage. Studies show that competitive swimmers have elevated rates of both asthma and airway inflammation. The airway cell damage increases the risk of children developing asthma. The study is puiblished in the December 2004 issue of the journal Environmental health Perspectives.

Fruits May Protect Children From Leukemia - It's Probaly The Vitamin C

Researchers at the University of California, at Berkeley have found that children who eat oranges and bananas or drink orange juice most days of the week before age 2 derived significant protection from developing leukemia before the age of 14. Leukemia is the most common cancer in people younger than 15. The mothers of 328 children with leukemia and 328 children without were interviewed. The rate of breastfeeding and birthweight were similar in both groups. Consuming the vitamin C (and other nutrients) rich foods 6 times a week cut the risk of childhood leukemia in half. The study is published in the December 2004 issue of the American Journal of Epidemiology Epidemiology.