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  • High Dose Green Tea helps prevent the formation of colorectal polyps in at risk patients

    Jan 06, 2011
         Colorectal cancer is rarely an isolated event. For many patients with colorectal cancer, there is an increased risk for developing secondary complications, repeat cancerous events, commonly referred to as metachronous colorectal cancer. In many cases, the colon experiences additional cases of polyp development before the first case of colorectal cancer is even in remission.
  • Using vitamin supplements soon after a diagnosis of breast cancer may decrease cancer mortality and recurrence

    Jan 05, 2011
       Researchers at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville and from the Shanghai Center for Disease Control and Prevention have discovered that vitamin supplement use during the first six months following a diagnosis of breast cancer is associated with a reduced risk of disease recurrence and death compared to non-supplement users.       The study included 4,877 Chinese women with invasive breast cancer enrolled in the Shanghai Breast Cancer Survival Study.  Participants were limited to those who underwent surgery for their tumors and for whom the current diagnosis of breast cancer was their first. Interviews conducted an average of 6.5 months after diagnosis provided information on the use of vitamin supplements during treatment.       During a 4.1 year average follow-up period, 532 participants had a recurrence of their breast cancer, 389 participants died from breast cancer and 55 from other causes.  Use of a multiple-vitamin was associated with a lower risk of breast cancer recurrence or death over the follow-up period with an 18% reduced mortality risk and a 22% reduced recurrence risk. Those who used vitamin C for more than 3 months had a 38 percent lower risk of recurrence and a 44 percent lower risk of dying than those who did not report using the vitamin, and for vitamin E use over 3 months, the risk of recurrence and death were 48 and 43 percent lower.      “There is a widespread concern that the use of antioxidant supplements during cancer treatment may protect tumor cells from the oxidative damage induced by cancer therapies, thereby reducing the effectiveness of treatment and increasing risk of mortality,” the authors write.  “We found no evidence that vitamin use during the first six months following diagnosis had a detrimental effect on breast cancer outcomes.” Our results do not support the current recommendation that breast cancer patients should avoid the use of vitamin supplements.
  • A lack of the B-Complex Vitamin Folic Acid linked to hearing loss

    Jan 04, 2011
        Folic acid is a member of the water-soluble B complex vitamin group. Isolated in 1946 from spinach leaves, its name comes from folium, the Latin word for leaf. In the body, folic acid is converted to its biologically active form tetrahydrofolic acid (THFA).
  • Vitamin D Supplements along with sunlight offer protection against breast cancer

    Jan 03, 2011
         Numerous studies have linked sufficient blood levels of Vitamin D to a decreased incidence of cancers including breast cancer. Researchers from INSERM led by Dr Pierre Engel collated data from 67,721 women who were followed for up to ten-years.      The French researchers documented 2,871 cases of breast cancer in these women over the decade long study.
  • Vitamin D Supplements along with sunlight offer protection against breast cancer

    Jan 03, 2011
         Numerous studies have linked sufficient blood levels of Vitamin D to a decreased incidence of cancers including breast cancer. Researchers from INSERM led by Dr Pierre Engel collated data from 67,721 women who were followed for up to ten-years.      The French researchers documented 2,871 cases of breast cancer in these women over the decade long study.

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