Monday, September 03, 2007

Aluminum In Breast Tissue: A Possible Factor In The Cause Of Breast Cancer

A new study has identified a regionally-specific distribution of aluminium in breast tissue which may have implications for the cause of breast cancer. Scientists have found that the aluminium content of breast tissue and breast tissue fat was significantly higher in the outer regions of the breast, in close proximity to the area where there would be the highest density of antiperspirant. Recent research has linked breast cancer with the use of aluminium-based, underarm antiperspirants. The known, but unaccounted for, higher incidence of tumours in the upper outer quadrant of the breast seemed to support such a contention. However, the identification of a mechanism of antiperspirant-induced breast cancer has remained elusive. --Click the title of this post to read the full article from its source--

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Night Shift Work Not Linked To Increased Risk Of Cancer

Working the night shift doesn't appear to increase the risk of developing cancer, suggests the findings of a new study of Swedish workers. Recent studies – and corresponding news headlines – have found that regularly working the night shift may increase the risk of developing breast, prostate and colon cancers. Some researchers say that the connection could be due to a decrease in the production of the hormone melatonin, as some animal experiments suggest that the hormone may have anti-cancer properties. Our bodies produce their highest levels of melatonin at night, during sleep, but exposure to light at night suppresses melatonin production, said Judith Schwartzbaum, the study's lead author and an associate professor of epidemiology at Ohio State University. --Click the title of this post to read the full article from its source--

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Sunday, September 02, 2007

Breastfeeding Decreases Possibilities of Having Breast Cancer

Breastfeeding is not only necessary for newborns to be nurtured, it also plays a role in reducing the chances of getting breast cancer. According to the Sprecher Institute for Comparative Cancer Research in New York, breastfeeding reduces the risk of having breast cancer 10 percent to 64 percent compared to women who don’t breastfeed. Statistics may vary depending on the pattern of breastfeeding, how often the baby is fed and the reasons for stopping it afterward. “There is no clear scientific explanation for that, although the information is correct according to studies. Breastfeeding decreases the possibility of having the disease,” said Dr. Mahmoud Al-Ahwal, consultant and associate professor of internal medicine and medical oncology at King Abdul Aziz University Hospital and a member of Al-Eman Cancer Society’s executive committee. “While breastfeeding, breast cells are doing the natural job that God created them for,” he said. --Click the title of this post to read the full article from its source--

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