Diabetes Drug Linked To Bladder Cancer

Bladder cancer has had its share of headlines recently. Not because the public is uninformed about the disease or because scientists discovered a new wonder drug targeting bladder cancer cells. Rather, the disease keeps on reappearing under the adverse side effects category for one diabetes drug — Actos.

We all know that diabetes has its own sets of health challenges, and to be bombarded by studies confirming a diabetes drug’s bladder cancer risk brings chills to type 2 patients and their families. (more…)

Anti-cancer activity of pterostilbene

Previous studies already demonstrated that the anti-inflammatory and pro-apoptotic properties of pterostilbene are responsible for the inhibition of chemical-induced colon carcinogenesis. Chiou and co-workers at the National Kaohsiung Marine University, Taiwan, were the first to demonstrate that pterostilbene also acts as anti-cancer phytochemical by inducing NF-E2-related factor 2 [1]. The researchers injected male mice with azoxymethane and fed them with resveratrol or pterostilbene and found that pterostilbene was more effective than resveratrol in reducing azoxymethane-induced formation of aberrant crypt foci, lymphoid nodules and tumors. Both phytochemicals also increased the formation of antioxidant enzymes such as heme oxygenase-1 and glutathione reductase. (more…)

The US Cancer Program and Specific Types of Cancer, 1975–2007: A Failure (Part 1)

In a recent article we assessed the US cancer program by analyzing the overall incidence and mortality rates of all cancers combined.1 This article uses the same framework of analysis to assess the evolution, over 1975–2007, of 24 specific types of cancer. The analysis is presented in three parts: Part 1 covers 10 cancers from bladder cancer to kidney cancer. Parts 2 and 3, to be published in future issues of this journal, cover the remaining types of cancer in alphabetical order. (more…)

New Cancer Causing Agent Found in Our Water Supply

We have long known about carcinogens in common household items such as cosmetics, personal care items and cleansers, and the dangers they represent when we are exposed to them. Now a recent study is reporting that most of us are being exposed to a new cancer causing compound created by household items washed down the drain. (more…)