Cancer Prevention: New Research & Suggestions

I just found out that there has been some major breakthrough with cancer research. This is very exciting news. Briefly, it involves treating patients with viruses that have been genetically engineered to specifically infect cancer cells, rather than causing the particular illness that they usually bring. When injected into the body, the viruses seek out and destroy the tumour cells, multiplying inside them to create even more cancer-killing viruses. At least, that’s the theory.

To date, researchers in the UK have created oncolytic viruses from a number of different types of modified virus, including the herpes virus (which causes cold sores), pox viruses and adenovirus (common cold). But while tests in cancer cells grown in the lab and animals have been remarkably successful, this promise unfortunately hasn’t yet translated into success in clinical trials with actual cancer patients. In Ontario it is recommended that an adult get the measles/mumps/rubella vaccine (MMR) every 10 years from their family doctor or health unit. It can’t hurt to boost your immune system and maybe prevent cancer growth? I’m going for it.

peachIn another direction, researchers at Texas A&M recently found that peaches and plums have antioxidant levels that match our wonderful Northern Ontario blueberries. Peaches and plums contain two types of polyphenols (antioxidants) that help kill breast cancer cells while leaving healthy cells intact. It is recommended that you eat fresh or canned peaches or plums twice a week to reduce your risk by 40%. For breast cancer prevention I plan on adding peaches to my Visalus shake twice a week and getting a mammogram every two years.

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