Doctors & Researchers Should Stress Cancer Prevention
By Bruce Brightman - LifeSource Vitamins
Although doctors and researchers have had a number of successes in the
diagnosis and treatment of cancer, we need to stress cancer prevention.
Prevention is the key to reducing cancer, but only a small percent of the
resources devoted to cancer are used to encourage prevention. For example,
many sources give information on cancer screening and treatment, but scant
information is available on how to avoid getting sick.
A case in point is prostate cancer. In Illinois, almost 10,000 new cases of
prostate cancer are diagnosed each year. Many people diagnosed will have
surgery, radiation and other procedures. Yet, a significant percentage of
these cancers might be preventable - possibly by something as simple as
taking a dietary supplement.
Prostate cancer is more common among African-Americans and men living in
northern climates. There is a straightforward connection between these two
groups that might help to prevent prostate cancer: Vitamin D.
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that helps deposit calcium in the bone.
Interestingly, vitamin D needs sunlight to become activated. Increased
melatonin in the skin of African-Americans reduces the activation of
vitamin D. Those living in northern climates have less overall sun exposure
(and vitamin D activation).
A recent study in the medical news journal Internal Medicine World Report
concluded that higher blood levels of activated vitamin D were associated
with a considerably reduced risk of prostate cancer. This data came from
the Physicians Health Study, which tracked 1,082 physicians who developed
and later died from prostate cancer and compared them to 1,701 other men of
the same age.
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What was discovered was that those with lower levels of vitamin D were at
double the risk of developing prostate cancer and had three to four times
the risk of contracting aggressive prostate cancer compared to the other
men. Indeed, those with vitamin D levels above normal had a 45 percent
reduction in the risk of ever developing prostate cancer. Men living in
Asian countries, where the diet is rich in fish, have the highest levels of
vitamin D and lowest levels of prostate cancer in the world.
Considering the thousands of dollars in medical costs and personal trauma
resulting from prostate cancer, it is encouraging to think that up to 45
percent of new cases could be prevented for pennies a day.
We know that vitamin D affects cell growth and can cause cancer cell death.
Recent research has demonstrated that vitamin D might act at the DNA level,
promoting the production of natural anti-cancer compounds like tumor
necrosis factor (TNF). Higher levels of serum vitamin D might promote
higher levels of natural anti-cancer compounds like TNF. Lower vitamin D
levels might do the opposite.
The recommended daily dose of vitamin D is 400 IU. Higher daily doses
(possible as little as 800 IU/day) might be required for the most benefits.
Although fish, fortified milk and egg yolk are sources of vitamin D,
multivitamins and dietary supplements might be more convenient.
Billions have been spent in research, diagnosis and treatment of cancer.
Hospitals and medical centers nationwide emphasize innovations and cutting
edge therapies, but few stress prevention - and prevention is where we
really need to be. Prostate cancer should not be an issue in the US, it is
very easy to prevent.
Bruce Brightman – founder
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