Skin Cancer Risk From Tanning Beds Worse Than Thought

Researchers have warned that using an artificial tanning bed has more than double the skin cancer risk than spending the same length of time in the Mediterranean midday summer sun, and in some cases the risk is six times higher. The tanning bed, along with the sun itself, is a large source of ultraviolet (UV) radiation, and overexposure to this radiation, regardless of whether the source is artificial or natural, can cause a number of health problems such as skin cancer. Melanoma is the most dangerous type of skin cancer, and is the most common form of cancer for young adults … Continue reading

Biking to work; great for heart, damaging to lungs.

Everyone is doing it. New immigrants do it more than U.S. citizens. Men are three times more likely to do it than women. If you are from the west you will do it more than those down south. Biking to working is a new trend sweeping the United States. In New York City 200,000 people bike to work daily. Between 2008-2009 there was a 26% increase in the city of the amount of people hitting the street with their bike. What are the reasons for this increase?  A survey of 2,400 cyclists reported that people do it for both environmental … Continue reading

New Lung Cancer Vaccine from Cuba Gives Lung Cancer Patients New Hope

A new therapeutic lung cancer vaccine has been developed and patented in Cuba by the Center for Molecular Immunology (C.I.M.). The anti-body called Racotumomab underwent clinical trials in 86 countries. Ana Maria Vazquez, a specialist at the center has quoted that although this vaccine is not a cure for lung cancer, it can greatly improve the quality of life for those diagnosed with this aggressive disease. Racotumomab combats the lung cancer by reducing cancer cells, which in turn minimize the presence of tumors. In its clinical trials the vaccine increased survival rates, and, proved to have good safety and tolerance … Continue reading

Could you be suffering from vitamin D deficiency?

The sun, with its harmful UV rays, has often been touted as the enemy of cancer. With long sun exposure being linked to the development of skin cancer, we layer on the sun cream trying to protect every fold of skin with the cream’s UV fighting properties. However, the conundrum arises, when, now experts are linking Vitamin D deficiency to the cause of some cancers. It has been suggested that vitamin D could prevent cancers of the colon, breast, pancreas and prostate. Vitamin D, a fat soluble vitamin is clearly central to human health. Deficiency in this vitamin has been … Continue reading

Skin cancer risk determined by various genetic factors

Though researchers learn more about skin cancer every year, its causes remain numerous and ambiguous, making it hard to predict whether a person will actually develop skin cancer cells in their life time, according to dermatologists in Connecticut. In a new study, researchers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham  and the University of Wisconsin-Madison found a person’s overall risk for skin cancer involves a wide variety genetic factors including family history, ethnicity, and genetic variations specific to each individual. Taking these factors into account, the researchers developed more precise method for assessing skin caner risk, which they recently published … Continue reading