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Coenzyme Q10 is best known for its heart protective effects. But this compound is also a strong antioxidant, which can be absorbed through the skin, where it can reduce carcinogenic UV-mediated dermal damage.
PC-SPES, a supplement advertised as a botanical medicine for prostate problems, was wildly popular among men with prostate cancer, largely because it seemed to work when pharmaceutical options did not. PC-SPES turned out to contain DES and warfarin, and was pulled from the market by California authorities, triggering outrage in the prostate cancer community.
One of the keys to preventing estrogen-related cancers is to establish a healthy balance between estrogen metabolites. Cruciferous vegetables and specifically an indole phytonutrient called Diindolylmethane found only in these plants, can help to a great extent.
WASHINGTON, DC—Do antioxidants help or hinder conventional cancer therapy? The question is one of the most contentious in cancer care today, not to mention one of the hottest topics at conferences on natural medicine.
Men with prostate cancer who are treated with androgen-suppressing GnRH analog drugs, are at markedly increased risk of osteoporosis and bone fractures compared with patients of similar age who are not taking these drugs. The longer a man is on a GnRH analog, the greater is his osteoporosis/fracture risk.
Roughly 80% of all women with breast cancer who are treated with radiation therapy experience skin damage at the irradiated sites. Topical preparations containing extracts of Calendula, a flower in the Marigold family, can prevent this radiation-induced dermatitis.
Estrogenic and hormonally-active environmental toxins from plastics, pesticides, animal feed, and cosmetics play a key role in precocious puberty—on the rise in young girls---as well many forms of cancer, says Dr. Devra Lee Davis, of the University of Pittsburgh’s new Center for Environmental Oncology.
The recent National Cancer Institute report showing a major downturn in breast cancer rates in 2003 had a lot of people saying "I told you so," and attributing the downturn to a drop-off in hormone replacement therapy. But it may not be that simple. Dr. Tori Hudson offers her thoughts on this hot topic.
A recent National Cancer Institute sponsored study has challenged the notion that increased lycopene consumption can prevent prostate cancer. But on closer analysis of the data, that conclusion is hardly written in stone. A wealth of other research shows that this valuable nutrient, found abundantly in tomatoes, can lower blood pressure, reduce cardiac events, and even protect against sunburn.
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