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Chicken: Prevents cancer?


Patterns in diet may affect the development of colorectal adenomas, or precancerous polyps of the colon.

24 Dec 2005 - In a study, recently featured in The American Journal of Gastroenterology, more than 1500 patients underwent baseline colonoscopy to remove existing polyps. And then, they were then given a survey about their diets. After a period of one, and then four years, the group underwent follow-up colonoscopies to determine if any polyps had returned.

Those who had consumed diets higher in processed meats showed a greater risk of developing recurrent colorectal adenomas. Those with diets high in certain white meats, like chicken, were less prone to this risk.

"Our results are consistent with prior studies that suggest certain dietary factors may be important in the development of colon polyps and cancer," Lead Researcher Douglas Robertson of the VA Medical Center.

Previous studies have explored whether fiber intake affects the growth and development of colorectal adenomas and cancer, however, this study found no significant evidence to suggest an association. The same was determined for dietary intake of fat and red meat.

According to the National Cancer Institute and U.S. National Institutes of Health, Colorectal cancer is the third most common type of non-skin cancer in men (after prostate cancer and lung cancer) and in women (after breast cancer and lung cancer). It is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States with more than 57,000 people dying from colorectal cancer each year.

Dr. Bradly Jacobs, chair of myDNA's Complementary and Alternative Medicine Channel, says that eating chicken "may simply reflect 'lack of consumption' of processed foods."

"It might also simply identify a group of people that are more health conscious in general, and as such, less likely to develop adenomas," he said.

Jacobs questions if this study is a prospective cohort study. "The finding that chicken consumption is protective against adenomas may be only a surrogate marker for healthy living or some other factor that tends to tag along with people who eat lots of chicken."

He compares this to a classic analogy linking matches with lung cancer.

"In reality, people who smoke cigarettes always carry matches and therefore the true biological cause of lung cancer; matches is a confounder."

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Man sentenced in asbestos scam

Gloversville resident gets 18 months for role in cleanup scandal

Staff and wire reports
February 18, 2006 - SYRACUSE -- A Gloversville man was sentenced to 18 months in prison for his role in a massive asbestos scam that authorities said left toxic dust in hundreds of Capital Region buildings.

Anthony Mongato, 41, testified for the government in its case against Alexander and Raul Salvagno, owners of the asbestos abatement firm AAR Contractor Inc., who were sentenced to federal prison terms last year of 25 and 19 years, respectively.

Mongato pleaded guilty in 2002 to violating the federal Clean Air and Toxic Substances Control acts and providing false information to federal authorities.

The Salvagnos, formerly of Loudonville, were convicted of setting up a bogus laboratory that falsified 75,000 tests for 1,555 projects, most in the Capital Region, including dozens of schools and university buildings.

Mongato worked for AAR for about a year and then started his own company so he could pretend to be a subcontractor, even though he was still working for the Salvagnos, the U.S. attorney's office said.

Reeve's Death Puts Focus on Women's Lung Cancer Risk

Experts say it may take the illness and death of Dana Reeve, widow of actor Christopher Reeve, to finally swing attention.

Haber Saglik - 11.03.2006 - Experts say it may take the illness and death of Dana Reeve, widow of actor Christopher Reeve, to finally swing attention to lung cancer's grim toll on women -- even women who, like Reeves, never smoked.

In fact, 20 percent of the thousands of American women diagnosed with lung cancer each year never used tobacco. And for reasons that remain unclear, nonsmoking women are more likely to develop a lung malignancy than nonsmoking men.

"We need to understand why younger women are more likely to get the disease, why there are molecular differences in lung cancer between men and women, and why there are treatment differences between men and women," said Regina Vidaver, executive director of Women Against Lung Cancer, which lobbies on behalf of more research into lung cancer.

Lung cancer remains the leading cause of cancer death for both genders, killing 72,000 women each year in the United States -- about 30,000 more than succumb to breast cancer annually, Vidaver pointed out.

"It's a sad thing that it takes a celebrity's death to highlight that this is the leading cancer killer of both men and women," Vidaver said.

Reeve's death also highlights the fact that people don't have to smoke to get this disease. "In fact, one in five women who develop lung cancer have never smoked -- the figure is about half that for men," she said.

Dr. Sharon I.S. Rounds, the immediate past president of the American Thoracic Society and chief of pulmonary and critical care medicine at Brown Medical School, agreed with Vidaver. "The problem of lung cancer among women is not well-recognized by the public," she said. "Lung cancer surpassed breast cancer as the leading cause of cancer deaths in women in 1987."

Lung cancer remains the leading cancer killer of both men and women, according to the American Cancer Society. This year, there will be an estimated 162,460 deaths from lung cancer -- 90,330 among men and 72,130 among women -- which accounts for about 28 percent of all cancer deaths, the society notes.

"For women, that's more than breast, ovarian and uterine cancer deaths combined," Rounds said. "And lung cancer kills more people than the three next most common cancers combined -- that's colon, breast and prostate cancer," she added.

Other factors besides smoking can predispose individuals to lung cancer, such as radiation exposure, asbestos exposure and exposure to secondhand smoke or other environmental causes. In addition, scientists suspect that lung cancer has a genetic component, too, Rounds noted.

While lung malignancies do differ between men and women, the disease is generally not more aggressive in women than it is in men, Vidaver said. "Every tumor in every single individual is different, and so you cannot make a blanket assessment about aggressiveness," she said.

But Rounds said we still know far too little about the disease. "There needs to be a better understanding of how lung cancer is caused, how to prevent it and how to diagnosis it and how to treat it more effectively," she said.

Both experts said there's no effective, accepted screening test for lung cancer. The result: Most cancer is diagnosed in an advanced stage when it is exceedingly tough to treat. An accurate early detection test would mean earlier diagnosis and, for many patients, a more optimistic prognosis.

"To me the fact that we don't have a screening test for the biggest cancer killer in the nation is the best indicator of how little resources have been put toward this disease," Vidaver said. "It is absolutely abhorrent to me that we don't have a screening test for this disease."

Trials into a promising new screening method are currently under way, Rounds said. "But there are no conclusive results yet," she added.

Vidaver believes much of the blame for the paucity of research into lung cancer belongs with the U.S. government.

"We don't understand very much about this at all," Vidaver said. "It's primarily due to the federal government not providing funding commensurate with this disease's death toll. We need to have more research done. That's the only way that we are going to end up saving lives.

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