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Milk, Hormones and Cancer

20 Mar 2017

Hormones play a role in a number of cancers, particularly testicular, breast and prostate. Breast cancer risk increases with fewer pregnancies, early puberty and late menopause, probably due to...

The “Risk” of Caramel Colouring

20 Mar 2017

Colas derive their colour from caramel, which basically is a complex mixture of compounds produced when various carbohydrates such as sucrose, fructose, glucose or starches are heated to a high...

Tomatoes and Prostate Cancer

20 Mar 2017

You've probably seen the headlines over the years. There are loads of them, all with the same flavour. “Tomatoes No Magic Bullet For Prostate Cancer.” “Tomatoes Fail As Prostate Cancer Preventative...

Hormones and Cancer Treatments

20 Mar 2017

The first scientific observation about breast cancer was made in 1896 when it was noted that the disease sometimes regressed if the ovaries were removed. Eventually this connection was understood...

Can phytoplankton cure cancer?

20 Mar 2017

It’s a compelling story. Tom Harper and his wife built a large shellfish farm in British Columbia but found it hard to make ends meet because of the expense of the feed that was needed. So Tom...

Hygiene and Health

20 Mar 2017

We’ve grown up with the idea that dirt is bad. If you drop food on the floor, don’t dare to pick it up and eat it. Sanitize your kitchen and bathroom with “germ killers.” Filter your water. Purify...

Can asparagus be a treatment for cancer?

20 Mar 2017

What makes people believe the unbelievable? Sometimes it’s desperation. Sometimes it’s wishful thinking about simple answers for complex problems. Sometimes it is blind trust in the untrustworthy....

Does Blue Cheese Cause Cancer?

20 Mar 2017

Is it true that eating blue cheese causes cancer? That is what one of our correspondents wanted to know. Mercifully, the answer is: no. But I think I know how this story got started. Blue cheese is...

What are oncogenes?

20 Mar 2017

I once read somewhere that “cancer is the natural end state of all multicellular organisms”. If this was meant as reassurance to the millions who have suffered the ravages of the merciless...


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