Making Strides in Understanding Cancer Cells
Cancer is still one of the least understood diseases plaguing mankind. Some scientists have dedicated their lives to studying cancer cells, how they spread, and how they can be removed or halted before the disease reaches a point that it is terminal for the patient. Let’s take a closer look at some of the most recent advancements in cancer cell research.
Over-The-Counter Solutions to Prevent Cancer Before it Develops
Tetraploid cells form in the body and typically die off as soon as they develop. However, sometimes the body holds onto them. The white blood cells will typically kill any leftover tetraploid cells, but those that are not destroyed have been shown to assist in the development and spread of cancer throughout the body. Scientists discovered several years ago that patients with the most common kinds of cancer, such as breast, cervical, and prostate, have an overabundance of these cells throughout their body.
Until recently, however, specialists have not been able to find a way to destroy the tetraploid cells without harming the good cells that combat cancer. In the end, the solution was simple. Aspirin and resveratrol (a chemical found in red wine) were already known to reduce the risk of cancer in patients that took them regularly—however, studies in mice and later in humans showed that it also greatly decreased the number of tetraploid cells after just a few months of use.
Antioxidants: Good or Bad?
Antioxidants, once believed to curtail the development and spread of cancer in the body, has been found to have the opposite effect.
It is common knowledge that antioxidants are good for the body in general. They help boost the immune system and energize the body; however, recent studies have revealed that an overabundance of antioxidants in cancer patients will actually protect the cancer cells instead of preventing them from spreading.
The body is full of p53 cells, whose purpose is to destroy useless and unwanted cells in the body, including harmful cancer cells. In studies of mice over the course of several years, tumors treated with antioxidants tripled during treatment. Scientists are not recommending that people refrain from consuming antioxidants, as they play a vital role in the overall health of the body by battling dangerous free radicals. Instead, they suggest that people do not consume an overabundance of them by taking antioxidant supplements in addition to the ones in the foods they eat.
Combating Cancer with Knowledge
New research is published every day on cancer cells, and how to combat them to help stop the development of cancer throughout the body.
Cancer cells are a topic of ongoing study and debate in medical research circles, and will continue to be until a solid cure is found. There are dozens of different cells and factors involved in the development in cancer. While there have been massive strides made in cancer research, there are still so many unknowns that it goes from being a fatal nightmare to being easily cured with less painful treatments.
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