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Can Calamari Oil DHA Help In Lowering The Risk Of Cancer?

Foods containing omega-3 fatty acids can help in lowering the risk and prevention of certain cancers


According to studies, the essential fatty acid DHA which is found in cold water fish, krill and squid can help in minimizing the development of skin and oral cancers. A study was made by scientists from The University of London who cultured cells in the laboratory from several cell lines. The cell lines include malignant oral and skin cancers alongside pre malignant cells and normal oral sand skin cells. The goal of the study is to focus on  a type of cancer called the squamous-cell carcinoma. This cancer cell is known as one of the major forms of skin cancer that manifests and affect the outer layers of the human skin. The researchers stated that the squamous-cell carcinoma can also manifest in the digestive linings, lungs and can also spread to the other body areas.

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Selumetinib - Breakthrough in Ovarian Cancer

Researchers at The University of Arizona Cancer Center at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix have discovered that many women with low-grade serous carcinoma of the ovary


or peritoneum have seen their tumors stabilize or shrink after taking a regular dose of the compound selumetinib.

The findings, published in the Feb. 14 edition of The Lancet Oncology, show that selumetinib targets a mutation in the MAPK pathway for patients with low-grade serous carcinoma, allowing for treatment on previously chemoresistant tumors.

"This is a potentially important breakthrough for the Gynecologic Oncology Group," said John Farley, MD, a gynecologic oncologist in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Creighton University School of Medicine at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, a Dignity Health Member.

The Gynecologic Oncology Group is a non-profit international organization with the purpose of promoting excellence in the quality and integrity of clinical and basic scientific research in the field of gynecologic malignancies.

Dr. Farley is part of the University of Arizona Cancer Center at St. Joseph's and is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology with a subspecialty certification in gynecologic oncology. He is a retired decorated Army colonel who completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology and a fellowship in gynecologic oncology at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He is the first author on this study.

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More gene links to breast cancer risk

The well-known BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations linked to breast cancer are rare and have a strong effect on cancer risk


But since these mutations only contribute to a small percentage of breast cancers, much of the genetic risk is thought to come from common gene variants with weaker effects.

To identify these, Jeffrey Smith, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of Medicine, William Dupont, Ph.D., professor of Biostatistics, and colleagues searched for single nucleotide polymorphisms, or SNPs – single “letter” changes in the genetic code – associated with breast cancer in four independent breast cancer study populations.

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