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RESEARCH SHOWS WAY TO HALVE BOWEL CANCER
Bowel Cancer affects more than 37,000 people in the U K alone each year. For Britain this heavy burden on the NHS is reaching crippling proportions with around 16,000 of those diagnosed dying from it each year. As with many other types of cancer the mortality rate is high because many victims ignore the warning signs and as a result are not diagnosed as a result until the cancer has reached an advanced stage. I did not have bowel cancer but it was a perforated bowel that enable my Lymphoma to be found through the emergency repair operation that was undertaken. Even so, my Lymphoma was at Stage 4B,far too advanced for comfort and thus, I count myself as one who got away with it, at least for now.
NEW STUDIES PROVIDE HOPE.
Research into all forms of Cancer goes on relentlessly, day in day out, involving many people, methods and testings. Recently, a small, but significant Research project from the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital has revealed a potentially significant, and inexpensive method of reducing the chances of the disease developing by an average of 57%. Indeed significant.
THE RESEARCH IS CENTRED ON STATINS.THESE, IN PILL FORM ARE TAKEN BY UP TO 7 MILLION BRITISH PEOPLE AND COST AS LITTLE AS 40P.
Even more exciting is the revelation that in those taking higher doses of the cholesterol- busting drugs or were on them for 5 years or more, the risk dropped by more than 80%
It is projected that Statins could well have a protective effect working against Bowel Cancer developing. Indeed, more Stain, more protection was the estimated result. For some time now it has been crystal clear that CHOLESTEROL in high levels was a key factor in the development of the disease. Those readers who have visited my earlier Hubs on OBESITY, will be well aware that high fat diets and lack of exercise are major contributors to the risk factor.
I have also highlighted earlier that Obesity related illnesses are the biggest threat to NHS finances, outweighing those caused by Alcohol and Smoking even. Thus, if the research is well founded then the cost factor alone is of great significance.. Latest results suggest that Statins can reduce the formation of polyps which are the precursors of cancerous bowel growths that can develop into tumours. Those taking the pills were 57% less likely to get a tumour and those taking for 5 years or more were 82% less likely to get the tumours.
FURTHER RESEARCH REQUIRED.
This work is of definite and valuable worth in the battle of Bowel Cancer, but it is far from seeing the war concluded. The research is regarded as an important stepping stone along the way, involving as it did just 101 cancer patients and a further 132 healthy adults. Thus, whilst in no way conclusive, the results point the way for further and extended research into the beneficial effects of Statins in fighting the disease. Cancer Research UK ,hailed the study as yet another piece of evidence to put onto the pile of information already achieved.
Those dealing with research into the disease, by their nature have to be cautious with regard to all new findings but there is no doubt that informed opinion has been taking a mounting interest in the capacity of Statins to protect from, not only Bowel Cancer, but other forms of the disease as well and also heart disease. As with most treatments that are cancer related, side effects obtain such as nausea, headaches, pins and needles but generally these would be but a small price to pay if they can be proven to be effective against Bowel Cancer.
THE OBESE HOWEVER SHOULD BE IN NO DOUBT THAT BEFORE THEY NEED THE STATIN TREATMENT, THEIR VERY BEST COURSE OF ACTION IS TO CHANGE TO A HEALTHY DIET AND EXCERCISE MORE, MUCH MORE !