What is Mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is a form of cancer. It attacks the lining around the lungs – the pleura – and is often termed a ‘pleural cancer.’ Other people just call it lung cancer. It comes from exposure to asbestos. In the past, people didn’t know that asbestos was dangerous, so they used it for insulation in homes,… Continue reading What is Mesothelioma?

Physical Carcinogenesis

Carcinogenesis is defined as the process of cancer growth. Specifically, the term refers to the process by which normal cells in the body mutate into cancer cells. In order for carcinogenesis to occur, damages in healthy cell DNA must occur. For this reason, carcinogenesis is often tied to genetics. However, exposure to certain chemicals and… Continue reading Physical Carcinogenesis

Lung cancer and veterans

Veterans often develop cancer as a result of exposure to hazardous materials – even when the exposure happened decades ago. The herbicide Agent Orange was used in Vietnam and it is acknowledged to cause prostate and respiratory cancers. The Department of Veterans Affairs even states that any respiratory cancer in a veterans known to have… Continue reading Lung cancer and veterans

Can Quitting Smoking Easily Be a Symptom of Lung Cancer?

An article in the most recent issue of the Journal of Thoracic Oncology detailed a study on patients who quit smoking with ease. The study showed that patients whose experience in quitting smoking had few or no troubles also developed lung cancer within three years of quitting. The study subjects quit smoking well before they… Continue reading Can Quitting Smoking Easily Be a Symptom of Lung Cancer?

Heavy Cigarette Smoking On the Decline

A recent report from researchers at the University of California at San Diego has revealed that the habit of smoking at least one pack (20 cigarettes) a day has severely declined over the last fifty years. Investigators observed that the rate of decline was particularly noteworthy in California, where lung cancer rates also fell in… Continue reading Heavy Cigarette Smoking On the Decline

Massachusetts Helps Vets Quit Smoking

State health officials in Massachusetts are developing measures to help the state’s military veterans quit smoking.  The new campaign is the second effort launched since 2008 to help veterans with this growing health problem.  Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray released a statement praising “the brave men and women” in uniform and said that the campaign… Continue reading Massachusetts Helps Vets Quit Smoking

Scientists Find Potential New Skin Cancer Treatments

Scientists at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle have found a new method for the treatment for a common form of skin cancer. Researchers at the laboratory, under the direction of Dr. Valeri Vasioukhin, have detected that a protein, known as alpha-catenin, that functions acts as a suppressive agent for squamous cell carcinoma tumors.… Continue reading Scientists Find Potential New Skin Cancer Treatments