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Friday, March 28, 2008

 

Major Myths About Cancer

Cancer Organizations Spread Major Myths About Cancer

Organizations designated to disseminate accurate information about cancer actually spread most of the modern myths surrounding this disease, says Bill Sardi, author of the book You Don't Have To Be Afraid Of Cancer Anymore ( www.thecancerbook.com ).

October 15, 2007 -- Cancer information bureaus claim cancer is not contagious, surgery doesn't spread cancer, sugar doesn't make cancer grow faster, hair dye doesn't cause cancer, and use of sunscreen lotion prevents skin cancer. "All of these are falsehoods," says Sardi.

Cancer is contagious

"Cancer certainly is indirectly contagious," says Sardi. Up to 15% of cancers are caused by germs, says Sardi, who says a whole book documents that fact. (Microbes and Malignancy, Oxford University Press, 1999) Lymphomas, sarcoma, gastric carcinoma,
liver and cervical cancer all emanate from viral or bacterial infection, says Sardi. Examples are oral, throat and cervical cancers which are caused by the Human papilloma virus and gastric cancer which is unequivocally caused by the bacterium Helicobacter pylori. Furthermore, masses caused by Mycobacteria tuberculosis are indistinguishable from cancer. TB may be a major cause of cancer. [Quarterly Journal Medicine 100(1):59, 2007; European J Gynaecology Oncology 24(6):561-2, 2003; Acta Neurochir (Wien). 145(6):513-7, 2003; Diagnostic Cytopathology 28(2):107-9, 2003
Does surgery cause cancer to spread?

A survey indicates 41% of Americans believe surgery can cause cancer to spread. Cancer agencies say that is fiction. A physician spokesperson for the American Cancer Society says this myth "really keeps patients from potentially receiving what could be a definitive, if not curative, surgery." But surgery is not a cure for cancer, and there is published evidence surgery does indeed facilitate the spread of tumors.

Researchers at Harvard Medical School clearly state that "surgical wounding associated with the removal of experimental primary cancers can trigger angiogenesis (new blood vessels) in previously dormant micro-metastatic tumor deposits, which can result in the acceleration of relapse and death." (Lancet 357: 1048, 2001)

It is said that surgery "kick starts" hidden small tumors. Surgeons know this and often prescribe pre-operative chemotherapy, or anti-estrogen drugs, to limit the effect surgery has upon accelerated growth of remaining small tumors following surgery. {Lancet 347: 260, 1996)

In a report entitled "Excisional surgery for cancer sure: therapy at a cost," researchers indicate there is "strong" evidence that tumor removal influences the growth of remaining tumors. (Lancet 4: 760-68, 2003)

A report in Medical Hypotheses states that "surgery can increase the number of circulating tumor cells and induce an immunosuppressive effect that might facilitate metastatic spread. The process of wound healing can stimulate growth factors that have been shown to accelerate tumor cell growth. This situation is a double-edged sword." (Medical Hypotheses 67: 1054-59, 2006)

Researchers in Ireland report that surgical removal of a primary tumor is often followed by a faster and more aggressive tumor at the same site. (Annals Thoracic Surgery 80: 1046-50, 2005)
Even a simple biopsy is invasive enough to activate the wound-healing process and accelerate tumor progression. (Lancet 357: 1048, 2001)

Finally, Georgetown University doctors report that surgery carries an increased risk for cancer weeks or even years after an operation. (Anesthesiology Clinics North America, June 2006)

Hair dye and cancer.

The American Cancer Society says hair dyes don't cause cancer. But this so-called myth persists. After examining 79 different studies, a report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association says "We did not find strong evidence of a marked increase in the risk of cancer among personal hair dye users." (Journal American Medical Assn 293: 2516-25, 2005)
However, a study conducted by researcher at the University of North Carolina School of Public Health found that the use of any hair dye in the month before and/or during pregnancy is associated with a modest increased risk of neuroblastoma in offspring. (Cancer Causes Controls 16: 743-48, 2005) Neuroblastoma is a tumor containing embryonic nerve cells.

When data was pooled from different population studies, it was found that "personal use of hair dye products increases bladder cancer risk by 22% to 50%." (Public Health Reports 120: 31-38, 2005)

A recent study shows that the use of hair dyes is associated with adult acute leukemia and that more frequent use and long-term use increased the risks for this type of cancer. Non-permanent hair dyes were not associated with leukemia, but long duration of permanent hair dye "may have an impact on the risk of leukemia." (American Journal Epidemiology 160: 19-25, 2004)

Another study could not completely dismiss data linking hair dye use with a modest increased risk for bladder cancer. (International Journal Cancer 109: 581-86, 2004)

It's possible the hair care industry knows why hair dye is linked with cancer since a recent study shows that the increased risk for Hodgkin's lymphoma was only found among women who started using hair coloring products prior to 1980. (American Journal Epidemiology 159: 148-54, 2004) It's possible some carcinogens have been removed from currently made products.
The data is not clear enough to say no to the idea that hair dye may increase cancer risk, even if only by a modest degree.

Does sugar promote cancer growth?

According to the American Cancer Society, sugar doesn't make cancer grow faster.
Dr. John T. Ely of the University of Washington decided to test whether sugar abets tumor growth. Dr. Ely found that patients in remission from tumors have lower blood sugar levels. (Integrative Cancer Therapy 4: 25-31, 2005)

Dr. Ely and colleagues went on to conduct an animal test. Mice were placed on three different diets designed to produce different blood sugar levels and then injected with highly aggressive breast tumor cells. Seventy days later 16 of 24 mice on a high sugar diet had succumbed to cancer, 8 of 24 mice on a normal sugar diet died and only 1 of 20 mice on a low-sugar diet died. (Biochemistry Biophysical Research Communications 132: 1174-79, 1985)

Dr. Ely has taken breast cancer patients, placed them on a low sugar diet, added supplemental vitamin C and treated their tumors with radiation, and demonstrated a prolonged survival. (Integrative Cancer Therapy 4: 25-31, 2005)

Does sunscreen use prevent skin cancer?

When Americans were surveyed, 43% said that sunscreen use can prevent skin cancer. The ACS says: "The use of sunscreen on a daily basis is a good practice for reducing skin cancer risk."

Yet, when researchers scrutinized the issue of whether sunscreen use prevents skin cancer, they found that there is no association between sunscreen use and the development of malignant melanoma, the most feared form of skin cancer. (British Journal Dermatology 153: 378-81, 2005) When researchers analyzed data from many studies they concluded that "the melanoma protective potential of sunscreens cannot be proven using the existing evidence." (Photodermatology Photoimmunology Photomedicine 18: 153-56, 2002)

The big shocker is that 95% of solar radiation is UV-A energy, while most sunscreens protect from the harsher UV-B rays. UV-A may also induce skin cancer. [Journal Investigative Dermatology 121:869-75, 2003 The latest study shows that UV-B rays only partially contribute to the development of melanoma. UV-A is also involved. (Journal of the National Cancer Institute, Vol. 97: 1822-1831, December 21, 2005)

SPF (sun protection factor) refers to the ability of a product to block out UV-B rays. So there is a flaw in the design of the sunscreen products themselves. (Postgraduate Medicine 116: July 2004)
Melanoma was rare up until the 1950s when sunscreen use began as "tanning lotions." Now there are over 40,000 cases of melanoma and 7,000 deaths from melanoma reported annually. Rising trends in the incidence of and mortality from melanoma began in the 1970s and 1980s, when sunscreens with high sun protection factors were more widely used. (Annals Epidemiology 3: 103-10, 1993)

Blockage of UV-B sun rays by sunscreen lotion inhibits production of vitamin D in the skin. (American Journal Clinical Nutrition 80: 1678-88S, 2004) According to a recent report, frequent regular sun exposure acts to cause cancers that have a 0.3% death rate with 2,000 U.S. fatalities per year and acts to prevent cancers that have death rates from 20-65% with 138,000 U.S. fatalities per year. (Preventive Medicine 22: 132-40, 1993):

A recent study estimates that 50,000-63,000 individuals in the United States and 19,000-25,000 in Britain die prematurely from cancer annually due to insufficient vitamin D. (Photochemistry Photobiology 81: 1276-86, 2005)

For more information about myths that surround cancer read the new book You Don't Have To Be Afraid Of Cancer Anymore, offered at www.thecancerbook.com

Press Contact: WILLIAM SARDI
Company Name: Knowledge of Health
Phone: 909 596 9507
Website:
www.thecancerbook.com


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April 1 Asbestos Awareness Day

Mayor to Declare April 1 Asbestos Awareness Day in Montgomery

Mayor Bobby Bright will sign a proclamation declaring April 1 as Asbestos Awareness Day in Montgomery in a ceremony at his office Friday, March 28, 2008, at 10 a.m.

Montgomery, Ala.  - March 25, 2008 -- Mayor Bobby Bright will sign a proclamation declaring April 1 as Asbestos Awareness Day in Montgomery in a ceremony at his office Friday, March 28, 2008, at 10 a.m. This proclamation will go hand-in-hand with a senate resolution declaring April 1 National Asbestos Awareness Day, and April 1-7 Asbestos Awareness Week. Asbestos Awareness Day is a project of the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization.

Locally, Asbestos Awareness Day strives to educate the public about the ongoing dangers of asbestos exposure, which can lead to asbestos-related disease such as asbestosis, lung cancer, and malignant mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer affecting the mesothelium, or the protective lining around our internal organs. It most commonly affects the linings of the lungs, abdomen and heart. Unfortunately, many symptoms of mesothelioma (shortness of breath, severe cough, chest pain) do not appear for 20 or more years, making it difficult to diagnose early. For this reason, the cancer is often diagnosed in the later stages, making it difficult for proper treatment and survival.

Asbestos has been used in a wide range of building materials, including roofing, insulation, ceiling tiles, and sheet rock. For this reason, it is especially important to identify any potential asbestos hazards before engaging in home improvement projects.

In the U.S., current statistics show 2,000-3,000 people are diagnosed with malignant pleural mesothelioma each year. However, 10,000 Americans die each year from all asbestos-related diseases, according to statistics compiled by the Environmental Working Group. Mesothelioma was not tracked as a specific cause of death by federal health officials until 1999, so actual totals for mesothelioma may be much higher.

It is the primary goal of MyMeso.org to raise awareness in the public about mesothelioma and related asbestos diseases, to provide a forum for those affected by mesothelioma, and to create a network of information and resources expanding hope for a cure. MyMeso.org is a public awareness and community outreach effort of Beasley, Allen, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C.

Contact: Wendi Lewis
334-495-1308 / 334-221-3595 cell

Press Contact: Wendi Lewis
Company Name: MyMeso.org
Phone: 334-495-1308
Website:
www.MyMeso.org


Monday, March 24, 2008

 

$30 Million Mesothelioma Lawyer Jury Verdict Believed Largest

Mesothelioma Lawyers in New Jersey Announce $30.3 Million Jury Verdict Believed to Be the State's Largest

Mesothelioma lawsuit; family members' 'take home' asbestos fibers and 50-year-old victim's own college summer employment at GM facilities in Bloomfield and Englewood, New Jersey caused cancer that killed rising-star advertising executive, according to mesothelioma lawyers Levy Phillips & Konigsberg, LLP.

Hackensack, NJ (PRWEB) March 16, 2008 -- Deadly "take home" asbestos fibers on work clothes his father and brother wore while employed at GM parts warehouses in Bloomfield and Englewood, and exposure to the carcinogenic material during his own GM summer employment caused the death of a 50-year-old rising star advertising executive, a Bergen County jury ruled yesterday. The wife and three daughters of Mark Buttitta, who died four days before Christmas 2002, will receive $30.3 million in what is believed to be New Jersey's largest verdict for a mesothelioma lawsuit, the New Jersey mesothelioma lawyers of Levy Phillips & Konigsberg, LLP announced.

Bloomfield born and raised Buttitta's advertising clients had included Coca Cola and Continental and Northwest Airlines before he died a few days after his 50th birthday. His father, Frank Buttitta, Sr., and brother, Frank Jr., unknowingly brought home asbestos fibers on their work clothes contributed to the
deadly cancer, the experts testified at trial. The elder Buttitta was a lifelong GM employee, working as a parts picker at the GM warehouses, handling brakes and clutches made with asbestos, according to mesothelioma lawyer Moshe Maimon, of Levy Phillips & Konigsberg, LLP, lead trial counsel in the 15-day trial before New Jersey Superior Court Judge Brian R. Martinotti.

In addition to the senior Buttitta's lifelong full-time employment at the GM warehouse, the victim and his brother, Frank Jr., had worked summers during college at the facility -- also as parts pickers. All three Buttittas would wear the same work clothes for days at a time, Maimon said, "bringing home
cancer-causing asbestos fibers every day from work, unknowingly letting the microscopic fibers fragments waft throughout their home and settle. Worse yet, as a young boy Mark would sit on his dad's lap -- or next to him on the sofa -- every night to watch TV, and was innocently exposed to asbestos."

After high school Mark Buttitta attended Colgate University, eventually residing with his wife and three daughters in Glen Ridge, New Jersey. He was a vice president of MediaVest when first diagnosed with Mesothelioma in 2001 and died a year later, Maimon said.

In 2003, Buttitta's family established the Mark Buttitta Memorial Foundation for Research for the "Prevention, Treatment and Cure of Mesothelioma," according to the foundation's Web site http://www.markbuttittafoundation.com/.

"While most Mesothelioma victims are employed in the
construction or automotive manufacturing industries, Mark did not fit this typical profile," the foundation's home page noted. On Saturday, March 8th the foundation is holding a wine tasting and silent auction at the Time-Life Building in Manhattan.

"Mark Buttitta's sad case shows convincingly how blue-collar workers from the automotive, construction and other asbestos-using industries are not the only potential victims of mesothelioma," Maimon said. "In Bloomfield, Englewood and all across New Jersey, men and woman who wouldn't know a brake shoe from a horseshoe can be struck down by this
horrible disease decades later from simply living with someone who contacted asbestos in his daily occupation. In Mark Buttitta's case we were able to get justice for him and his young family."

Maimon's co-counsel in the mesothelioma
lawsuit were Richard Cattenacci, Esq. of Connell Foley in Livingston, and Donald MacLaughlin, Esq. of Ridgewood.

Case Caption: Susan Buttitta as Executrix of the Estate of Mark Buttitta v. Asbestos Corporation Limited, et al. (BER-L-9592-02)

Press Contact: Jay Berkowitz
Company Name: Levy Phillips & Konigsberg, LLP
Phone: 561-620-9121
Website:
www.lpklaw.com


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Specialty Pharmacy Provider to Prime Therapeutics

Walgreens Awarded Exclusive Contract as Specialty Pharmacy Provider to Prime Therapeutics

Contract provides service to specialty pharmacy users among 20 million health plan members

DEERFIELD, Ill.-- Walgreens (NYSE:WAG) (NASDAQ:WAG) will be the exclusive specialty pharmacy provider for Prime Therapeutics under a new, multi-year contract the companies have signed. Walgreens will provide the service through its Pittsburgh-based Medmark, A Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy.

Prime Therapeutics, based in St. Paul, Minn., is a pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) collectively owned by 10 Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans, subsidiaries or affiliates of those plans. The contract serves specialty pharmacy users among more than 20 million health plan members.

"While we can't predict the exact value of this contract, the annual specialty pharmacy spending by Prime's total client base is significant," said Stanley B. Blaylock, President of Walgreens Health Services. "Our partnership with Prime gives us the opportunity to manage specialty pharmaceuticals that are covered under both the medical and pharmacy benefit. We believe many - if not most - of those plans will use our services through Prime over time.

"We also believe our independence from the major PBMs was a significant factor in winning Prime's business and will help us consistently win other contracts over the long term. Another significant factor for Prime was our proven quality and patient service that allows health management companies like Prime to stay focused on improving care and managing costs."

The services provided by Medmark, A Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy will be part of Prime Therapeutics' new TriessentT specialty pharmacy program.

"Prime believes the complexity of specialty pharmacy is too important to simply outsource," said Tom Solberg, assistant vice president of specialty pharmacy at Prime. "Medmark's proven track record complements Prime's existing core capabilities in specialty and pharmacy benefit management and will allow Prime to offer a complete specialty pharmacy program through Triessent. Prime is committed to providing a variety of solutions to help our clients manage specialty spend and strengthen their ability to compete effectively in the specialty marketplace with a complete solution."

Medmark, A Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy will provide Prime with medication fulfillment and complement Prime's existing patient education and clinical support services. Its pharmacists and nurses will counsel patients on the importance of medication adherence and the management of side effects.

"Our specialized, disease-focused teams coordinate care as part of our patient-focused clinical programs," said Blaylock. "By focusing on customer service, we've scored 98 percent patient satisfaction rates for all of our services as measured by CJ Olson Market Research Inc."

Medmark, A Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy will serve Prime's members through central-fill facilities that are supported by Walgreens local retail and home care locations.

Medmark, A Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy was acquired in August 2006 by Walgreens, the nation's largest drugstore chain with fiscal 2007 sales of $53.8 billion. Walgreens operates 6,237 stores in 49 states and Puerto Rico, and is expanding its patient-first health care services beyond traditional pharmacy through Walgreens Health Services, its managed care division, and Take Care Health Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary that manages 146 convenient care clinics at Walgreens drugstores. Walgreens Health Services assists pharmacy patients and prescription drug and medical plans through Walgreens Health Initiatives Inc. (a pharmacy benefit manager), Walgreens Mail Service Inc., Walgreens Home Care Inc., Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy LLC and SeniorMed LLC (a pharmacy provider to long-term care facilities). More information about Walgreens is available at Walgreens.com.

Contacts

Walgreen Co.
Michael Polzin
(847) 914-2925


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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

 

National Asbestos Awareness Week

ADAO Applauds the United States Senate for Passing a Resolution to Establish "National Asbestos Awareness Week"

Resolution Furthers Education and Awareness of Asbestos Dangers


Washington, DC . March 6, 2008 --- The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), an organization dedicated to serving as the voice of asbestos victims, today applauds the United States Senate for passing a resolution that would designate the first week of April as "National Asbestos Awareness Week." In particular, ADAO praises Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) for sponsoring the resolution and additional cosponsors and key supporters of S.RES.108 including: Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL), Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA), Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) and Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) for their leadership in this important legislation.

"We are pleased with the passage of this resolution as we approach the day when asbestos is finally banned in the United States," said Dr. Richard Lemen, former Assistant Surgeon General and Co-chairman of the ADAO Science Advisory Board.

"We already know that asbestos exposure causes deadly diseases and cancers that kill Americans on a daily basis. The passage of this resolution will help raise awareness about the dangers of asbestos and move our nation closer to banning the deadly mineral permanently," stated Michael R. Harbut, MD, MPH, FCCP, CoDirector, National Center for Vermiculite and Asbestos-Related Cancers, Karmanos Cancer Institute, Wayne State University.

"The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization applauds the U.S. Senate and the bi-partisan cosponsors for the passage of this resolution. We cannot bring those back we've lost from exposure to this deadly substance, but we can ensure that our loved ones are not affected by asbestos in the future," said Linda Reinstein, Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization.

To recognize National Asbestos Awareness Week, ADAO will hold its fourth annual conference and Remembrance Service at Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute on March 29-30 in Detroit, Michigan.

About Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization
Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) was founded by asbestos victims and their families in 2004. ADAO seeks to give asbestos victims a united voice to help ensure that their rights are fairly represented and protected, and raise public awareness about the dangers of asbestos exposure and the incurable and often deadly asbestos related diseases. ADAO is funded through voluntary contributions and staffed by volunteers. For more information visit www.asbestosdiseaseawareness.org.

Media Contact:
Doug Larkin
Director of Communications
Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO)
Phone: (202) 391-1546
doug@asbestosdiseaseawareness.org


Friday, March 07, 2008

 

Details of Ohio Prisoners' Exposure to Asbestos

LegalView Updates Mesothelioma Information Blog with Details of Ohio Prisoners' Exposure to Asbestos

LegalView readers were recently informed of a Ohio prison, opened in 1966, that had tested positive for asbestos after prisoners from the jail sent samples of insulation to a lawyer. Asbestos fibers and dust can cause an incurable form of lung cancer known as mesothelioma.

Denver, CO (PRWEB) January 29, 2008 -- LegalView.com, your source for everything legal on the web, has updated its mesothelioma blog, alerting readers to an Ohio prison that has tested positive for asbestos. Chillicothe Correctional Institute, which was opened in 1966, had tested positive for the presence of asbestos after prisoners secretly sent insulation and dust found in their housing areas to an outside lawyer, who sent the materials to a lab for testing.

Asbestos fibers and dust are the cause of an incurable form of lung cancer known as mesothelioma. The cancer takes anywhere from ten years to a few decades to develop and the symptoms are similar to other illnesses, so an individual is often misdiagnosed and unaware of their fate. Asbestos had been used in the construction of homes, government buildings, schools, and offices among other structures before it was discovered to have been the root of http://mesothelioma.legalview.com[mes
othelioma cancer __title__ Mesothelioma Information. To receive an attorney consultation on the specifics of an asbestos exposure case it is important to contact an experienced mesothelioma law firm who can offer a referral.

Of the 37 prisoners who claim to have been exposed to the asbestos, 33 are current inmates of the prison, while four have since been released. The prisoners have filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court, CV0015, stating that not only are they being exposed to asbestos, but that inmates "are routinely forced to remove asbestos or work with asbestos without training or protection," according to the lawsuit.
Individuals who feel they too have been previously exposed to asbestos should contact a medical professional as well as an attorney. Another illness that is similar to mesothelioma in its seriousness is Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis (NSF). NSF is a rare illness associated with individuals who are already suffering from kidney disease and are receiving gadolinium dye during magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) tests. NSF causes a patient's skin to harden, especially
around the joints, and eventually becomes so hard and stiff that a victim cannot even move their appendages. If you or someone you know suffers from this illness contact an http://nsf-nephrogenic-systemic-fibrosis.legalview.com[NSF lawyer __title__ Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis Law Firm specializing in this illness to learn about what can be done to provide relief from such a debilitating disease. Additionally, if an individual is the victim of a construction accident or traumatic brain injury, use LegalView's practice areas to find more information on how to reach a http://construction.legalview.com[construction accident attorney __title__ Construction Accident Lawyer or a brain injury law firm to receive a consultation on potential compensation.

About LegalView:

LegalView.com is a public service brought to you by Legal WebTV Network, LLC, a Limited Liability Corporation created by a group of the nation's most highly respected
law firms: Anapol Schwartz; Brent Coon and Associates; Burg Simpson; Cohen, Placitella and Roth; James F. Humphreys and Associates; Lopez McHugh; and Thornton and Naumes. For more information on the accomplishments and track records of LegalView.com's superior sponsoring law firms and to get in touch with LegalView attorneys, visit LegalView at www.LegalView.com.

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Thursday, March 06, 2008

 

Doctor Explains Mesothelioma Treatment Options In New Video

Another video was posted on Youtube about mesothelioma. This new one is also by Dr. Case and he discusses the possible treatment options that are available for mesothelioma patients. More plain talk from an expert that can help you to understand more about this rare type of lung cancer from asbestos.


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