Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

8/15/2013 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Discovery could lead to new treatments for both common and rare forms of cancer

British scientists say they have achieved a "profound" breakthrough in the fight against cancer. Researchers claim that they have unlocked the DNA secrets of 30 of the most common forms of the disease. The discovery could lead to a deeper understanding of their causes, paving the way for new treatments and methods of prevention.

Lead researcher Professor Sir Mike Stratton, who was knighted this summer for his work on cancer genetics, says that although he normally avoided making sweeping claims, he believed the research had brought us closer to understanding cancer.

Lead researcher Professor Sir Mike Stratton, who was knighted this summer for his work on cancer genetics, says that although he normally avoided making sweeping claims, he believed the research had brought us closer to understanding cancer.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

8/15/2013 (1 year ago)

Published in Health

Keywords: Cancer, mutation, prevention, DNA, tumors, Professor Sir Mike Stratton


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Very little is actually known about what triggers cancer, which kills half the 325,000 patients in the United Kingdom who are diagnosed annually.

In the biggest analysis yet of its kind, researchers compared DNA from more than 7,000 cancer patients around the world. Studies included the most common cancers, including breast, bowel, lung and prostate cancers. Mutations in DNA that gather over the course of a person's life result in cancers. These are caused by such things as tobacco in the case of lung or throat cancer, and excess UV light in the case of skin cancer.

Patterns in the genetic code of the tumors were made by these mutations and the analysis of the DNA samples revealed 21 patterns were responsible for 30 cancers.

Many of the causes of several cancers remain unknown. Deciding which food, drink, habit or other external factor causes such changes in the DNA could lead to new ways of preventing the disease.
If a popular food is shown to cause mutations, people could be told to avoid it in the same way as they are advised to stop smoking to cut the odds of lung cancer.

Research into the genetics of cancer could speed the search for new treatments. Some existing drugs might also work better in those whose tumors are caused by particular patterns.

Certain patterns in the DNA of tumors were expected, such as the one caused by smoking. Others provided surprises, including one believed to be caused by a protein that helps us fight infections.
Some of the patterns were only found in one type of cancer, while others, such as the marks left by aging, were found in many different tumors. Every cancer had at least two patterns. But breast cancer had five and liver cancer, six.

Although further research may reveal more patterns - or "mutational signatures," the scientists, from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute near Cambridge, believe they have found most of them.

This compendium of mutational signatures and consequent insights into the mutational processes underlying them has profound implications for the understanding of cancer development, with potential applications in disease prevention and treatment," Lead researcher Professor Sir Mike Stratton, who was knighted this summer for his work on cancer genetics, said.

Stratton says that although he normally avoided making sweeping claims, he believed the research had brought us closer to understanding cancer.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for May 2015
Universal:
That, rejecting the culture of indifference, we may care for our neighbours who suffer, especially the sick and the poor.
Evangelization: That Mary's intercession may help Christians in secularized cultures be ready to proclaim Jesus.


Rosaries, Crosses, Prayer Cards and more... by Catholic Shopping .com


Comments


More Health

Beat fatigue with these healthy tips and tricks Watch

Image of The unhealthy feeling of tiredness and fatigue was scientifically noted to be caused by lack of sleep, too much coffee and low iron levels in the blood.

By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A lot of people wake up feeling tired in the morning and the exhaustion progresses throughout the day. This causes a poor and insufficient performance on daily activities. The unhealthy feeling of tiredness and fatigue was scientifically noted to be caused by lack of ... continue reading


The newest 'cure' for breast cancer: Scientists reveal unexpected new findings with an osteoporosis drug Watch

Image of

By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Scientists have recently discovered a way to prevent breast cancer from spreading into the bones. This could serve as good news for women everywhere whose lives can now be saved from breast cancer. Scientists hope this new discovery will finally lower death rates ... continue reading


Herpes curing cancer? New study aims to prove radical cancer treatment Watch

Image of A specific strain of the herpes virus has been used in trials to treat those who are suffering from melanoma.

By Matt Waterson (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

New research published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology suggests that a genetically modified strain of the herpes virus may be capable of killing cancer cells and preventing the growth of tumors. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The herpes strain that ... continue reading


HEART, HEAL THYSELF! Radical new approach for heart failure patients Watch

Image of Hailed as an

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

It's an example of doctors saying, "Heart... heal thyself!" Oxford University researchers are touting a revolutionary treatment where the heart is encouraged to heal itself after a heart attack. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Scientists believe the process ... continue reading


Is this the definitive cure for Ebola? Researchers find Ebola's 'Achilles heel' Watch

Image of

By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Hope for new treatments that finally avert Ebola grows with the recent discovery from researchers that there is a weak spot within the deadly virus. According to researchers in New York, a specific protein that determines whether or not the Ebola virus can further ... continue reading


Milwaukee man shocks distraught family by 'coming back to life' Watch

Image of

By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

When a man from Milwaukee was pronounced dead last week, everyone, from his girlfriend to his brother, was immediately notified. The first responders made all the necessary arrangements for the corpse to be transported to the morgue. While all the preparations were ... continue reading


Revolutionary! Robotic arm controlled by thought provides breakthrough for paralyzed Watch

Image of

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

An exciting new breakthrough in robotics may now enable the paralyzed to command helpmates with everyday activity. The breakthrough came in form of 34-year-old Erik Sorto, paralyzed from the neck down after being shot in the back 13 years ago. Thanks to a ... continue reading


Ancient Chinese plant 'thunder god vine' studied as miracle drug for obesity Watch

Image of In developed nations, where food is inexpensive and plentiful, obesity has been an ongoing problem. Obesity causes heart disease, diabetes and increases the risk for heart attack and stroke.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A traditional Chinese medicine known as "thunder god vine" is being heralded by some scientists as the new miracle drug in the war against obesity. Scientists in an article published in the medical journal Cell last week said an extract made from the plant ... continue reading


Brain reset: Scientists uncover unusual way to get rid of brain disorders Watch

Image of

By Atarah Haely (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

By implanting special cells that emit GABA into the brains of adult mice scientists found a way to cure certain brain disorders, like lazy eye. Initially an almost impossible endeavor, the experiment led a team of scientists to a way to reset the brain and basically ... continue reading


Health in the United States: Which cities are the healthiest? Watch

Image of

By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The American College of Sports Medicine has recently released their 2015 American Fitness Index, naming the top three fittest and the least fit cities in the entire United States. MUNTINLUPA, PHILIPPINES (Catholic Online) -  Among the thousands of cities surveyed ... continue reading


All Health News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Sirach 51:12-20
12 And therefore I shall thank you and praise you, ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 19:8, 9, 10, 11
8 The precepts of Yahweh are honest, joy for the ... Read More

Gospel, Mark 11:27-33
27 They came to Jerusalem again, and as Jesus was ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for May 30th, 2015 Image

St. Joan of Arc
May 30: St. Joan of Arc is the patroness of soldiers and of France. On ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter