November 2011

Sport a Mustache to Raise Awareness for Prostate Cancer

Movember: Grow a Mustache During November


Raising awareness for prevention, screening, treatment, and research for cancer and other diseases has been sweeping the nation in the last 10 to 20 years. While the pink ribbon may be the most known symbol for breast cancer awareness, will the mustache be just as well-known in the coming years?

A new grass-roots movement is sweeping the nation and the globe to raise awareness for prostate cancer. The awareness movement takes place in November where men take on the task of growing their mustaches. "Movember", as it's called, is to spark talk about prostate cancer in men.

Denosumab: New Hopeful Drug to Delay Prostate Cancer's Spread to Bones

Cancer spread to the bones is one of the most common sites for which prostate cancer spreads.


Cancer that has spread to the bones is one of the complications of pancreatic cancer. However, a new drug has been developed that has been found to slow down the spread of cancer in bones in prostate cancer patients, reports a new study published in the Lancet.

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the drug called Denosumab for the prevention of fractures and osteoporosis with bone metastases with solid tumors. Now researchers think that Denosumab can help delay the progression of prostate cancer spread to the bones. Cancer spread to the bones is one of the most common sites for which prostate cancer spreads.

This is an encouraging report, considering that patients who have prostate cancer that has spread to the bone can have a poor outcome, so its metastasis to the bones prevention is key to a more favorable outcome.

Study Finds Prolonged Sitting Without Breaks Increases Cancer Risk

Take one to two minute breaks each hour when sitting

The American Cancer Society is reporting findings of a new cancer study. It seems that prolonged sitting can up the risk of developing cancer. The risk of cancer is impacted by the amount of time spent sitting. What this implies is that even people who are physical active each day can increase their risk of developing cancer by being sedentary for long periods of time.

Experimenting With Removal of Spent Cells May Increase Our "Healthspan"

Scientists are experimenting with removing "replicated-out" cells, and preliminary results look good.

Cellular senescence, or the ultimate death of a cell as it reaches its replication limit, has been a hotly debated issue among biologists for decades, principally, “Is it important in increasing longevity?” A new battery of research seems to confirm that senescence does play an important role not necessarily in increasing lifespan, but in increasing “healthspan”. Put a different way, by removing those cells that are damaged or breaking down, one can increase the amount of their lifespan that they are healthy and vital. Though the research is still in its infancy (this has only been tested on mice), the implications for increasing humans’ healthy years could be potentially game-changing.