As time marches forward medical technology is rapidly closing in on some of our worst nightmares….THE DREADED BIG C or THE DREADED CANCER. If I were to place a bet I predict some research group in the immediate future will discover a cure for cancer. If I was chosen to perform cancer research I would look for the ugliest, awfullest, poisonous snakes, jelly fish, mantra ray’s, the deadly blowfish… mix that with some scorpions, poisonous tree frogs, wart hogs and you might just discover the cure. Every disease has a natural cure somewhere. It’s up to science and modern technology to discover a cure for cancer.
Researchers are going in every direction to find a cure for cancer and they are getting very close. Just recently a small research firm in California discovered that the sea snail had the ability to stop cancer dead in its tracks. There are several problems…we have very limited supply of natural sea snails so this research company has learned to grown sea snails in a controlled environment and can then in the not to distant future extract the blood from the sea snails and make a vaccine to cure cancer.
The California sea snail may end up going down as one of the most exciting biotech stories of the future. At the heart of the issue is a compound called Keyhole Limpet Hemocyanin, or KLH for short.Most likely unfamiliar to anyone without a PHD in Biochemical engineering or Pharmacology, KLH is one of the most important base-ingredients for the creation and evaluation of new pharmaceuticals.
The reason is, KLH is one of the most widely-applied ‘carrier proteins’ currently in use. It is the molecule which, by virtue of its shape, has the ability to deliver the active ingredient of a multitude of medicines to key receptors points inside cell walls. KLH works on an intra-cellular level, it will be a necessary component of any future drugs designed to kill Malignant Cancer Cells… Which means that the future cure for cancer itself will likely rely on KLH sea snail intervention.
The problem with the cancer cells is a lot of the antigen that are expressed on the cancers is actually your own tissues. The body sees them: This is my own, I shouldn’t react to it. : Cancer cells are, in essence, your own cells. So your immune system doesn’t see them as foreign invaders. And, as such, it fools your immune system to kind of ignore them and let them keep growing. And when the tumor mass gets to be a certain size, then your body no longer be able to handle it. So doctors use treatments like radiation and chemotherapy, which target all fast-growing cells in your body… that’s why cancer vaccines have such promise. It’s something that it’s high on the radar screen because of the characteristics—that they can differentiate the normal cells from the tumor cells and be able to target the treatments to the tumors. Cancer vaccines could train your body to only attack the cancer cells. The challenge is finding something on cancer cells that would help your immune system differentiate them from your own cells.
So there you have it! As the clock ticks faster and faster modern science is closing in on a long-awaited cancer cure. If you have too much money and time why not do your part and contribute to the eradication of all cancers.
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THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW:
Since the signing of the National Cancer Act 35 year ago, progress in the war on cancer has occurred through the work of geneticists, molecular biologists, epidemiologists, chemists and physicians at the National Cancer Institute’s comprehensive cancer centers, clinical cancer centers, basic science cancer centers and consortium cancer centers. These prestigious centers include the USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, which offers some fast facts to keep you up-to-date on the cancer front.
Early detection through screening, more effective treatments, reduction of exposure to risk factors and equal care for people diagnosed with cancer contribute to reducing the burden of cancer in the United States. Americans’ risk of dying from cancer continues to drop, maintaining a trend that began in the early 1990s. However, the rate of new cancers remains stable. Death rates decreased for 11 of the 15 most common cancers in men and for 10 of the 15 most common cancers in women
Cancer is a group of more than 100 different diseases characterized by the uncontrolled, abnormal growth of cells that form a tumor. Some cancers, such as blood cancers, do not form tumors. Benign (non-cancerous) tumors may grow, but they do not spread to other parts of the body and are usually not life threatening. Malignant (cancerous) tumors grow and invade other tissues in the body. Cells from malignant tumors can also break away and travel to other parts of the body, where they can continue to grow, a process called metastasis.
The statistics on survival are encouraging for many cancers. There are approximately 10.1 million Americans alive with a history of cancer—some are considered cured, others are in remission or are receiving treatment. The overall survival rate for all types of cancer is 65 percent. The USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center is proud to contribute to that success.
Resources: American Cancer Society, American Society of Clinical Oncology, Los Angeles Cancer Surveillance Program, National Cancer Institute and the NCI Entertainment Education Program, National Cancer Institute Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results database
THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: Your Life! By being better informed on Cancers new treatments and scientific break-through’s you could save your own skin plus help your friends and relatives.
ZENTRAVELER SAYS: If you think you have CANCER you should get a cancer check-up …early detection can save lives.
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