Thursday, 30 October 2008

Sugar & Cancer

I stumbled across a rather interesting article on the Irish Times website that you can read here. Sugar and sugar variants are seemingly reliable indicators of cancer:

"Cancer cells also use sugars to hide from the body's immune system so that they can travel from the primary site to seed new cancers in other organs, a process called metastasis. This means that the levels and types of sugars produced can also be used to monitor disease progression and how the patient is responding to therapy"

I wonder if and when the relationship between sugars and the cause of cancer will be drawn? Time to air one of my favourite quotes:

Superior doctors prevent the disease.
Mediocre doctors treat the disease before evident.
Inferior doctors treat the full-blown disease.

— Huang Dee Nai-Chang—(2600 BC 1st Chinese Medical Text)

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