Is There Finally a Cure For Breast Cancer?

The medical community was astounded by the recent news that an Indian teenager found a breast cancer cure. Krtin Nithiyandam, who lives in Epsom Surrey, claims that he has found a way to treat triple-negative breast cancer, a specific form of the disease that does not respond to most treatment methods.

Typical breast cancer treatments revolve around hormone therapy, as the condition is often caused by fluctuations of estrogen, progesterone, or certain growth chemicals. Treatment plans involve patients taking drugs that block excessive production of these hormones. These drugs are normally quite effective. However, triple-negative breast cancer – which affects around 7,500 women each year – is a special case. Doctors speculate that several factors cause the condition, thus, changing treatment. Those who are diagnosed with this illness usually have a combination of surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy; and even then, complete eradication of the disease is not certain.

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Nithiyandam, who won the Google Science Fair in 2015 for developing a test that spots Alzheimer’s 10 years before it surfaces, says that he has found a way to change triple negative breast cancer cells so that they respond positively to treatment. The cells, which medical professionals call undifferentiated, do not have receptors which traditional cancer drugs latch on to. Nithiyandam says that blocking a specific protein in the cell could potentially build receptors.

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Nithiyandam’s findings are currently being reviewed and tested by different medical groups. If proven, it could significantly improve the prognosis of the thousands of women battling breast cancer.

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New Us Government Study Tackles Old Cellphone-Cancer Controversy

When mobile technology first became popular, there were many studies that claimed that increased cellular use could lead to cancer. This was a highly controversial statement – with many individuals cancelling their mobile subscriptions until empirical data suggested otherwise.

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Several more studies were undertaken. Most of these concluded that the amount of cellular exposure to develop cancer was almost impossible to attain; that is, the individual should be constantly and continually be on the phone for almost the entire day for several months. As far as mobile companies were concerned, the issue was over.

Recently, however, a major US government study reopened the topic, claiming the excessive cellphone exposure does indeed lead to cancer, at least among rats. Researchers of the study concluded that continuous exposure to radiofrequency radiation increases the potential of developing certain forms of cancer, particularly in the brain.

The upside is that the risk is relatively small, and the exact translation of the phenomenon to humans is still undetermined. Still, medical researchers are cautioning the public to be more vigilant with their cellphone usage. They argue that their findings do suggest that there is a correlation (and perhaps an undetermined causation) between mobile use and developing cancer.

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Further research still needs to be made, but this recent finding has caused a major ripple among cellular companies. People are once again questioning the health and safety hazards of using their cellphones.

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