Celebrating Life: Relay for Life raises funds for cancer research

The annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life event is a moving experience for anyone who has a loved one who was lost or suffered through cancer.

Purple Tomatoes to Fight Cancer

A genetically modified purple tomato helped to prevent cancer in mice. The purple tomato is engineered to create nutrients which are found in dark berries. Scientists at the John Innes Center in Britain fed the modified tomato to cancer-prone mice and the tested mice lived longer than those fed a regular diet, with and without standard red tomatoes.

The clinical study was looking for the effects of anthocyanins, which are an antioxidant found in blackberries and black currants and have been shown to reduce cancer risk, some neurological conditions and heart disease.

Asbestos and Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is a type of cancer which is almost always caused by an exposure to asbestos. The mesothelium is a part of the body which covers most of your vital organs. The most common area of the body that is affected by asbestos is the pleura, the lining between the lungs and the chest wall.

Exposure to asbestos can be as direct as working with asbestos laden construction materials to something as innocuous as washing the clothes of someone who does come into contact with the fibers. There are many things that you come into contact with everyday that might contain asbestos and most countries in the world have started to make its use something of the past.