A Possible New Early Mesothelioma Detection Method
Scientists may have found a key molecule that can help doctors detect mesothelioma cancer in asbestos-exposed people before it advances into later stages.
Mesothelioma is the cancer of the mesothelium, which is a membrane lining of simple squamous epithelium cells. Mesothelioma usually affects the lining covering the lungs and surrounding thoracic cavity and the peritoneum.
Like lung cancer, mesothelioma is most often caught only after the cancer has progressed too far for surgical correction – which is why it's often a terminal disease. But now scientists have found a promising method that can help detect a mesothelioma before it gets out of hand – the key is in the High-Mobility Group Box 1 (HMGB1) protein.
HMGB1 is a protein secreted by both normal and cancerous mesothelium cells. But cancerous cells also secrete an acetylated isoform of the HMGB1 protein. Researchers hope that they can detect mesothelioma earlier by screening asbestos-exposed people for the acetylated version of the protein – since only cancerous cells make them and they would alert doctors of the developing mesothelioma.
This Mesothelioma Research Can Save Many Lives
Paul Kraus, one of the longest surviving mesothelioma patients in remission, says that this new research can potentially save thousands of lives. Like most mesothelioma patients, Mr. Kraus was first diagnosed when his cancer had reached advanced stages and the doctors only guaranteed him a few months left of life. But now Mr. Kraus is still alive and well – two decades after his diagnosis!
Mr. Kraus says early detection isn't the only secret to beating cancer – against all odds he is beating his cancer by delving into natural remedies:
Limit your sugar. According to the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, eating sugar may boost cancer growth and spread. Although the evidence is there, researchers can't make a definite conclusion. But if you're diagnosed with cancer, it can only help if you eat less simple sugars and more complex sugars (like quinoa and red potatoes). Limiting your carb and sugar intake keeps you healthy and boosts your immune system, since too much sugar has been found to lower your immunity. Your immune system does fight cancer cells, so weakening it with a high-sugar diet can only help your cancer cells grow with less resistance.
Exercise. Exercise has also been found to boost your immunity. Researchers also found that exercise helps lower cancer symptoms and boost quality of life in cancer patients. Exercise has also been found to boost your levels of cancer-killing NK cells. Researchers think that regular exercise trains your NK cell levels to always be elevated and higher in activity, which helps to fight your cancer cells.
If you've been exposed to asbestos, ask your doctor to test you for acetylated HMGB1 to see if you're starting to develop mesothelioma. If you've already been diagnosed with cancer, it's important to exercise everyday and limit your sugar intake in order to keep your immune system sharp.