It is predicted that pancreatic cancer could become the second most common cause of cancer deaths in coming years. Download the column
Pancreatic cancer is a devastating disease which appears suddenly and has a very low chance of survival for the patient. An important publication in the prestigious journal Nature showed that the very aggressive nature of this cancer is caused by a veritable explosion of errors in the DNA of pancreatic cells, which permits them to race through the stages of development and to become cancerous very rapidly. Download the column
Periodontal diseases such as gingivitis are caused by pathogenic bacteria present in dental plaque. Recent studies have found that the presence of these bacteria are also associated with an increased risk overall for cancers of the esophagus and pancreas. Is the toothbrush a new anticancer weapon? Download this column
An important study has shown that the formidable pancreatic form of cancer is actually four distinct diseases, each possessing different genetic alterations. This represents a major discovery, which opens a path to an improvement in the treatment of this too often fatal cancer. Download this column
Pancreatic cancer is usually at an advanced stage when diagnosed and is consequently very difficult to treat effectively. According to an important recent study in the prestigious journal Nature, the measurement of small particles released into the blood by the cancer cells could permit us to detect them in the first stages of their development and thus could revolutionize the treatment of this terrible disease. Download this column
A very large majority of pancreatic cancers are incurable and thus prevention remains the only useful approach to combat this disease. To this end, recent results indicate that the simple act of regularly consuming nuts can significantly reduce the risk of developing this fatal disease. Download this column
One study has recently shown that apigenin and luteolin, two polyphenols found in large quantities in celery and parsley, can prevent the development of pancreatic cancer. Download this column.