Yesterday’s prostate cancer story from Australia got us thinking: What is going on with cancer news outside of the United States? Let’s take a quick trip around the world to help us get a better global perspective.

The Times of India reports a renewed focus on high fat diets, and tobacco as cancer triggers. The article reports:

According to Lalit Kumar, professor of medical oncology at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), three million cases of cancer globally are due to tobacco use alone, with lung cancer claiming half the victims.

A high fat content diet can lead to breast cancer. Women who do yoga or moderate exercise everyday have lower incidence of cancer as compared to women with sedentary lifestyles and high fat intake, Kumar said at a talk at the India International Centre Wednesday evening.

“A high fat diet also acts as a trigger for prostate cancer. Fried food and spicy food is linked to cancer of the esophagus. Preservatives in food and smoked food, which is eaten in some parts of northeast India, also act as triggers for cancer,” he said, adding that high fat intake and low fibre intake can cause colon cancer.

Canada’s CBC reports Pap screening in Ontario shows gaps.
Their conclusion: Nearly four of 10 urban women living in Ontario aren’t getting regular Pap tests to screen for cervical cancer.

A Japanese news site reports on an American finding published in Reuters: Hepatitis B linked to lymphoma in study.

Finally, a U.K Website, Irish, features an article about a woman with leukemia facing deportation back to Nigeria in the article, Nigerian woman deported from Ireland may die.
Cancer doesn’t repect geographic or political boundries. Good to know progress is being made world-wide.
Feel good and keep smiling! Pat & Pattie

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