Here’s good news for those of you that like weed; a fun excerpt from our friends at Cancer Network:
Cannabis Linked to Decreased Bladder Cancer RiskBy Leah Lawrence | May 28, 2013The use of cannabis among men has been linked to a significantly decreased risk for bladder cancer, according to a recent study; however, no cause and effect association has been found.
The study, presented at the AUA 2013 Annual Meeting, found that men who reported using cannabis had a 45% lower risk for developing bladder cancer compared with men who did not smoke, even after adjusting for age, BMI, and race/ethnicity.
“Bladder cancer is one of the most prevalent genitourinary malignancies with an estimated 72,570 new cases and 15,210 cancer-related deaths per year in the United States, and it is the fourth most common malignancy in men,” Anil Thomas, MD, study author and endourology fellow at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center, said in an e-mail communication. “Importantly, advanced bladder cancer is inherently challenging to treat due to its associated high mortality and lack of effective systemic therapies.”
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It would be interesting to learn if taking marihuana extract type supplements that are not smoked might help, too. But studies like this cost a lot of green, so don’t hold your breath!
Feel good and keep smiling! Pat