New moles, not existing ones give rise to most melanomas

Melanoma is a type of cancer that affects the skin and develops from the pigment containing cells, called melanocytes. It is the most dangerous type of skin cancer and affects around 132,000 people per year worldwide. Early detection of melanomas increases survival rate and so a simple pneumonic was developed to help identify troublesome spots:…

Cancer cells can force their neighbours to feed them

Cancer is formed when a cell mutates and develops the ability to grow uncontrollably. This uncontrollable growth means that cancer cells are energy hogs, they require copious amounts of fuel to drive their growth and movement. Many chemotherapeutics target the food supplies of cancer cells in an effort to starve them. Typically, nutrients are provided to cancer…

92% of the worlds population is living with polluted air

Outdoor air pollution is estimated to be linked to 3 million deaths world wide per year. Including indoor sources into the estimate we find that around 6 million deaths world wide are attributed to air pollution. That is 11.6% of all global deaths! Most of these deaths come from complications with the heart, lungs, or brain.…

The miracle cure for cancer is not being hidden from you

Cancer is a horrendous disease that takes a toll not only on the patients but also their family and friends. Even with the best treatments and care, some cancers still have a high mortality rate. For example, pancreatic cancer has a mortality rate of 93%. A cancer diagnosis has a lot of emotion tied to…

Air pollution kills millions of people each year

By now you have surely seen the pictures of the hazy pollution filled days in Beijing. The level of pollution there seems almost unbelievable but its not even the worst. At the time of writing this article, the real-time pollution index in a small town called Saint-Denis on the French controlled island of Réunion in…