Promising New Study Explores the Use of the Human Immune System to Treat Cancer

These days they say that it isn’t a matter of if you get cancer, it’s where and when, but recent scientific breakthroughs seem to indicate that the treatment for cancer may be as simple as using the cells in our own blood.

According to Forbes.coma new study from the National Cancer Institute suggests that using white blood cells — which are already part of our immune system — can not only remove cancer cells in the blood in patients whose blood cancer was otherwise untreatable, but may work on tumors as well. The study sought to treat cervical cancer caused by human papilloma virus. They found suitable white blood cells in women’s blood, modified them, and used them to treat the cancer with promising results. Though the treatment is still in its infancy, it seems to be a promising alternative to other types of cancer treatment.

Another new treatment for cancer is coming from drug companies. This treatment isn’t found in our own blood; the drugs simply work against the proteins that allow cancer cells to protect themselves inside the body. Though there are breakthroughs in cancer treatments, we want to avoid actually having cancer in the first place. One of the ways you can prevent cancer is just by walking. According to the American Cancer Society, walking 10,000 steps can lead to a 30% to 70% decrease in rates of cancer.
Walking is a really simple way to prevent cancer, but you have to be careful when choosing your footwear. According to Independent Online, popular sandals that are designed for fitness might actually cause or increase back pain. Something like 31 million Americans are having back pain at any specific time, and it’s estimated that 80% of people will have back pain in their lifetime. According to Yahoo, chances are this might stem from the fact that many of us sit and work on computers.

If you cannot get out and go walking because of your job, there is still something you can do for your wellness. Having a quality office chair with proper lower back support (which the National Institute of Health suggests that you can achieve by using a small cushion) can alleviate and prevent back pain.

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