‘I am cancer free,’ Bishop Kiuna narrates how tough it was fighting for his life

Bishop Allan Kiuna of Jubilee Christian Church (JCC) says he is 100 per cent cancer-free.
Speaking to Weekend with Betty Kiuna says it was difficult, but his wife stood by him.

“When I was diagnosed with Myeloma Cancer. The cancer forms in a type of white blood cell called a plasma cell, it was hard and I even felt like losing hope but, I remained prayerful and my wife was so strong for me,” he said.
He adds that life is about challenges and being able to face them and conquer them.

“I have been able to face them by understanding that its never over until God says so. I had to accept that it was something I had to face and also overcome.”

After the diagnosis, Kiuna says he now appreciates life than he ever did before.
“My wife and even my family and my ministry but I had to endure it. Go through it prayerfully and as you do that He will come through it and you will overcome,” he said.

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As a result of chemotherapy treatment, the preacher says he lost his hair and his skin turned darker but he is now healed and able to even run.

He wrote on Facebook,

“When my hair fell off, my skin became dark and my body started giving in, I kept decreeing the promises of God. Today by God’s grace I ran 10kms near the Aegean sea in Istanbul in 1 and half hours 💪🏼💪🏼and next year same time I will run 10kms in 59.40,” he wrote.

He continued:

“I can testify that I am totally healed, totally whole, totally restored, I have seen the healing power of God.”

Bishop Kiuna first disclosed his battle with cancer in August this year while condoling with the families of Bomet Governor Joyce Laboso and Kibra MP Ken Okoth.

The two leaders succumbed to cancer in July.
“I am so grateful to God for having seen me through a difficult battle with cancer last year. My heart goes out to the families of all who have lost their loved ones to the scourge,” he wrote on Facebook.

Allan Kiuna and Kathy Kiuna embracing
Allan Kiuna and Kathy Kiuna embracing


Michelle Karume, granddaughter of the late Hon. Njenga Karume dies of CANCER

Michelle Karume is dead. She was the granddaughter of the late billionaire politician Njenga Karume. Despite being an heir to her late grandfather’s fortunes she died a pauper.

She was only 26 years old when she succumbed to cancer in the United States where she had travelled last year December to enrol in the clinical trial.

She died before she could get treatment.

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 Her obituary read:

Born: 11th June 1993 – Died: 14th September 2019

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the death of Michelle Wariara Karume, which happened in Houston Texas USA.

Daughter of the late Joseph Karume Njenga and the late Jane Wangui Kabu. Sister of Kenneth Wathugi Karume. Mother of Jamal Karume Omore.

Granddaughter of the late Dr. Hon. James Njenga Karume and the late Maryann Wariara Njenga Karume, The Late Margaret Karume and the late Nathaniel Wathugi Muhia and Eunice Wambui Wathugi.

Niece and cousin of Mr. and Dr. Kahiu and Family, Ms. Teresia Njeri Karume and family, Ms. Lucy Karume and Family, The Late Capt. James Kihato Matu and Mrs. Jane Matu and Family, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Waireri Karume and Family, Mr. and Mrs. Kigera Karume and Family, The Late Kennedy Njoroge Karume, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Wanjema Karume and Family, Mr. and Mrs the late Joseph Muhia, Mr. and Mrs. John Nganga.

A close friend to many.

“She is clothed in Strength and Dignity and She laughs without fear of the Future” Proverbs 31:25

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Ezra Chiloba lashes out after rumours that he is battling prostate cancer



Former Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) CEO Ezra Chiloba has rubbished claims that he is battling prostate cancer at a Nairobi hospital.


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In a statement he shared both of Facebook and Twitter, Chiloba termed the rumours as insensitive to actual people who are suffering from  the illness and fake.

This is after a blog published an article claiming he has been in and out of hospital for the past few days.

 Ezra stated that he is in good health and attacked those who have been spreading malicious stories about him.
“Please ignore the FAKE NEWS doing rounds. Those spreading rumors are insensitive to the pain of those who suffer from cancer.

“I am well, and just yesterday, I clocked my fastest 10.5 kms  run for which I am grateful,” he said on Friday.

Following the demise of Kibera MP Ken Okoth and Bomet Governor Dr. Joyce Laboso who both succumbed to cancer, President Uhuru Kenyatta has called for concerted efforts to fight the disease, claiming it to be a national disaster.

Speaking during Laboso’s funeral service on Friday, the President said that the government will increase funding towards cancer management.

He added that a chemotherapy centre at Longisa Hospital in Bomet will be officially opened in September to help cancer patients.

“We have also agreed to put up additional radiology centres at the facility and also add three more across the country in Garissa, Mombasa and Nakuru.

“We will also upgrade Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret to be a centre of excellence for cancer treatment and train oncologists,” said His Excellency the President.

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He also noted that cancer has claimed many lives most recently being people who had means to seek medication in other countries with facilities.The President regretted that most ordinary Kenyans do not have money and capacity to go abroad to seek medication and assured that more money will be put towards cancer treatment.

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Reasons Ken Okoth might have asked his family to cut him off life support

Second-time Member of parliament for Kibra Ken Okoth passed away yesterday at Nairobi hospital’s ICU due to massive organ failure.

Ken, as he was fondly known by Kenyans, was diagnosed with colorectal cancer.

Something unique about Ken deathOkoth’s death, however, is that he had requested his family to cut him off life support.

Here are the reasons he might have done so.

1-He wanted his family to rest easy

It’s obvious that Okoth was a family man.

Seeing his wife Monicah support him all these months, however, might have shown him the toll his health had on his loved ones.

Hence he decided he was ready to meet his maker.

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2-He was tired

Battling cancer is not easy the fact that Ken Omoth’s cancer has spread to the liver was twice as hard.

Since it was diagnosed at stage four Ken was to be on drugs for life.

As a man, it reaches a point all the will to fight goes.

Ken might have felt that this past weeks.

3-He had lived life and finished his race

Ken had lived life, created memories, shared enough love to last Kenyans a lifetime hence he felt ready to go.

4-He had accomplished  his mission on Earth

Unlike most politicians Ken was a man of the people, he had built schools, given bursaries attended graduations for his constituents and he felt his mission on Earth was done.

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See the gift Jeff Koinange has vowed to give in honour of Ken Okoth

Media personality Jeff Koinange  has vowed to rename a library that was being built in his honour after Ken Okoth after he passed on.

According to Jeff that is the only way he can mourn and celebrate the leader known to many as ‘Kiongozi’ for his down to earth nature.

A very SAD day…Ken Okoth was a GREAT man..

A FIGHTER…A great LEADER…We were just about to LAUNCH the “Jeff Koinange LIBRARY” at Mbagathi Girls in Kibra…

In HONOR of Ken, I will rename it “KEN OKOTH LIBRARY…Rest in Peace Bro..Till we MEET
#RIPKenOkoth .

Striking similarities between the life of Bob Collymore and Ken Okoth

Jeff Koinange and the late Ken Okoth
Jeff Koinange and the late Ken Okoth

It is barely a month since Jeff Koinange lost his best friend Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore after he succumbed to cancer.

Among the few things that Ken Okoth mostly wished for is to see Kenya making cancer treatment a priority.

Ken had in the past confessed that unlike what many people know cancer changes a person’s life.

In an interview with Word Is, Jeff said,

“It’s been more than two weeks now but it has not yet hit me that he is gone. Sometimes, I still sit down and imagine Bob walking in and asking us how we are doing. ‘Hey guys did you miss me?'”

If there is one thing he wishes he had told Bob, it is how great a human being he was.

“Bob always told us that he was not perfect, but that he learnt from his faults and mistakes,” he said.

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Revealed here is Ken Okoth’s final wish before he breathed his last

Kibra member of Parliament Ken Okoth has finally rested after a brave battle with colerectal cancer which had spread to his liver leaving him in ICU.

The outspoken ,charismatic politician had however  shared the wishes he would have loved to see fulfilled one of them being put of life machine.

According to a source

He (Okoth) specifically had said he doesn’t want to be on life support so an hour ago they decided to switch it off.

Ken Okoth

Kibra MP Ken Okoth dies in ICU due to massive organ failure

That however is not the only wish Okoth had before his demise.

Last year Okoth travelled to Europe for further treatment as he could not afford the expensive treatment in the USA.

His one wish at the time was Kenya to make cancer care a priority.

“I could not afford the US because it was too expensive.

My wife is from Europe, where the cost is more affordable and I could get a residence permit quickly for the duration of the treatment.

Sadly, not everyone is as lucky; we need to make cancer care in Kenya a national priority,” he says.


May his soul rest in perfect peace and may God grant his family peace in this trying times .

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Kibra MP Ken Okoth dies in ICU due to massive organ failure

Kibra MP Ken Okoth is dead.Okoth was rushed to Nairobi Hospital’s at 5pm on Thursday and moved to ICU at 8am on Friday after multiple organ failure.

Okoth succumbed at 4.pm.

Two weeks ago, Okoth made his first official appearance to the public after being away in France for five months seeking treatment for colorectal cancer.

He had attended the Kibra Music Fest at Moi Girls School, Nairobi.

Ken Okoth

In March, Okoth told Kenyans that he was managing stage four colorectal cancer and will survive.

Okoth was 41 and was serving his second term.

He showed confidence that he will overcome ‘the monster’ in a Twitter reply to Benjie Wambui who had asked how he was doing.

“How are you Mheshimiwa? I am praying for you today,” Wambui had posted.

Okoth responded, “Napambana na hali yangu (I’m managing my condition) and we shall overcome.”

“Chemo drugs are brutal on the skin and immune system,” Okoth said.

Risk of cancer from drinking one bottle of wine is same as smoking 10 cigarettes

Having one bottle of wine each week raises the risk of cancer by the same amount as smoking up to 10 cigarettes, scientists claim.

In the first study of its kind, academics managed to compare the known dangers of smoking to that of drinking too much.

They found the ‘cigarette equivalent’ of one bottle of wine – roughly 10 units – is five cigarettes for men or ten for women each week.

And the risk of cancer from downing three bottles of red or white wine each week, or 10 large glasses, is much higher.

Researchers at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, Bangor University and University of Southampton carried out the study.

Dr Theresa Hydes and team estimated 10 in 1,000 men would develop cancer at some point in their lives from drinking one bottle of wine each week.

However, for women this figure was 14 out of 1,000, according to the study published in the journal BioMedCentral Public Health.

Men were more likely to get gastrointestinal cancers from drinking, while the risk of breast cancer was greatest for women.

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The risk was much higher for both men and women who drink three bottles of wine per week – more than double the recommended amount.

The study found 19 out of 1,000 men and 36 out of 1,000 women would eventually develop cancer if they drank this amount.

This carries the same risk as smoking eight cigarettes a week for men, or 23 a week for women, Dr Hydes and colleagues estimated.

The researchers did not estimate the risk of cancer from drinking beer because they went on units, not type of beverage.

Dr Hydes said: ‘We must be absolutely clear that this study is not saying that drinking alcohol in moderation is in any way equivalent to smoking.

‘Our finds relate to lifetime risk across the population. At an individual level, cancer risk represented by drinking or smoking will vary.

‘And for many individuals, the impact of ten units of alcohol (one bottle of wine) or five to ten cigarettes may be very different.’

Dr Hydes said comparing the risks of alcohol to smoking could encourage adults to cut down on booze.

She said: ‘It is well established that heavy drinking is linked to cancer of the mouth, throat, voice box, gullet, bowel, liver and breast.

‘Yet, in contrast to smoking, this is not widely understood by the public.

‘We hope by using cigarettes as the comparator we could communicate this message more effectively to help individuals make more informed lifestyle choices.’

The researchers used data available from Cancer Research UK and official statistic bodies used by nations in the UK, including ONS.

They were able to analyse what proportion of deaths can be attributed to smoking and alcohol, and then estimate the risk of cancer they both cause.

The NHS advise men and women not to drink more than 14 units a week on a regular basis – such as weekly.

Regularly consuming more than the recommended amount is known to raise the risk of cancer, liver disease and heart disease.

A large glass of wine contains around three units, while a bottle is closer to the 10 mark. A pint of beer is around 2.3.

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Sugary drinks fuel cancer by speeding up tumors growth

Sugar could be fuelling cancer by speeding up the growth of tumours in the body, according to a new study.

Scientists at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York, found that mice consuming high-fructose corn syrup, used in biscuits, ice cream and energy drinks, saw intestinal tumours grow faster.

The amount was said to be the equivalent of people drinking about 12 ounces of a sugary drink a day.

Dr Lewis Cantley, a co-author of the study from Weill Cornell Medicine, said: ‘This observation in animal models might explain why increased consumption of sweet drinks and other foods with high sugar content over the past 30 years is correlating with an increase in colorectal cancers in 25 to 50-year-olds in the United States.’

An understanding of how sugar feeds cancer may also lead to a new approach to treatment, the study’s scientists suggested.

However, some experts have warned that the mechanism had been demonstrated in mice genetically engineered to be prone to cancer, and may not translate into humans.

Michael Skilton from the University of Sydney, who was not involved in the study, told The Times that he was impressed by the research but warned that the findings could not readily be applied to humans.

He said: ‘Irrespective of whether these sweeteners are having a direct effect on tumour development and growth, people wising to reduce their likelihood of developing cancer should limit their intake.’

Lead author Dr. Marcus D. Goncalves said: ‘We were not able to show that giving high-fructose corn syrup causes new tumours because these mice develop tumours even on normal diets free of added sugar.

‘But when you give them this additional sugar, the tumours grow much bigger,’ he added.

The study was published March 22 in the print issue of Science.

– Daily Mail

Gospel artiste Ben Cyco goes bald in support of his sister battling cancer

Kenyan artiste Ben Cyco has shaved his hair to give his younger sister Joy moral support as she battles cancer at only 18.

Talking about it on his girlfriend’s Vlog Ben says that it’s been a bumpy ride.

“My sisters problems started having issues with her menses. She would cramp for weeks and was in pain, not long after that she started loosing so much weight.

Her fingernails and eyes started turning white.”

Ben Cyco's sister Joy Wairuri

She was rushed to the hospital and the first doctor could not establish what the problem was until a biopsy was done and the results revealed she has cancer.

Ben Cyco confessed that it has been sad for both Joy and the family but she is very very hopeful. In fact, she told him that despite the fact that whatever she is going through is tough, she will have a great testimony.

Ben adds that his parents were secretive and they did not tell Joy she was battling cancer.

“Joy asked me one day if she had cancer and I just told her yes. When I told her that she cried and promised me that her testimony is gonna be big.”

Joy is currently in India undergoing chemo and she has lost her hair and her brother Ben has shaved his hair in solidarity with her.

Below are photos of his before and after photos

Ben Cyco

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250 Scientists warn against cancer from wireless tech

Apple’s popular wireless AirPods headphones may pose cancer risks to wearers, according to a United Nations and World Health Organization petition.

Some 250 scientists have signed the petition, which warns against numerous devices that emit radiofrequency radiation, which is used in WiFi, cellular data and Bluetooth.

AirPods in particular are concerning because they sit deeply enough within the ear canal to emit expose these fragile parts of the ear to dangerous among of radiation, some experts warn.

The scientific jury is still out on the whether or not the particular devices an cause cancer, but animal studies on the kind of radiofrequency radiation that they emit has suggested a link to cancer.

And, in some cases, the levels of radiation found to be carcinogenic were significantly lower than the maximum allowed by federal and international guidelines.

Last year, Apple sold 28 million pairs of its tiny, white wireless earbuds. The year before, they sold 16 million pairs. With a new design reportedly on the way, the technology company is set to profit even more on sound.

But the devices could be pumping more than beats into wearers’ heads.

The AirPods wirelessly connect with a phone via Bluetooth, the popular short distance radio communication technology.

Essentially, anything that communicates wirelessly using electromagnetic energy waves of varying types.

Bluetooth operates on one form involving low-power radiowaves.

The most obvious and well-established risk of radiowaves is that, at high levels, they can generate heat and cause burns. Scientists are still working out the effects of long-term exposure to lower-power radiowaves.


Cancer warriors: Prominent Kenyans diagnosed with cancer (List)

Cancer cases have been on the increase in Kenya,the sad fact being that it affects people of all social standings and all ages leaving families in anguish.

Below are prominent Kenyans whom you might not know are battling cancer

1 .Chris Kirubi

City tycoon Chris Kirubi recently joined millions in encouraging those battling with different types of cancer and he tweeted:

“I look forward to a day when this world will be cancer free, Lets beat cancer together”

Kirubi has been battling acute cancer of the colon. He is still under medication even as he fights to regain back his good health.


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2. Bob Collymore

Speaking during a television interview with Jeff Koinange, Collymore divulged that by the time it was diagnosed, doctors told him he had it for 6 months.

“I went to London and they told me I had acute myeloid leukaemia- a rare kind of blood cancer that is curable.”


Bob Collymore

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3. Kenneth Okoth

Kibra MP Kenneth recently opened up about his battle with stage four cancer,The admission came as a shock to many even as millions took their time to wish him good health.

God cannot give you a test that you can’t pass. This I have learnt over the last two years of being sick and adjusting to a “new normal” in my personal and public life,” Okoth said on his facebook wall.

Ken Okoth

4.Nderitu Gachagua

Former Nyeri governor the late Nderitu Gachagua was battling Pancreatic cancer before losing his life while receiving treatment at Royal Marsden Hospital in London.

5. Big Kev

Kevin Ombajo the CEO of Trublaq and former Capital FM employee had been battling brain cancer which left him in and out of hospitals.

Sadly he lost the battle  almost 2 years ago but before his untimely death he had under gone more than 10 surgeries with the last on e leaving him blind .

He was diagnosed with optic atrophy a condition that leaves its sufferers blind after the optic nerves dry up.

Big Kev

6. Anyang Nyongo

In an article dubbed ‘My journey with Prostrate Cancer’, Nyongo narrated how the diagnosis came about adding that receiving the news was not easy.

“In June, last year (2010), although I was not due for my annual medical examination until July 29 that year, I decided to have the check-up a month in advance, as I was not comfortable with the constant rise of the PSA.

The result of the medical exam revealed that the PSA was still rising; hence possibilities of cancer could no longer be ruled out. The doctor ordered a biopsy, which revealed prostate cancer that was rather aggressive in its progression.”

Lupita and Anyang Nyongo

He adds

“The news was, no doubt, not very easy to take. My urologist decided to put me immediately on hormone therapy. This is an injection that drastically reduces the production of testosterone, a male hormone, which acts as a fertilizer for the prostate cancer cells.

When testosterone is removed or drastically reduced, the cancer cells go into shock, and some of them actually die. Hormone therapy is therefore a good emergency measure to stop the growth of the cancer while a more lasting solution is being sought.”

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RIP!!! Majority leader Aden Duale loses his sister to cancer

Aden Duale is in mourning after losing his sister to cancer. The Garissa Township Member of Parliament announced of her death on his Twitter handle.
His sister Arfon Bare Duale has been ill for sometime now.

“Innalilahi wainaillahim raajun, may Allah have mercy on the soul of my sister Arfon Bare Duale after a long illness [cancer].

“O Allah, surely Arfon Bare Duale is under your protection, & in the rope of your security, so save her from the trial of the grave and from the punishment of the fire. You fulfil promises & grant rights, so forgive her & have mercy on her. Surely you are most Forgiving & merciful,Duale tweeted.”

Kenyans and politicians have sent their condolences.

William Kabogo wrote,

“May The Lord God rest her soul in peace.” 

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Baba Otos urged leaders to construct cancer centres.

“My friend, it serves as a reminder that instead of corruption, building hotels and filling stations, cancer screening centres across the country can be better.”

@MKarbat wrote,

My deepest sympathies and condolences to the entire family and relatives, may Allah ease for her and grant her paradise.”

Oliver Mathenge wrote,

” Ndugu, my condolences to you and your family.”

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Else where a wall of a building under construction in Kahawa Wendani collapsed on Tuesday leaving two people injured and the fate of many others unknown.

Two people were rescued and taken to Thika Level 5 Hospital.

In a tweet, Kenya Red Cross Society said it had sent a rescue team to the scene.

More updates expected later.

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Rest with the angels: Journalist Dennis Omondi dies from cancer for lack of bone marrow donor

Journalist Dennis Omondi, who earlier flew to India for cancer treatment, died at KNH in Nairobi on Friday afternoon.

The 31-year-old West Media photojournalist first visited doctors in December 2017 following spells of dizziness and weakness.

He was initially treated for malaria but there was no improvement so he sought other opinions.

Omondi visited Kenya Medical Association in January and saw Dr Walter Mwanda who decided to do a bone marrow test.

A 20-minute test confirmed he had acute leukemia and led to his admission at Kenyatta National Hospital.

The father of two underwent several blood transfusions before flying to Apollo Hospital in India in February.

He raised Sh6.5 million through donations and underwent chemotherapy at Apollo but did not find a bone marrow donor. Tests on his brothers found they were not matches.

Omondi returned to Kenya in June when he was readmitted at KNH.

His body was taken to the facility’s mortuary.


How much booze do you drink per week?

People who enjoy the occasional tipple are less likely to suffer a premature death than abstainers, research suggests.

According to Daily Mail, mortality rates are lowest in light drinkers, who have an average of up to three pints of beer or glass of wine a week across their lifetime.

The risk soars 20 per cent for very heavy drinkers who indulge in the same amount of booze – but on a daily basis, scientists at Queen’s University Belfast found.


And there is a seven per cent higher chance of an early death or being diagnosed with cancer for those who have never even touched alcohol.

 The scientists have now revealed the exact risk of dying early or developing cancer for men and women in eight different brackets of drinkers.

Current UK guidelines advise a maximum of 14 units of alcohol a week – six pints of average strength beer or seven medium sized glasses of wine.


Dr Andrew Kunzmann, lead author, said: ‘Previous studies have consistently found light to moderate drinkers live longer than lifetime teetotallers.

‘The evidence from cancer research gives a different impression – even light to moderate alcohol consumption is linked with an increased risk of cancer.

‘These differences have led to confusing public health messages about the health impacts of light to moderate alcohol consumption and what counts as drinking in moderation.’

Dr Kunzmann hopes the findings, based on almost 100,000 adults and published in the journal PLOS Medicine, will provide a clearer message.


Robust evidence 

He added: ‘Drinking alcohol is a personal choice and it is not our aim to tell people whether they can or can’t drink.

‘The aim of this study is to provide robust evidence so that people can make informed, healthy decisions about their alcohol intake.’

But he urged caution in the findings, as the reason why light drinkers have a lower risk of cancer or early death is still hotly contested.

Dr Kunzmann said: ‘It has been suggested light drinking may have beneficial effects on heart health, though this has not yet been proven.

‘Light drinkers may also be at a lower risk of premature death as they tend to be wealthier, so may have better access to healthcare and may follow other healthier lifestyle behaviours, such as being more physically active.’We feel it would be inappropriate to recommend teetotallers to start drinking based on these results given the uncertainty.’

NEVER Didn’t consume alcohol 5% 9% 7%
INFREQUENT 0-1 drinks each week 5% 11% 8%
LIGHT 1-3 drinks each week N/A N/A N/A
SOMEWHAT LIGHT 3-5 drinks each week -3% 4% 0%
LIGHT-MODERATE 5-7 drinks each week 3% 9% 5%
MODERATE 1-2 drinks each day 0% 10% 2%
HEAVY 2-3 drinks each day 9% 13% 10%
VERY HEAVY 3 or more drinks each day 19% 46% 21%

How was the study carried out? 

Health survey data on 99,654 adults, who were aged between 55 and 74, in the US was examined. They were followed for an average of nine years.

Participants had completed a dietary survey with questions on their alcohol intake at various stages of their life. Their answers were averaged out.

For the purpose of the study, researchers separated the volunteers into eight groups, based on how much alcohol they consumed – from never to heavy drinkers.


What did they find? 

Very heavy drinkers (three or more drinks each day) had the highest risk of dying early or developing cancer at 21 per cent.

This group were followed by heavy drinkers (two to three drinks each day), who were 10 per cent more likely to die young or get cancer.

Infrequent drinkers (one drink each week) had an eight per cent higher risk, while it was calculated to be seven for per cent for abstainers.

There was no extra risk of cancer or dying prematurely for somewhat light drinkers (between three and five drinks each week).

However, light moderate drinkers (five to seven drinks each week) and moderate drinkers (one to two drinks each day) faced slightly higher odds.

The study, which accounted for other known risk factors, such as smoking and diet, is one of the first to look at average lifetime alcohol intakes.

Bizarre cocktail of Viagra and flu vaccine could be used to treat cancer in future

A combination of Viagra and a flu vaccine could treat cancer, surprising new research suggests.

The unconventional strategy invigorates the immune system to attack tumor cells left lingering after surgery, when the body is vulnerable.

Testing the method in mice with lung cancer, Canadian researchers saw a 90 percent reduction in the spread of the disease.

The study was such a success that 24 human stomach cancer patients will now test the combination in a clinical trial that could pave the way to it being approved.

Normally, immune cells called natural killer cells play a major role in killing metastatic cancer cells.

But surgery causes another kind of immune cell, called a myeloid derived suppressor cell (MDSC), to block the NK cells.

Dr Rebecca Auer’s team at the University of Ottawa has found that erectile dysfunction drugs block these suppressor cells, which allows the natural killer cells to do their cancer-fighting job.

The flu vaccine works to further stimulates the natural killer cells.

‘Surgery is very effective in removing solid tumours,’ said senior author Dr Auer, surgical oncologist and head of cancer research at The Ottawa Hospital.

‘However, we’re now realizing that, tragically, surgery can also suppress the immune system in a way that makes it easier for any remaining cancer cells to persist and spread to other organs.

‘Our research suggests that combining erectile dysfunction drugs with the flu vaccine may be able to block this phenomenon and help prevent cancer from coming back after surgery.’

The current study investigated sildenafil (Viagra), tadalafil (Cialis) and an inactivated influenza vaccine (Agriflu) in a mouse model that mimics the spread of cancer (metastasis) after surgery.

Dr Auer is now leading the first clinical trial in the world of an erectile dysfunction drug (tadalafil) and the flu vaccine in people with cancer.


She Was Diagnosed With Cancer Only A Few Days To Her Death

When she visited her GP complaining of stomach pain and bloating, Kayleigh Donnelly was sent home with reassurances that she just had tummy trouble.

But as her symptoms failed to subside, her mother knew something was seriously wrong with her daughter. And she was right.

At just 13 -ears-old, Kayleigh had developed ovarian cancer – one of the youngest cases ever diagnosed – and was just days from death.

It was only when she was taken to A&E that doctors finally discovered a 12-inch tumour weighing a staggering 7lb. The cancer had already spread to her liver, spleen, bowel and pelvis.

Her mother Lorraine, 38, said: ‘The doctors told me that if I hadn’t taken her to A&E when I did then she wouldn’t be here today.’ After several operations and chemotherapy, Kayleigh is in remission from the disease, which usually affects women in their 50s.

Mrs Donnelly, from Lancaster, said: ‘We feel lucky that she has survived, but she has been incredibly unlucky to get such a rare cancer like this.’

Kayleigh, who has six brothers and sisters, started developing symptoms in January 2016. Mrs Donnelly said: ‘She hadn’t been to the toilet in weeks and she was feeling poorly. So I took her to the doctor who said she was constipated and gave us some laxatives to take home.

Woman unhappy with their breasts less likely to check them for cancer – Study

Women who are unhappy with the size of their breasts are less likely to check them for any cancerous lumps, new research suggests.

And scientists found those who are conscious their breasts are too small or large are less likely to visit a doctor straight away if they do find one.

The findings, made by researchers at Anglia Ruskin University, suggest initiatives to boost self-examinations for breast cancer aren’t working.

Some consider checking for cancer ‘a threat to their body image’, psychologists concluded after surveying 384 British women.

Some 31 per cent admitted they wanted smaller breasts, while 44 per cent said they would prefer them if they were larger.

A third of these revealed they rarely, or never, checked their breasts for cancer – despite recommendations from the NHS.

Professor Viren Swami, author the study published in the Body Image journal, said women need to be encouraged to love the shape of their breasts.

He suggested doing so would be life-saving because it would allow doctors to spot cancer earlier, making the disease more treatable.

Figures show more than 50,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year in Britain. In the US, it is in the region of 250,000.

It is estimated one in eight women will develop the disease at some point in their lives – making it the most common form of cancer among females.

Professor Swami said: ‘Our findings suggest that greater breast size dissatisfaction is significantly associated with less frequent breast self-examination.

‘For women who are dissatisfied with their breast size, having to inspect their breasts may be experienced as a threat to their body image.

‘Breast size dissatisfaction may also activate negative self-conscious emotions, such as shame and embarrassment, that results in avoiding breast self-examination.’

More than half of women in the study said they would visit their doctor immediately if they detected a change in their breasts during an examination.

But one in ten revealed they would delay seeing their GP for as long as possible – or completely avoid booking an appointment.

Experts recommend women check their breasts regularly for any unusual changes so the disease can be spotted early, increasing the success of treatment.

The NHS also encourages women to learn what their breasts look and feel like so an abnormal changes can be spotted early and examined by a doctor.

Professor Swami added: ‘Promoting greater breast size satisfaction may be a means of empowering women to incorporate breast self-examinations.

‘And promoting greater breast awareness may be a useful means of helping women view their breasts in more functional terms, rather than purely aesthetic terms.’


Thick mass: A sudden thickening of the breast tissue can be a sign of a serious underlying condition such as lobular or inflammatory breast cancer

Indentation: Some people notice a dip, or dent, in the breast. This can be because the cancer is tethered to the breast tissue and so pulls it inwards

Skin erosion: In rare cases cancer that is growing under the skin can break through and create a wound

Heat or redness: If the breast feels warm to touch or there’s redness one-third of the breast, it can be a sign of inflammatory breast cancer

New fluid: Spontaneous nipple discharge on one side, which may be blood stained, brown or clear, might mean there is something in the breast that is causing irritation

Dimpling: Dimpled skin is a common sign of inflammatory breast cancer

Bump: A localised swelling, bulge or bump on the breast should always be investigated

Growing vein: Changes such as dilated veins can be a sign that cancer is blocking a blood vessel

Retracted nipple: Developing an inverted nipple – i.e. not being born with one – which can’t be drawn out, may suggest a lump behind the nipple is pulling it in.

New shape or size: Any change in shape or size not associated with the menstrual cycle should be investigated

Orange peel skin: Skin that has ridges or appears pitted, like the skin of an orange, can be caused by a build up of fluid in the breast

Invisible lump: Even there are many other symptoms, it’s crucial to always check your breasts for lumps. A cancerous lump often feels hard and immovable like a lemon seed

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