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30 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, February 28- March 6, 1997 Cancer Watch Does selenium offer a cure fear deadly cancers? By Susan Silberstein Over the last ten years, doctors from several medical centers teamed up to discover whether a diet enriched with the element se- lenium would prevent skin cancer. It did not. Had that been their sole interest, they might have declared the ef- fort a flop, but the researchers also tallied the other cancers that sub- sequently afflicted their volun- teers - and drew a surprising con- clusion. The group that had swallowed daily selenium supplements had lower rates of several other can- cers, including cancer of the lung, colon, rectum, and prostate, com- pared with controls. Moreover, se- lenium cut the combined death rate from these cancers by 50 per- cent. The research was prompted by two smaller studies showing that people with low blood concentra- tions of selenium are more likely than average to develop skin can- cer. A third study found that U.S. counties where diets are naturally rich in selenium report lower death rates from a variety of can- cers than those where dietary sele- nium is scarce. Intrigued by these findings, a team of researchers examined the effect of adding 200 micrograms of selenium daily - triple the U.S. recommended allowance but well below the toxic dose - to the diets of people with skin cancer. The 1,312 volunteers were pa- tients some time between 1983 and 1991 at several der- matology clin- ics in low-se- lenium areas of country. For 4.5 years, one group took selenium SILBERSTEIN and the other was given a placebo. The research team tracked the groups' progress for an additional six years. By last January, approximately the same number of new cancers had emerged in the two groups. However, the nearly 200 other new cancers followed a strikingly different pattern. The selenium group had 63 per- cent fewer prostate cancers, 58 percent fewer colorectal cancers and 46 percent fewer lung cancers than the placebo group. The relationship between sele- nium and cancer had been sug- gested for some time, primarily through its ability to enhance nat- ural killer cell activity and stimu- late T-lymphocyte response. In addition to cancers of the colon, rectum, prostate and lung, low levels of selenium consump- tion have also been associated with breast and ovarian cancer as well. The results of the latest study, reported in the Dec. 25, 1996 "Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), convinced the researchers to urge people to take selenium. Nonetheless, Gra- ham Colditz of Harvard Medical School cautioned in a JAMA edi- torial that doctors should confirm the results in further studies be- fore urging widespread use of se- lenium supplements. Actually, we at the center tend to agree and recommend con- sumption of selenium through or- ganic whole food sources rather than from inorganic supplements. Excellent sources of selenium are Weekend food class for cancer prevention and control set for March 7 through 9 The Center for Advancement in demo, which will include topics $70 for all three days. Advanced Cancer Education w, ill present a including wheat grass, rejuvelac, registration is" required. three-part series on 'Food Prepa- energy soup, seed cheese, veggie The instructors for these popu- radon for Cancer Prevention and Control" on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 7-9. Part I, Nutrition Theory is a three-hour course scheduled for Friday, March 7, which covers topics such as acid-alkaline bal- ance, food enzymes, foods to avoid, foods for immunity, food combining and toxicity reactions. This class is a pre-requisite for Part II, Beginner's Kitchen Demo, a three-hour course which will be held Saturday, March 8. This course will discuss raw vegetable juices, thermos cooked grains, seed/nut milks, salad dressings, sprouting and healthful desserts. The final course, Part III, will be a three-hour advanced kitchen STRENGTH TRAINING IMPROVES CONDITION Sensible strength training has the potential to improve our physical capacity, increase our metabolic function, enhance our personal ap- pearance and reduce our risk of in- jury. Submitted by the YMCA of Rehobotlt Beach For more information, call 227-8018 kraut and indoor gardening. Part I will be held at 300 Lan- caster Ave., #100, Wynnewood, Pa., and Parts II and III will be held at 1291 Wisteria Drive in Malvern, Pa. The scheduled times for all three classes will be from noon to 3 p.m. The fee is $25 for one day or lar courses are Susan Silberstein, Ph.D., center director; and Loreta Vainius, M.A., nutritional consul- rant. Audio tapes ($29 postpaid), video tapes ($80 postpaid) and ac- companying literature ($11.95) are available. For more information, call (610) 642-4810. FREE ANONYMOUS HIV TESTS -- WALK-INS WELCOME -- -- APPOINTMENT NOT REQUIRED Excellent sources of selenium are fresh fish like tuna, trout, red snapper and sardines; freshly cut whole grains like wheat berries, oat groats, flaxseed and barley and selenium-enriched yeast. Sources: Science News, Vol. 151, Jan. 4, 1997 Sparando J: Scientific Relation- ships Between Diet and Cancer Survival. Comprehensive Nutri- tional News, 1993. Have you had your hearing checked recently? Now is a good time to come in for a free hearing test and hearing aid check.up. HEARING AID ASSOCIATES 934-1471 Millsboro - 2 miles N. of Rt. 24 on Fit. 30 " 6 miles S. of Rt. 9 on Rt. 30 ASSOCIATES IN MEDICINE, P.A. "Quality Internal Medicine" NANCY A. UNION, M.D. PHIL STEIN, M.D., Ph.D. Internal Medicine Internal Medicine 13 Years Experience Johns Hopkins Trained Private Practice in Lewes . 645-6644 . 119 W. Third St., Lewes, DE Hours: Men. -Fri. by appointment. 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