Cancer & Blood Type
by Jason Mallia ND - Integrative Naturopath
So what is the Mainstream Understanding of cancer?
Cancer is a general term for a group of diseases characterized by abnormal growth and the spread of aberrant or abnormal cells.
Cancer is a disease which affects the cells of the body. In a healthy body normally the cells multiply in a systematically and orderly fashion, however cancer occurs when mistakes happen while the body is making new cells. They then begin to spread in an abnormally out of control fashion.
The term cancer represents over 100 different diseases including malignant tumors, leukemia (cancer of the white blood cells) sarcoma of the bones Hodgkin’s and Non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (both of with affect the lymph nodes)
So how are cancerous cells produced and spread?
Cancerous cells spread by dividing and travel via the blood and lymphatic systems of the body
As aberrant cells grow and divide a mass of these accumulate form and produce a tumor or lumpy tissue.
In some forms of cancer such as Leukemia tumors are not formed however the aberrant cells affect the function of blood cells and circulate around the body.
Tumors are classified in two categories, Benign and Malignant.
Benign tumors are a masses of aberrant cells that do not spread into other areas of the body these are not true cancers.
Malignant cancers on the other hand can spread beyond the original tumor site .
It is therefore the behavior of these tumors that determines whether or not they are cancers.
Malignant cancerous cells in their behavior can break free of their original location in the tumors and spread into the blood stream or the lymphatic system of the body and also lodge themselves into other body parts such as organs. When this occurs the metastastatic affect has created a secondary cancer which then can cause further metastasis. This more aggressive progression causes the areas of infection to decrease in function of the cells from working properly and death may insure
Cause of cancer according to Mainstream Belief
In Australia the Cancer Councils states that there a many unknown reasons for the cause of cancer, however certain factors have been isolated that cause cells to behave aberrantly or abnormally, they include;
And biological agents
These substances cause cell mutation in the body and are collectively known carcinogens.
Carcinogens include substances such as tobacco, ultraviolet radiation and asbestos.
New carcinogens are now becoming apparent these include cell phones and viruses
1 in 8 cancers and 1 on 5 cancer deaths are as a result of smoking.
Excess alcohol consumption is said to be responsible for 1% of cancers.
Dietary factors have been also linked to the cause of cancer, as to are infectious agents very few are attributed to poor genes.
The cancer council also states that stress it thought to contribute to stress however there is no solid evidence to support this theory. Cancer affects approximately 1.22 million people in the US today and around 552,200 are expected to die each year.
The annual cost of cancer is in the US is estimated at 107 Billion dollars per year
The Cancer Warning Signs
A change in bowel movements
Poor wound healing
Unexplained bleeding or discharge
Lumps in the breast or other parts of the body
Poor digestion , difficulty swallowing
Changes in warts and moles
Chronic coughing and hoarseness of voice
Blood Types Understanding of cancer
Blood Type science utilizes the very best of mainstream science and adds another dimension to the understanding of cancer, it help us understand the differences amongst blood types and helps us gauge ones susceptibility or risk potential more specifically.
The main determining factor differences in our immunity and how it identifies and deals with cancerous cells according to our blood type.
Mainstream understanding is that carcinogens are responsible however blood type science is enabling us to understand why people with particular blood types have potentials for immune issues and why they are susceptible.
According to blood type science it is the chemical markers on the cells of our body that determines our susceptibility to cancer, these marker are called antigens.
Antigens are sugar molecules which determine the type of immune response we have and control our reaction to the outside world.
Substances we may react to include,
viruses, bacteria, parasites, infectious substances, chemicals, stress , food chemicals and any invading substance that is capable of causing disease and decreasing immunity.
These blood type specific antigens vary according to blood type and therefore cancers affect each type differently.
Normally the cells in our body are differentiated and have specialized functions to perform in different parts of the body for example fat cells look a certain way and behave like fat cells as do muscle cells the body goes to great lengths to keep these cells differentiated.
When cells however change and operate like other cells of the body , dysfunction occurs , this dysfunction can lead to malignant cell growth and cancer.
These cells are called indifferentated as they do not have any consistency cells.
These indifferentiated cells make it difficult for the antibodies of our immune system to mark them and to fight them because of their changing nature . .
Blood Type antigens which reside on our cells have an intimate relationship with the way our body keeps cells differentiated.
Due to poor lifestyle and diet our blood type antigens can be lost enabling tumor cells to an opportunity to move a circulate around the body.
Another Blood Type link is the consistency of our blood.
The thickness of our blood is also an important factor it plays a part in determining how quickly cancers can spread.
It is well documented that blood type A have thicker blood due to a higher level of clotting factors (von wille brandfactor and fibrinogen to name just two) . This means when platelets form in the blood that cancer cells can hitch a ride and spread more readily. Research has shown that in individuals with metastasis show a high level of von willebrand factor and factor v111 way above the normal ranges.
As a result the newer mainstream treatment of cancer now includes blood thinning drugs to prevent further spread and metastasis. Studies are showing some reduction of the spread due to this approach.
So which blood types are more associated with cancer?
Most data that exists in regards to frequency of cancers in certain blood type are based mainly on statistics. I.e. collecting data from hospitals and joining the dots.
This data unfortunately does not give us solid scientific evidence, however it is important to make a note of these consistencies. According to the findings they seem to suggest that Blood type antigens do play a role in cancer.
Current research is focusing on the ABO antigens in the field of oncology as antigens play an important role in cells maturation and control .One key finding is associated with the loss and gain of blood type antigens in malignant cancers.
Generally most Cancers are associated with Blood Type A and AB and are less associated with blood type B and O.
The reason for this is that tumors antigens have a similarity to Blood Type A antigens. Due to this similarity person with blood type A do not fight cancers as aggressively because of the similarity of self antigens and the tumor antigens.
Other blood types B and O do not have this similarity and thus are more protected in some forms of cancer. These blood types produce a better level of protection due to them having antibodies to A like tumor antigens. For them attacking a substance that does not look like self antigens provides the protection.
Therefore findings suggest that differences in blood type antigens make one more or less susceptible to various cancers.
Studies have also shown that Blood Group A have a higher level of P53 a tumor suppressor gene which is usually high due to its action on tumors which can become prominent as result of cancer.
As mentioned earlier blood thickness influences the spread of cancers, Blood type A and AB are at higher risk as they have a naturally higher level of von willebrand clotting factors.
Cancers are shown therefore to spread much quicker in these types.
Blood Type O and B have similarly thin blood which offers further protection against cancer.
This doesn't mean that you will get cancer, if you are a Blood Type A person, it just adds another factor to the possibilities why someone gets cancer.. and therefore you can help yourself by living a health lifestyle ...
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Article by: Jason Mallia ND
Disclaimer - Any general advice given in any article should not be relied upon and should not be taken as a substitute for visiting a qualified medical Doctor.