A confirmed connection between Fusobacterium and the onset of colorectal cancer would mark the first time any microorganism has been found to play a role in this type of cancer, which is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States.
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The two independent teams found a potential association between colon cancer and a microorganism after they identified that Fusobacterium, a single genus of bacteria, was found more often in colon cancer tissue compared to normal tissue.
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Also of interest, Ginger root supplements may be worth investigating as a potential strategy for colon cancer prevention, according to a phase II study published in the 11 October issue of Cancer Prevention Research. Researchers from the University of Michigan Medical School and colleagues, found that ginger root supplement reduced levels of prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) and other biomarkers of colon inflammation in a select group of patients.
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”Fusobacterium nucleatum infection is prevalent in human colorectal carcinoma.”
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