Jacobs Journal of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine

Inhibition of Inflammation: A Preventive Approach to Cancer and Other Diseases of Old Age

Published on: 2018-03-30

Abstract

Cancer is an extremely complex family of related diseasesand defies any easy generalizations. Much evidence pointsto the fact that persistent inflammation within the variousorgans of the body at the cellular-tissue level is the initialevent that leads to a cascade of biochemical transformationsthat constitute the initiation of not only cancer but also ofmany other diseases of the old age, such as cardio-vasculardiseases, arthritis, Alzheimer’s and other neuro-degenerative phenomena. As pointed out recently [1], the connectionbetween cancer and inflammation is strongly suggested byseveral lines of evidence [2,3] even though, paradoxically,epidemiological evidence tends to contradict such arelationship.

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