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  • #21449
    cohanja
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    http://health.usnews.com/health-news/news/articles/2013/07/15/cancer-chemo-may-lower-alzheimers-risk-study-suggests

    However, melanoma, prostate cancer and colorectal cancers were not found to have any protective relationship regarding Alzheimer’s risk

    maybe cause chemo isn’t used a lot for melanoma?

    #61808
    Catherine Poole
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    This just doesn’t make sense to me. Maybe it is because they don’t have longevity? I’ve never known chemo (? what kind) to be protective of the brain. It can’t reach the brain due to the blood/brain barrier.

    #61809
    cohanja
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    “What’s more, such risk reduction could not be explained by the premature death of cancer patients, the study authors said.”

    #61810
    Catherine Poole
    Keymaster

    Well I wouldn’t rush out there and take chemo to protect yourself from alzheimers!

    #61811
    wpatterson4
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    The older I become, the more skeptical I get, at least as it pertains to scientific studies and theorizing.

    Here’s one article I CAN believe in:

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203764804577059841672541590.html

    OT, but I love it when a respectable magazine or newspaper presents some wild speculation of one scientist as something written in stone, the writers and editors knowing full well that words like “hypothesis” will be disregarded by the readers. After all, if a scientist says it, it must be true. Perhaps it would give a little more perspective to add the phrase “completely unfounded.”

    #61812
    Catherine Poole
    Keymaster

    I totally agree. One that is talked about among the scientific community is the TIL study at NCI. None of the outlying centers, MDA or Moffitt can reproduce the results. And these flakey studies that report preposterous things, I just don’t know what to think, but here is a free version of the article I think: http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2013-05/half-cancer-scientists-have-been-unable-reproduce-studies-survey-finds

    #61813
    HoolieB
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    Let us not forget that 43.7% of statistics are made up on the spot: http://factcheck.gullible.info/discussion/114/473-of-all-statistics-are-made-up-on-the-spot/

    8-)

    #61814
    cohanja
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    What are we to make of this? Then what is real? Are survival stats real? Are prognosis stats real?

    #61815
    HoolieB
    Participant

    cohanja wrote:

    What are we to make of this? Then what is real? Are survival stats real? Are prognosis stats real?

    I would hope that you would make nothing of this. When trying to figure out — statistically — how long you might have to live, don’t forget to actually live.

    :)

    #61816
    wpatterson4
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    cohanja wrote:

    What are we to make of this? Then what is real? Are survival stats real? Are prognosis stats real?

    I’d say that prognosis by stage has been studied enough to be believable by now. Look at the number of patients involved in the creation of the 2009 melanoma staging system:

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2793035/

    Now look at the number of subjects involved in this grand study:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/28/diet-soda-teeth-similar-to-meth-photos_n_3348158.html

    In case you missed it, there were only three. This “study” generated a lot of noise, though. I’m sure there are more than three MIF regulars (and I’m one of them) who can tell you that a decade or two of diet soda will not give someone meth mouth, even if it is unhealthy.

    #61817
    wpatterson4
    Participant

    That’s right, Hoolie, and to quote Brian Fantana, “sixty percent of the time, it works EVERY time….”

    #61818
    casey188
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    I don’t post here much these days, but Wpatterson4 I have to tell you, I love reading your posts. Much like you, I choose to utilize sarcastic humor when dealing with all things melanoma. This was not always the case. Took me many months to get to a place of acceptance. My diagnosis was May 2010 with an in situ or early stage 1, depending on which opinion I choose to believe. But life is so unpredictable that I can’t waste one more minute worrying about statistics. It is what it is. The rather significant scar and dent on my upper arm are all the proof I need that the melanoma is gone forever. This is the first summer that I am comfortable being in the sun (with a full suit of zinc oxide armour and lots of UPF clothing). Think of how few wrinkles we will have when we are 70! There is always an upside. :) :)

    #61819
    wpatterson4
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    Thanks, Casey. I’m glad to hear that your anxiety has lessened a little bit since your diagnosis. Mine has, too.

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