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Could the common cold cure cancer ?

Posted on Tuesday, 24 April, 2012 | Comment icon 17 comments | News tip by: DKO

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By Offeiriad, Staff News Writer

Australian scientists are exploring the idea that exposure to certain viruses can cure other illnesses.

The idea isn't a new one, the ancient Greek physician Hippocrates is credited with saying "give me the power to create a fever and I shall cure any disease." There have been recorded cases over the last century in which cancer patients have gone in to spontaneous remission after contracting certain viruses, so again we see something not entirely outside the realm of possibility. A cold or the flu isn't the only virus that has "cured" cancer either, one boy in Uganda is believed to have recovered from Burkitt's lymphoma after being exposed to the measles.

How accurate are these claims ? Scientists at one biotechnology firm in Australia believe it's worth investigating. "Even though a lot of the cases seemed anecdotal, there was something in it," said Professor Darren Shafren. "This phenomenon has always been there but with the latest tools and technologies we have, we can match the right virus with the right cancer."

"Australian scientists are leading a global charge to combat one of the world's worst killers with a surprising secret weapon - the common cold."

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Comment icon #8 Posted by FurthurBB on 24 April, 2012, 23:02
People live longer and there has not been a 2000% increase from the 40s. Rare cancers are rare by convention. Lung cancer was the most common cancer at the turn of the 20th century and it is still the most common cancer. What early stages are you talking about? Cancer is basically reversible by your own immune system when it is just a couple of cells. Also, cancer is never benign.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Simbi Laveau on 25 April, 2012, 0:14
Prostate cancer is more common than lung cancer,and there are many cures for cancer . People who are smart enough to not listen to the big pharm stock owning MDs ,all teaching medical school ,live lives lot longer than the people who go to the people who were lectured by those same big pharm stock owning MDs,who can't do,but "teach". *titters* The instance of cancer has increased exponentially over the last 70 years,but the lovely medical community LIES about it,and claims the numbers are going down,so the sheeple are all lulled into a false sense of adoration for their doctors,w... [More]
Comment icon #10 Posted by Karlis on 25 April, 2012, 4:45
Simbi Laveau, when one makes such a sweeping statement, one should quote source/s to support their opinion. Your above statement may be mistaken, going by the following: Question: What Is the Most Common Cancer in the U.S.? Answer: ... The most common cause of cancer deaths in both men and women, in the United States and worldwide, is lung cancer. It was estimated that in 2010 there would be 220,000 new cases of lung cancer diagnosed in the United States. This is followed by (217,730 cases), ... ... In men, is the most common form of cancer diagnosed, but roughly 3 times as many men die ... [More]
Comment icon #11 Posted by Simbi Laveau on 25 April, 2012, 5:16
It depends upon who's data you look at,so putting proof,is redundant,as for every link I post saying it's prostate cancer,there will be a link saying it's lung cancer. As some say prostate is first,and some say lung,but the data I looked at,from few sources, prostate surpassed lung by 1000s,irregardless of sex,color or creed.As it all changes depending upon which demographic or sex,you choose to look at. Black cancer instances,are completely reversed from whites,depending upon where you look. I tend to not believe anything from a website that has .gov at the end of it. These shee... [More]
Comment icon #12 Posted by Karlis on 25 April, 2012, 5:37
That said -- the topic of the OP is "oncolytic virotherapy." -- "Could the common cold cure cancer?"
Comment icon #13 Posted by Rlyeh on 25 April, 2012, 6:26
Ofcourse scammers should be jailed. I can understand why you're concerned.
Comment icon #14 Posted by FurthurBB on 25 April, 2012, 13:23
Wow! I am always so surprised by how little you know about medical issues. I never said it was not increasing. It will keep increasing as long as people keep living longer until we find a dependable treatment or prevention, cure is not really the right word. I am sure that your disdain for anyone smarter or more educated than you will serve you well in your lifetime.
Comment icon #15 Posted by catfishyeah on 30 April, 2012, 19:00
Over in my area, there have been about 60% of the hospital's patients that spontaneously contract cancer. There was this factory that coated wood in Creosote that got shut down. I believe that due to the fact that a little bit of the chemicals are seeping into the water, are the reason for the increase in cancer mutation in our cells. But what doesn't cause cancer these days?
Comment icon #16 Posted by The Unseen on 2 May, 2012, 6:11
Yep thats all you need,One viris to kill another,like yeah thats going to work,next thing ya know we could not only catch a cold but a cold that also gives you cancer.Why do these Idiot scientist do crap that kills.I'd like to give them a taste of their own so called Medicin.One day these Idiots are going to kill us all.

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