Moondust Cosmetics® is associated with the unique flagship formulation of Skin Protector Plus (SPP) in the suncare field. The protectant is designed to prevent damaging burns in sun sensitive people or those concerned about skin cancer in the family. See how in the Human Sunburn Cycle. SPP was developed by founder and primary researcher, Dr. Moondust. As a cancer biologist, she shares her research and critical notes on cancer. Today’s post supplements comments she made on cancers in her recent podcast on Climate-Change Wildfires & Air Pollution
Read on for her additional notes during this Breast Cancer Awareness Month and how the extended wildfire season impacts our health and cancer. For the full transcript of her podcast and to understand the larger picture click here.
In the past, it has been maintained that there is no definitive link between polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) compounds (which are found in smoke from biomass fuel and wildfires, cigarette smoke, and air pollution) and human breast cancer.
Multiple experiments have revealed that PAHs including BaP [Benzo (a) pyrene] induce mammary neoplasms in animals.
A number of recent epidemiological studies also challenge this traditional view:
A large Canadian study found that increased risk of breast cancer was most strongly associated with prolonged duration at high occupational PAH exposure among women with a family history of breast cancer.
In another significant American study, certain PAH sources including ingestion of grilled/smoked meat and indoor smoke exposure (cigarettes and stove/fireplace use) were associated with a 30-50% increase in breast cancer incidence.
BaP has been demonstrated to stimulate p53 expression and apoptosis in a human breast carcinoma cell line.
Furthermore, there is some evidence that PAH exposure (mainly BaP) may be associated with specific breast tumor p53 mutations; p53 is a gene that functions in the activation of cell death, and, mutations that inactivate it may lead to the inappropriate survival of damaged or transformed cells in a two-step cancer model.
Finally, WHO Europe has concluded from such studies that positive associations have been reported between ambient PAHs and breast cancer, childhood cancers and lung cancer. The report to the World Health Organization on this topic can be found here.
Please take care in the sun in all seasons, and in the air especially during wildfire season.
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Please take care in the sun in all seasons, and in the air especially during wildfire season. Remember that along with sunburn protection the Moondust special SPP formulation with zinc can help protect your skin from environmental damage as a result of smoke pollution.
If you follow the research emerging on this, you’ll read that zinc increases the levels of an enzyme that detoxifies smoke PAHs in certain cell types; at the very least, what has been shows so far is that it forms a protective layer on your skin against the smoke and prevents rashes.
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