New research has discovered a strong link between cancer and infections. The study took place at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore.
A family of bacteria called Mycoplasmas was the focus of this study.
Mycoplasmas are “free-living microorganisms” that are very tiny. They each have a protein in them called DnaK.
The researchers found this protein has a hand when it comes to cancer
When a cell in the body is damaged, this DnaK protein can disrupt and interfere with the cells’ ability to repair DNA. And damaged DNA is known to cause cancer. On top of that, this protein can also weaken certain anticancer drugs that are designed to help you fight cancer.
Now I don’t want you to be afraid of bacteria. But still, it can’t hurt to take precautions so here are my prescriptions:
- Get vaccinated. Vaccines are your best line of defense when it comes to certain diseases and protection against infections.
- Wash your hand often for 20 seconds. It’s the simplest and easiest way to protect yourself.
- Keep your hands and fingers out of your mouth, nose, and eyes. Germs can too easily transfer into your body this way.
- Don’t share items that can’t be washed or disinfected between uses like toothbrushes or razors. Also, don’t share cutlery and dishes, wash between uses.
Now, most bacteria are harmless. And some we actually need when it comes to things like breaking down food in our gut and getting more nutrition out of the foods we eat.
Lastly, it’s important to keep in mind that most of us have remarkable immunity to bacteria. And it’s only certain bacteria that’s been linked to cancer.
Did you know that researchers say nearly half of all cancer is preventable? Learn more here.