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MYTH-BUSTED! Sharks DO Get Cancer

The long-held widely circulated belief that sharks do not get cancer will not sink, despite the fact that marine biologists have known that sharks do get cancer first noted at least 150 years ago! This latest shark cancer discovery was noted in Scientific American just days ago, and is the first case of a Great White Shark with cancer.

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Triaenodon obesus,NOAA
Photo:Wikimedia Commons,Public Domain

Don’t Get Suckered By The Shark Tale! Sharks DO Get Cancer

A tumor on the mouth of a Great White shark was noted by researchers as the first of the Great White species to be documented , now totaling 23 species of sharks that have been diagnosed with confirmed cases of cancer. Researchers discovered a hard to miss tumor measuring 1 foot by 1 foot on the head of a Bronze Whaler Shark, also added to the shark species cancer cases archive, published in the November issue of the Journal of Fish Diseases (Wiley Online Library).

The urban myth that sharks don’t get cancer has largely been fueled in part by the homeopathic health industries who swear by a shark cartilage regimen to reduce the chances of getting cancer. While that fact has been widely disproved by the medical community it is loosely based on misleading (not erroneous) scientific information.

The lack of documented research to dispute the cancer prevention claims is part of the problem, along with the rarity of cancer in sharks. Of the 1,168 species of sharks in our oceans, now 23 species have been found to get cancer or have cancerous tumor growths. Since the Great White shark with cancer is the first documented case, many believe the increases are related to pollutants in our oceans.

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Photo:By NOAA [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

 Fishing for sharks, both legal and illegal is rising to threatening levels for many shark species, which are pieced out for their most valuable parts (fins and cartilage), the rest is discarded back into the ocean. Unlike with dolphins who are considerably “cuter” than sharks, the public outrage for illegal fishing practices has been virtually silent.

Also noted in this study were the rising levels of documented cancers in all marine mammals over the last two decades, reporting that in fact, cancer is the second leading cause of death in whales.

About Tonya O'Dell

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    Dinosaurs, Ferromagnetic Cancer Theory and Father of Oncology. Dinosaurs and
    other reptiles roamed the Earth in the past. Many dinosaurs had cancer,
    researchers have discovered. Ancient humans could have contracted cancer just
    as much as people do today. Humans kill about 100 million sharks per year. Researchers
    have known for more than 150 years that sharks get cancer. There is no
    scientific evidence that shark cartilage is useful in treating or preventing
    cancer. Cancers have been found in everything from coral to budgerigars. The
    interaction of many factors together produces cancer. Modern humans know that
    primary tumors develop at body sites of excessive iron deposits. There are no
    exceptions: body sites affected by primary tumors are iron-rich body sites.
    When tumor cells metastasize, the new tumor is called a secondary or metastatic
    tumor, and its cells are similar to those in the primary tumor. If breast
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    breast cells, not of abnormal lung cells. Misplaced iron created primary tumors
    in dinosaurs and ancient humans; misplaced iron creates primary tumors in
    corals, sharks, budgerigars and modern humans. The Father of Oncology (Vadim
    Shapoval) says that a cell needs to have iron overload (when excess iron
    accumulates within cellular organelles) before it becomes cancerous. In
    inherited forms of cancer, parents give their sons and daughters abnormal iron
    metabolism within various organs. Iron disorders are inherited and can be confirmed
    with genetic testing. Genes that maintain iron homeostasis may facilitate iron
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    spectrum of known disorders of iron metabolism has expanded dramatically over
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    directly/indirectly involved in iron metabolism / hereditary cancers) and
    iron-related events (when excess iron accumulates within the cells, tissues,
    and organs due to various carcinogenic lifestyle events / sporadic cancers).
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    from the Old Testament; Iron Conception), any human cell should be interpreted:
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    accumulation of superpara-, ferri- and ferromagnetic nanoparticles within
    cancerous cells. Intracellular molecules FeO;Fe2O3;Fe3O4 are the main creators
    of intracellular superpara-, ferri- and ferromagnetic nanoparticles that
    produce (magnetically) genomic rearrangements, chaotic chromosomal aberrations
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    a form of iron lottery; intracellular superpara-ferri-ferromagnetic infection.
    Magnetism (a class of physical phenomena; the force of attraction or repulsion
    between nano-objects) causes cancer. Ceramic needles (direct intratumoral
    injections) can suppress/eliminate any tumors and large metastases; can quickly
    create harmless infiltrations (harmless necroses; deposits of cells that die;
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    Anti-iron slow blood loss (even 75%) [hemoglobin control], anti-iron goat’s
    milk diet and anti-iron drinking water containing hydrogen sulfide can
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    Wire & Vadim Shapoval (Father of Oncology)