I recently watched an incredible TED talk by Dr William Li, addressing his research into how a process called anti-angiogenesis could provide a way of minimising cancer development. I would like to highlight the main points he discussed. Li is the head of The Angiogenesis Foundation in Massachusetts, USA. https://angio.org
Firstly, angiogenesis is the physiological process through which new blood vessels form from pre-existing vessels. Since cancer requires a blood supply in order to grow, and cancer is essentially an abnormal heightened angiogenesis process, if we could control angiogenesis back into balance, could this prevent cancer from metastasising?
*Metastasis = to spread to other parts of the body by way of the blood or lymphatic vessels or membranous surfaces.
He noted how diet is the cause of 30-35% of environmentally-caused cancers. The following diagram from his presentation is fascinating in showing how common cancer drugs compare to everyday foods we can incorporate into our diet.
Common Vitamin E containing foods:
- Sunflower seeds
- Atlantic Salmon
His presentation was incredible, and I highly recommend watching it to gain more insight into how our diet can play such a large preventative role in Cancer development.