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Cancer and Aging

The Cancer Suppressor Theory of Aging proposes that what we experience as aging is the consequence of mechanisms to suppress cancer which have evolved to counter the threat of malignancy by causing cells to replicate, go to sleep, or die.

Our immune system is constantly searching for abnormal cancerous cells, and when found, swiftly deploys its considerable resources like killer T cells to eradicate them. The problem, however, is that cancer cells can become notoriously difficult to identify and can often evade the immune system’s detection. As a result of this dynamic, some cancer cells proliferate unchecked and cause life-altering crises.

Cancer is an intimidating and life-threatening disease that can occur due to several causes. It can be caused by age, toxins, radiation, inflammation, oxidation, viruses, or trauma that damages a healthy cell’s DNA. This damaged DNA leads the cell to divide uncontrollably without dying, forming increasing mounds of cancer cells in vital organs, which squeezes out the essential tissues, and eventually, this is fatal.

The Root Cause of Cancer

Age, toxins, infections, stress, lack of sleep, poor nutrition, and smoking are a few forces impairing our immune system. Measuring and maintaining a strong and vibrant immune system is one of our best options for dealing with and preventing cancer. In our increasingly toxic world, it is essential to recognize the body’s toxin levels and reduce exposure. An overload of toxins can accumulate without your knowledge, contributing to cancer. Understanding how much toxicity you are exposed to is vital for maintaining good long-term health.

As cells age, the cells are exposed to toxins, and the microenvironment of the cell worsens. The cells beginning to show damage are often “put to sleep,” that is, undergo senescence to slow down the progression to becoming cancerous. Eventually, some of these senescent cells change enough to become much-feared cancer.

Science previously assumed that these early cancers stayed limited within their immediate environment. We believed that these cancer cells would multiply and, eventually, would breach the tumor’s boundaries. At that time, cancer would travel through the bloodstream to form metastases at other sites in the body.

We now know that tumors distribute cancer cells into circulation from day one. The proliferation rate of this process, which would be limited in healthy cells, is unleashed due to an endless number of telomeres on the cancer cell’s DNA.  Telomeres are the little tags at the end of the chromosomes, where when the DNA replicates, it uses one of these tags.  When the chromosomes are out of telomeres, the cell dies.

Cancer is not only the second most deadly cause of death, but the rate of cancer is growing and will likely spike an astonishing 57% increase within two decades. Unless we act swiftly to curb this trend, cancer may eventually top the list as our leading source of mortality. The widespread presence of carcinogens in the air, food, and water further bolsters this point; these toxins have irrevocably polluted our environment with hazardous materials that contribute significantly to rising cases of cancer worldwide.


Types of Cancer

Early detection is the most successful approach to treating cancer. In its beginning stages, cancer cells have not had a chance to adapt to any methods that allow them to survive in your body’s environment. During this time, creating an environment free from toxicity and inflammation will often be enough for your body to fight off cancer.

There are numerous types of cancer, and once established, each type responds differently to treatment.

The most frequent cancers in men include:

  • Lung (11.7%)
  • Colon (10.2%), and
  • Prostate (8.6%)

The most frequent cancers in women are:

  • Breast (30.7%)
  • Lung (10.3%), and
  • Colon (9.6%)

The highest mortality rate in women is lung cancer (18.4%), breast (17.5%), colon (10.6%), and pancreas (7.2%). In comparison, the highest mortality rates among men are for lung cancer (20.6%), prostate (14.5%), colon (10.6%), pancreas (7%), and liver (6.6%).

Longevity depends on preventing cancer. Therefore early detection and prompt cancer treatment must be a priority. To prevent cancer, medical and lifestyle approaches must be considered. Intake of processed foods and alcohol should be reduced or completely eliminated. Exercise regularly, engage in stress-relief activities such as yoga or mindfulness practices, get adequate sleep, and avoid smoking.

Treating Cancer

Simply put, detecting cancer in its earliest stages is the best way to treat it. Over half of all diagnosed cancer cases have no suggested screening test available. These cancers typically appear only after patients begin to display symptoms, and as a result, the illness is often far more advanced, which makes it hard to treat. In total, these non-screened types of cancers account for 70% of all deaths from cancer.

MDLifespan places a high value on early cancer detection methods. In addition to standard traditional cancer screening programs (skin exams, colonoscopies, PSA for men, and mammograms for women), our physicians utilize other early detection methods.

Detection methods that can identify cancer in its earliest stages include:

Liquid Biopsy for Cancer

An innovative and exciting breakthrough in cancer detection is the Liquid Biopsy. This type of biopsy does not require tissue samples, instead utilizing a blood test to scan for cancer cells, markers, and DNA circulating in the blood. Currently, this testing has been proven effective at identifying early-stage cancers, offering an opportunity for more timely treatment plans and potentially better outcomes.

Our liquid biopsies are astoundingly successful, with us detecting cancer in its earliest stage over 85% of the time on a single screening. When patients undergo yearly checkups, this success rate approaches 100%.

One of the limitations with all liquid biopsies is determining the point of origin of the cancer.  Under the microscope, cancer stem cells have few distinctive features which would identify the tissue in which the cancer arose.  Our providers act as detectives using PET Scans to help determine the point of origin of the cancer.  If cancer does not show up on the PET scan, it means that the cancer is still too small for diagnostic testing.  If the cancer does show up on PET scan, our providers will work with you in finding the right oncologist to take on the case.

Full Body Scan for Cancer

Full Body Scans detect the presence of cancer in asymptomatic patients only 2% of the time.  For this reason, no medical society recommends Full Body Scans for patients as an early cancer detection tool, except in cases with a strong genetic predominance for cancer. However, if using scans that minimize radiation like MRIs, the only risk of consequence is the amount of money this procedure costs. To detect cancer without any harmful side effects, our full body scans for cancer are performed with either no, or exceptionally low radiation. Although some centers promote a full-body MRI scan, this method is inefficient because it requires a significant amount of time in the MRI scanner. Instead, a combination of MRI scans, ultrasound exams, and CT scans are more suitable as they require less time (and less radiation exposure) to complete and provide equally accurate results.

Advanced Testing

There are many advanced tests for detecting cancer that our providers keep in their toolboxes. Testing for cancer directly through blood and diagnostic testing can complement testing for toxins and an imbalanced cell microenvironment. Important to remember is that you, as a unique individual, may require more or fewer tests than others. Your provider will determine which test is recommended after an in-depth evaluation.

Our comprehensive methods of testing for Cancer are:


Our physicians are not oncologists, but we collaborate with our clients to optimize their health against cancer. Our anti-cancer therapy recommendations focus on early detection and providing cells with an optimum microenvironment detrimental to cancer cells and their growth.

Our comprehensive methods for solving cancer issues are:

FAQ & Sources

We value fact over opinion. Please refer to our FAQs for the most commonly asked questions. In addition, we have listed the medical references for the facts stated on the website.

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What can I do to prevent getting cancer?

Test your genes to determine the cancers to which you may be susceptible. A clean lifestyle free of alcohol, processed sugar, drugs, and tobacco. A healthy diet rich in fiber and beneficial vitamins. A scheduled and followed regiment of sleep, exercise, and stress management techniques. A nutritional plan which includes supplements that combat inflammation and oxidation. You can do so many things to avoid cancer; you can start anytime with our providers.

Will MDLifespan treat cancer?

Our physicians are not oncologists and do not treat cancer. But in conjunction with your oncologist, our providers will collaborate on developing a health and nutrition plan which incorporates making you as healthy and “anti” cancer as possible.

Why use RGCC instead of the Grail by Galleri?

RGCC is the expert in developing and providing personalized cancer tests for doctors and patients. RGCC goes further than the Grain (Grail, not Grain) by testing the cancer cells for sensitivity to chemotherapy treatment and a large range of natural substances.

If the Liquid Biopsy shows cancer cells, then what?

For those patients who get a liquid biopsy with cancer cells present, our providers will recommend further testing into the genetic makeup of the cancer cells. In addition, our providers will recommend a PET SCAN. A Pet Scan is a nuclear medicine radiologic exam that infuses radiation isotopes on sugar molecules to detect cancer cells. If the Pet Scan is positive, we will recommend you see a qualified oncologist.

What if the Pet Scan is negative, but the Liquid Biopsy is positive for cancer cells?

In these cases, where no discernable cancer tissue is identified, and all other cancer screening methods are negative, our physicians will collaborate with you to develop a health plan that is the opposite of what cancer uses to survive. Your liquid biopsy should be repeated every 3-4 months to gauge the increase or decrease in circulating cancer cells.

When should I see a doctor?

Screening for cancers should start at an early age; scientists state that with liquid biopsies, we could begin as early as 18 years of age. Regular checkups should be performed annually. Being seen early by your doctor helps assess your risks for cancers, and further exams can be arranged if any risk is present.


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  2. Young, Eric. NORC at the University of Chicago. “New Research Highlights Just One in Seven Diagnosed Cancers Found by A Recommended Screening Test.”
  3. RGCC
  4. CDC. Screening Tests.