Mozart Colon Cancer
November 1, 2011 by staff
Only included two doctors, but at least, listen to Mozart to more than triple the rate of detection of polyps per cent from 21.25 to 66.7 percent, researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston announced today at the American College of Gastroenterology annual meeting. Undetected polyps – called adenomas – can become cancerous.
“Anything that we can reach speeds of up has the potential to save lives,” study author Dr. Catherine Noelle O’Shea said in a statement. “While this is a small study, the results highlight how thinking outside the box – in this case with Mozart -. To improve adenoma detection rates could potentially be very valuable for physicians and patients”
The polyp detection rate of other physician surveys increased from 27.16 percent to 36.7 percent.
The study adds weight to the “Mozart effect” – the long-standing observation that listening can lead to short-term improvement in some mental tasks. Some experts attribute the increased performance at a more positive mood or increased arousal. Others say that the complex music triggers a response in the brain that makes it better equipped to deal with an additional task.
Without treatment, adenomas can lead to invasive colorectal cancer – the third most common cancer diagnosed in men and women in the U.S. and the second leading cause of cancer death in both sexes, according to the American Cancer Society. However, when detected early, adenomas can be removed.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends routine screening for colorectal cancer using fecal occult blood test, sigmoidoscopy and colonoscopy in men and women aged 50 to 75.
To reduce the risk of colorectal cancer, American Cancer Society recommends maintaining a healthy weight and active lifestyle, eating a healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables and cereals and low in red meat and drinking alcohol in moderation.
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