By JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – The lightbulb is a “miracle” for cancer sufferers, a U.S. study has found, as the number of people with the disease rose in the United States.
The new research, published in the journal Cancer, also found that cancer patients are living longer than ever and are spending more time with loved ones, a key factor in the disease’s rapid spread.
The results of the study showed that while the light bulb was “not the miracle cure” that some people think it is, it is “one of the best things we’ve done to help people who need it,” said Dr. David Fuhrman, a researcher at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore.
Fuhrmann and his colleagues followed more than 30,000 people for about a decade and measured light exposure as part of their medical records.
They also measured light sensitivity, the amount of light emitted when light sources were bright and found that light exposure to a dimmer light source significantly increases the risk of developing cancer.
“I think it’s really amazing,” Fuhraman said.
“It’s like putting your ear to the light, and you feel a difference.”
The results also showed that light bulbs have a “powerful” effect on people with other types of cancer, including prostate cancer.
It is not known whether light bulbs can help people with melanoma, a skin cancer that is often associated with sunlight exposure.
Fuelling the theory that cancer is a consequence of sunlight exposure is a new study published last week in the New England Journal of Medicine.
It looked at the effect of a light bulb on lung cancer patients who were exposed to light at home, and found it reduced the risk significantly.
The researchers also looked at other types to see if light bulbs are beneficial to the brain.
The authors concluded that light pollution was a major factor in cancer cases.
The researchers noted that they could not rule out that the effects of light pollution were related to the cancer, but were not sure.
“Our findings are encouraging, but we cannot rule out the possibility that light-induced cancers may be more common in low-income communities,” said co-author Dr. Michael DeMarco, professor of clinical medicine and radiology at the University of California, San Francisco.
In a study published in April, researchers in Australia found that a lightbulbe at home increased the risk for lung cancer.
The light bulbs were also a factor in an increase in colon cancer.
Other studies have shown light pollution increases the chance of developing colorectal cancer, which has about 2,000 deaths per 100,000 in the U..
S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in its latest report on indoor air pollution.
“The findings indicate that exposure to light from fluorescent lamps at home may increase the risk that people develop colorecectal and/or colon cancer,” the study said.
“While our results suggest that a more focused approach to improving indoor lighting may be needed, this study provides some evidence that lightbulbs can be an important tool in helping to reduce cancer-related deaths,” the researchers added.