On Sunday Jan. 8th we had the opportunity to hear a presentation by our own Ryan Bushey about the exciting cancer research in which he is engaged as a doctoral student at Penn State Hershey. Ryan is a pharmacology researcher who is doing cutting edge work with enzymes as it relates to lung cancer. Ryan shared with us the sobering stats that 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will develop some type of cancer in their lives. We also learned more about lung cancer, such as that 90% of lung cancer is related to smoking. Surprisingly, given all the attention to the health risks, still 20% of Americans smoke. The stats world-wide indicate an upward trend in smoking, especially among women. Ryan shared with us that smoke contains 4000 chemicals and at least 60 carcinogens. Most of the carcinogens develop from the tobacco curing process. A new and very promising trend in cancer research is a technique for fighting diseases such as leukemia with one’s own immune system. With gene therapy an individual’s own “T” cells can be used to target the cancer.
We thank Ryan for sharing with us his work and we appreciate how much researchers such as Ryan are doing on behalf of all of us. May God bless and magnify his work and that of his coworkers and fellow researchers.