Candida and Cancer have been associated through many studies and clinical observations throughout the years. Fungal candida has been identified as the leading cause of deaths due to sepsis in hospital settings, but can occur in anyone. Severe suppression of the immune system leads to an increased risk of death, while less severe cases can lead to diabetes, asthma, allergies, and over 100 symptoms and conditions. Candidemia, candida in the blood, remains a major cause of morbidity and mortality in the health care setting.

In the oral cavity, candidiasis is the most frequent opportunistic fungal infection and is associated with pre-cancer and cancers. For those people who do have cancer, radiation and chemotherapy are the two main options for treatment put forth by the medical field. Researchers at the Regional Cancer Institute “revealed the presence of C. albicans fungi as most significant oral cavity pathogens in radiotherapy and radio chemotherapy cases.” Here we see that candida can cause cancer and medical treatments for cancer can cause candida, seeming to create a vicious cycle.

One of the means by which candida promotes cancers is through inflammation. Inflammation is one of the common links to all cancers and candida has been shown to promote inflammation in the body, and inflammation further promotes candida. One of the pathways that has been recently discovered by cancer researchers is via the release of pro-inflammatory IL-15 in response to chronic infections such as candida.

Another pathway is through blood sugar imbalances. Candida can cause blood sugar imbalances and these imbalances, high and low, are associated with causing immune system suppression. Immune system suppression is a part of all cancers. The vast majority of IFIs (Invasive Fungal Infections) in the ICU are due to Candida spp. The incidence of invasive candidiasis (IC) has increased over recent decades, especially in the ICU. Surgeries can cause immunosuppression and are typically associated with a higher incidence of candida infections. Most cancer patients lack the appropriate immune responses and candida increases immune system dysfunction.

Candida has been shown to be involved in lung cancer, which is one of the most common cancers worldwide and a leading cause of death. Lung cancer is the most common cancer worldwide, with “1.35 million incident cases annually, and consists one of the leading causes of mortality worldwide.”

One medical doctor, Dr. Simoncini, believes that cancer is caused by the fungal form of candida. This of course leaves out many other possible known causes such as chemicals and heavy metals, but it does align itself to a growing body of research on candida and cancers.

It’s important to note that both antibiotics and candida are associated with causing cancers, and antibiotic use is the major cause of fungal candida. Given this link, it is likely that candida plays a causative and supportive role in creating cancers. The more antibiotic exposure one has, the greater the likelihood of contracting cancer.

Reversing the effects of antibiotics, boosting immune system responses, and restoring balance to the flora of the body should be a part of everyone’s approach to addressing imbalances that can lead to cancer.

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Dr. Jeffrey S. McCombs, DC, is founder of the McCombs Center for Health, the Candida Plan, the Candida Library, and author of Lifeforce and The Everything Candida Diet Book.