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Monday, July 17, 2017
Smart Steps for Sun Protection
MONDAY, July 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- You know you're supposed to slather on a high-SPF sunscreen before going out in the sun, but these five steps will help you double up on that protection.

First, it's important to know that there are two types of harmful ultraviolet rays. UVA rays cause lasting skin damage and aging. UVB rays cause sunburn along with skin dama  ...more
Monday, July 17, 2017
Are Big Men More Prone to Aggressive Prostate Cancer?
THURSDAY, July 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The larger a man, the greater his risk of getting and dying from aggressive prostate cancer, a new study suggests.

Every additional 4 inches of height increased a man's chances of being diagnosed with high-risk prostate cancer by 21 percent, and their odds of dying from prostate cancer by 17 percent, researchers found.

Monday, July 17, 2017
FDA Panel OKs What May Soon Be First Gene Therapy Approved in U.S.
WEDNESDAY, July 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory panel on Wednesday gave unanimous approval to what could soon be the first gene therapy to be marketed in the United States.

The treatment, called CTL019, genetically tweaks a patient's own immune system cells into what scientists call "a living drug" to battle a form of acute l  ...more
Monday, July 17, 2017
Easier Colon Exam Boosts Screening, But Insurers May Not Pay
TUESDAY, July 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- People with insurance that covers virtual colonoscopy are nearly 50 percent more likely to get screened for colon cancer, a new study shows.

Like traditional colonoscopy, the newer, virtual test can detect precancerous polyps and cancer, but it's less invasive. It uses CT technology to see inside the colon. The American Canc  ...more
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Parkinson's Disease and Melanoma May Occur Together, Study Finds
FRIDAY, July 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- People with Parkinson's disease are about four times more likely to develop melanoma skin cancer, and conversely, people with melanoma have a fourfold higher risk of getting Parkinson's, researchers report.

Although doctors have known about the connection between these diseases, they still don't know why having one increases t  ...more
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Dying May Not Be as Awful an Experience as You Think
THURSDAY, July 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Does the very idea of death worry and frighten you? There may be reassurance from a new study that finds those fears might be exaggerated.

In fact, the research shows, death is often described as a peaceful, "unexpectedly positive" experience by those who approach it.

Death is one of life's guarantees, yet it's something   ...more
Monday, July 3, 2017
Older Americans Struggling With Drug Costs Don't Ask for Help
FRIDAY, June 30, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Many older Americans who have difficulty paying for their medications don't seek help in finding cheaper options, a new poll indicates.

"We already know that cost can keep patients from taking the drugs they need to maintain health or prevent complications, but these new data suggest that many older adults aren't talking to t  ...more
Monday, July 3, 2017
New Microscope Scans Breast Tumors During Surgery
WEDNESDAY, June 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A new microscope could help surgeons remove breast tumors completely, reducing the number of women who must undergo repeat surgeries to remove cancer cells that were missed the first time.

The microscope, developed by scientists and engineers at the University of Washington, effectively scans tumors and examines cells in t  ...more
Monday, July 3, 2017
Can You Recognize the Signs of Skin Cancer?
WEDNESDAY, June 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- With skin cancer the most common type of cancer in the United States, you should learn to spot its early signs, a cancer doctor says.

"Early detection is key. When detected early, most skin cancers may be effectively treated and are often curable," said Dr. Jeffrey Farma, a surgical oncologist at Fox Chase Cancer Center in  ...more
Monday, July 3, 2017
E-Cigarettes Lead to 'Real' Smoking by Teens: Review
TUESDAY, June 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Teens and young adults who use electronic cigarettes -- also known as vaping -- are almost four times as likely as their non-vaping counterparts to begin smoking traditional cigarettes, a new review suggests.

"E-cigarette use increases the risk of subsequent cigarette smoking, even for teens and young adults who might not be  ...more
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Boozing Can Age You Right Down to Your Cells
MONDAY, June 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The more you booze it up, the more your cells age, increasing your risk for age-related health problems like heart disease, diabetes, cancer and dementia, a new study suggests.

Researchers studied 134 alcoholics between the ages of 41 and 85 and a control group of people in the same age group who weren't alcoholics.

DNA sa  ...more
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Medicaid Cuts Tied to Delayed Breast Cancer Diagnoses
MONDAY, June 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- As Congress takes aim at replacing "Obamacare," a new study says Medicaid cuts could boost the number of women diagnosed with late-stage breast cancer.

The study looked at what happened after a budget crunch caused Tennessee to cut nearly 170,000 people from its Medicaid rolls in 2005.

Within the next few years, the resear  ...more
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Mammogram Decision Hinges on Patient-Doc Talk, Ob-Gyn Group Says
THURSDAY, June 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- As the debate continues about the best time for mammograms, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) is asking women to add their voice to the discussion.

In updated guidelines on breast cancer screening for average-risk women, ACOG emphasized shared decision-making between a woman and her doctor about  ...more
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Secondhand Smoke Still Plagues Some Cancer Survivors
THURSDAY, June 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The number of nonsmoking cancer survivors exposed to secondhand smoke is down significantly in the United States, but it's too soon to breathe easy.

A new review of federal data on nearly 700 nonsmoking adult cancer survivors found 15.7 percent reporting exposure to secondhand smoke in 2011-2012, down from nearly 40 percent  ...more
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Many Doctors Silent on Cost of Cancer Care
WEDNESDAY, June 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Cancer doctors are often mute when a patient asks about the cost of treatment, a new study shows.

Yet, such questions are critically important. Cancer patients are three times more likely to declare bankruptcy than people with other chronic ailments, and tight finances often lead patients to skip doses of medicine or drop   ...more
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Big Gap in Cancer Deaths Between Rich, Poor Countries
WEDNESDAY, June 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Over the past few decades, death rates linked to cancer and heart disease have declined in most developed nations, thanks to more effective prevention strategies, early detection and greater access to quality health care.

But the same isn't true for poorer counties where the number of people dying from cancer has either re  ...more
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
When Is Risk Highest for Women With Breast Cancer Gene Mutations?
TUESDAY, June 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For women who have genetic mutations that increase their risk of breast and ovarian cancers, researchers have better defined at what age those gene flaws are most likely to cause trouble.

Knowing when gene-based cancer risks peak in a woman's life will help doctors and patients decide when to take drastic steps such as remov  ...more
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Could Certain Hair Dyes, Relaxers Raise Breast Cancer Risk?
TUESDAY, June 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The safety of hair products has been debated for years. Now, new research suggests that black women who use dark hair dyes face a higher risk of breast cancer, while chemical relaxers and straighteners boost the odds in white women.

The findings stem from a study of more than 4,000 women. Use of dark brown or black hair dyes  ...more
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Many Chronic Illnesses Linked to Suicide Risk
TUESDAY, June 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- People with chronic health problems seem to have a higher risk of suicide, a new study suggests.

And, for certain conditions -- such as traumatic brain injury -- the risk is much higher, the study authors said.

Researchers looked at nearly 2,700 people in the United States who died by suicide between 2000 and 2013. The in  ...more
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Childhood Chemo May Have Lasting Effects on Memory
TUESDAY, June 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Childhood cancer survivors who had chemotherapy may have certain types of thinking and memory problems as young adults, a small study suggests.

Belgian researchers assessed 31 young adults who had undergone chemotherapy. They were at an average age of slightly over 6 when they had the treatment. The researchers compared them  ...more
Monday, June 19, 2017
Many Tanning Salons Defy Legal Age Limits on Users
FRIDAY, June 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Many indoor tanning salons in the United States would let underage customers tan despite government bans, a new study finds.

"Enacting well-crafted age restriction laws to maximize compliance through enforcement of penalties on the state level and moving towards a national ban with similar accompanying strong enforcement . .   ...more
Monday, June 19, 2017
Mission to Mars Would Double Astronauts' Cancer Risk
THURSDAY, June 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Once astronauts leave the Earth's protective magnetic field, their cancer risk would soar while traveling to Mars, new research indicates.

Scientists said radiation exposure during a long-term deep-space mission would not only affect already damaged cells but also healthy ones nearby, doubling cancer risk.

Cosmic rays ca  ...more
Monday, June 19, 2017
'Couch Potatoes' May Face Higher Risk of Kidney, Bladder Cancers
THURSDAY, June 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Add greater risk of kidney and bladder cancer to the long list of why a lifetime of sitting on the sofa isn't good for your health, a new study suggests.

Specifically, lifetime recreational inactivity was associated with a 73 percent increased risk of bladder cancer and a 77 percent increased risk of kidney cancer.

The f  ...more
Monday, June 19, 2017
Have Scientists Created a Safe, Sun-Free Tan?
WEDNESDAY, June 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Many people would love to have a natural-looking golden tan, but know that soaking up the sun raises their risk of skin cancer. Now scientists say they've developed a way to tan without exposure to damaging ultraviolet (UV) radiation.

In laboratory tests, the researchers used the technique to increase pigmentation in human  ...more
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Asian Women Less Likely to Get Follow-up After Abnormal Mammogram
MONDAY, June 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Asian women in the San Francisco area were less likely than white women to get follow-up tests following an abnormal mammogram result, researchers report.

Women who receive suspicious mammogram results are urged to get checked in a timely manner to rule out breast cancer, which should be treated as early as possible to ensure  ...more
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
With Summer Sun Comes Heightened Skin Cancer Risk
SUNDAY, June 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Summer beckons, and with those sunny skies comes a warning to protect yourself from skin cancer.

"Skin cancer, like all types of cancer, is capable of destroying healthy tissue and spreading to distant body sites," said Dr. C. Blake Phillips, a fellow in the University of Alabama at Birmingham department of dermatology.

Sk  ...more
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Is Full Lymph Node Removal Always Needed for Melanoma?
THURSDAY, June 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Removing all lymph nodes in the vicinity of a melanoma skin cancer may not increase a patient's overall chances for survival, a new study concludes.

This invasive procedure -- called complete lymph node dissection -- is a standard but hotly debated treatment for melanoma, the deadliest type of skin cancer.

For the study,   ...more
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
U.S. Liver Cancer Deaths Have Doubled Since 1980s: Study
WEDNESDAY, June 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Liver cancer is the fastest-growing cause of cancer deaths in the United States, a new study reports.

Liver cancer cases have been on the rise since the mid-1970s, a trend expected to continue through at least 2030. Death rates from the disease have doubled since the mid-1980s -- the fastest increase of any cancer, accordin  ...more
Thursday, June 8, 2017
More Cancers Caught in Wealthy People
WEDNESDAY, June 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Wealthy Americans are more likely to be diagnosed with some types of cancer than poor people, a new study finds.

The reason: It's not because affluent people are more likely to get cancer, but rather because they undergo more medical tests, the researchers explained.

The study authors analyzed data on four types of cance  ...more
Thursday, June 8, 2017
Publicly Funded Cancer Trials Gained Americans 3 Million More Years
TUESDAY, June 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Public-funded trials have significantly extended the lives of people diagnosed with cancer, according to new research.

SWOG, the clinical trials network funded by the U.S. National Cancer Institute (NCI), has involved more than 200,000 patient volunteers. These trials have led to approval of 14 new cancer drugs and more than   ...more