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Tuesday, June 18, 2019
'Double-Edged Sword': Lung Cancer Radiation Rx May Raise Heart Attack Risk
THURSDAY, June 13, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Radiation treatment for lung cancer can help extend lives, but it might also raise a patient's odds for heart attacks and heart failure, a new study shows.

Many patients may have no choice but to accept the risk: For about half of people diagnosed with the number one cancer killer, radiation remains the only viable treatmen  ...more
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Eating More Red Meat May Shorten Your Life
WEDNESDAY, June 12, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Is that second serving of steak or extra strip of bacon worth shaving time off your life?

That's a question researchers want you to ponder, because their new study finds the more red and processed meat you eat, the greater the odds of cutting your life short.

People who increased their red meat intake by just half a ser  ...more
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Scared Safe: Pics of Sun's Damage to Face Boost Sunscreen Use
WEDNESDAY, June 12, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- When all else fails, fear may motivate people to protect themselves from the sun.

Researchers found that a photo of a mole being removed and visuals of skin damage did the trick.

Study volunteers were shown photos taken using a VISIA UV camera system. These images spotlight skin damage from the sun's ultraviolet rays th  ...more
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Your Drinking Water May Harbor Cancer-Causing Nitrate: Study
WEDNESDAY, June 12, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Millions of tons of nitrate from industrial farming find their way into America's drinking water each year, causing thousands of cases of cancer and other health problems, an environmental advocacy group says.

In a new report, researchers from the Environmental Working Group (EWG) quantify the risk. They say nitrate is res  ...more
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Cancer Survivors Predicted to Top 22 Million by 2030
TUESDAY, June 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- More Americans are surviving cancer, and their numbers could top 22 million in another decade, the American Cancer Society says.

Currently, thanks to better screening and treatment, more than 17 million Americans who had cancer remain alive, the society said in a new report.
While this is good news, it comes with a cautiona  ...more
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Guard Your Skin Against the Summer Sun
THURSDAY, June 6, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Whether you're at the beach, the park or a pool this summer, be sure to protect your skin from the sun's damaging rays.

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States, and most skin cancers are caused by too much exposure to the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays, according to the American Cancer Society.

"Fo  ...more
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
1 in 4 Cancer Survivors Faces 'Financial Hardship' Due to Medical Costs
THURSDAY, June 6, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- For many Americans under 65 who've battled and survived cancer, the financial fight is far from over. A new report finds that a quarter of adult survivors say they are experiencing "material financial hardship" trying to cover medical costs.

Cancer survivors with and without insurance suffered from high medical bills, accord  ...more
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
'Focused' Radiation Could Lighten Treatment Burden for Early Breast Cancer
THURSDAY, June 6, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Wendy Lybarger lived an hour's drive from the hospital where her breast cancer would be treated, so she was looking forward to a heaping helping of hassle.

For as many as six weeks, she'd have to travel there every weekday to receive radiation treatments after surgery to remove the small lump in her breast.

But then her d  ...more
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Testicular Cancer Treatment Unlikely to Trigger Birth Defects
TUESDAY, June 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- New research should reassure dads-to-be who've had testicular cancer that treatment with radiation or chemotherapy doesn't raise the risk of fathering babies with birth defects.

"Our research set out to investigate whether treatment for the most common cancer among young men leads to a higher risk of fathering a child with a   ...more
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Is MRI Screening Worth It for Breast Cancer Survivors?
TUESDAY, June 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Breast MRI screening is a good way to detect small tumors, but it's unclear how much it benefits women with a history of breast cancer, a new study finds.

Right now, experts recommend that breast cancer survivors have yearly mammograms to help catch any recurrences early. An unresolved question is whether adding breast MRI to  ...more
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Obamacare May Have Helped Close 'Race Gap' in Cancer Care
MONDAY, June 3, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Expanding Medicaid coverage after the Affordable Care Act seems to have narrowed U.S. racial differences in cancer treatment, a new study suggests.

Before the Affordable Care Act, blacks diagnosed with advanced cancer were 4.8 percentage points less likely than whites to get treatment within the month after diagnosis, the rese  ...more
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Obamacare May Have Boosted Fight Against Ovarian Cancer
SUNDAY, June 2, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- More American women under age 65 have been diagnosed sooner and treated earlier for ovarian cancer since the Affordable Care Act went into effect in 2010, new research shows.

And, more women received treatment within 30 days of diagnosis, improving their survival odds, the researchers said.

For the study, the investigators   ...more
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Newer Drug Extends Lives of Young Breast Cancer Patients
SATURDAY, June 1, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Adding a newer drug to standard hormone therapy lengthens the lives of younger women with advanced breast cancer, a new trial has found.

The drug, called Kisqali (ribociclib), is already approved for treating such patients -- based on earlier results showing it can delay the progression of their cancer.

This is the first   ...more
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
A New Way to Fight a Previously 'Inoperable' Pancreatic Cancer
THURSDAY, May 30, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A new treatment protocol for locally advanced pancreatic cancer can enable surgical removal of previously inoperable tumors and improve survival rates, according to a new study.

"Locally advanced" pancreatic cancer is confined to the pancreas, but the tumor still involves major abdominal blood vessels and usually cannot be r  ...more
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Cancer Patients Vaping in Growing Numbers
THURSDAY, May 30, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Vaping is gaining a foothold in an unlikely population: New research shows a growing number of cancer patients are using electronic cigarettes.

"The gradual but steady increase is quite striking," said study author Dr. Nina Sanford, an assistant professor of radiation oncology at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. "Th  ...more
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Colon Cancer Striking More Under 50, and More Often in Western States
WEDNESDAY, May 29, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Colon cancer rates among those under 50 in the United States are rising, and they're rising the most rapidly in western states, a new study finds.

"It was surprising that the largest increases were in the West, where you have more healthy behaviors," said lead researcher Rebecca Siegel, scientific director of surveillance r  ...more
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Though 'Donut Hole' Is Shrinking, Medicare Drug Costs Are Rising: Study
TUESDAY, May 28, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Seniors' out-of-pocket costs for cancer drugs continue to rise steadily, with patients paying thousands of dollars each year despite efforts to close the Medicare Part D "donut hole," researchers said.

Prices for 13 anticancer drugs available through Medicare Part D in 2010 rose an average 8% over inflation every year over th  ...more
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Aggressive Uterine Cancer on the Rise, Especially in Blacks: Study
TUESDAY, May 28, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- There's been a steep uptick in aggressive uterine cancers among American women, especially black women, since 2000, a new study shows.

It also found that black women with these aggressive cancers have lower survival rates than other women.

Researchers at the U.S. National Cancer Institute (NCI) analyzed data on uterine can  ...more
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Does Your Sunscreen Work for You?
SUNDAY, May 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Sunscreen is a real key to protecting your skin from the sun and preventing skin cancer, but are you using it correctly?

Santa Monica-based dermatologist Dr. Tanya Kormeili thinks not.

A recent American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) found "only about a third of Americans are reapplying their sunscreen every two hours while o  ...more
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Roundup Linked to Human Liver Damage: Study
FRIDAY, May 24, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The popular weed killer Roundup might be linked to liver disease, a new study suggests.

A group of patients suffering from liver disease had elevated urine levels of glyphosate, the primary weed-killing ingredient in Roundup, according to researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD).

"We found those patient  ...more
Thursday, May 23, 2019
Poor Diet Might Raise Your Cancer Risk
THURSDAY, May 23, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Your unhealthy eating habits could increase your risk of cancer as much as drinking alcohol can, new research reports.

The Tufts University study found that poor diets cause about the same number of cancer cases as alcohol consumption does in the United States.
The researchers said their modeling study estimated that dietar  ...more
Thursday, May 23, 2019
Aggressive Approach to Pancreatic Cysts May Prevent Dreaded Cancer
WEDNESDAY, May 22, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest malignancies, so a new study appears to offer some good news: Early removal of a certain type of precancerous pancreatic cyst may prevent the disease in some people.

These cysts -- called intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasms -- can cause enlargement of the main pancreatic duct.   ...more
Thursday, May 23, 2019
Women With Sleep Apnea May Have Higher Cancer Odds Than Men
WEDNESDAY, May 22, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Some people with sleep apnea have an increased risk of cancer, and the odds may be higher for women than men, researchers say.

"Recent studies have shown that low blood oxygen levels during the night and disrupted sleep, which is both common in [obstructive sleep apnea], may play an important role in the biology of differen  ...more
Thursday, May 23, 2019
Mustaches Are More Than Just Manly, They Guard Against Sun's Rays
MONDAY, May 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- For all of those men who view a mustache as a largely ornamental addition to their masculine appearance, a new study reveals it can also guard against lip cancer.

"Mustaches seem to protect the lip the same way that hair protects the scalp," explained study author Dr. Daniel Aires. He is the director of dermatology with the Un  ...more
Thursday, May 23, 2019
Low-Fat Diet Could Be a Weapon Against Breast Cancer
WEDNESDAY, May 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Health experts have long touted the benefits of a low-fat diet for preventing heart disease, but now a large study suggests it might do the same against breast cancer.

Researchers found that eating low-fat foods reduced a woman's risk of dying from breast cancer by 21%. What's more, the women on low-fat diets also cut their  ...more
Thursday, May 23, 2019
Young, and Learning Too Late That Sun Safety Matters
TUESDAY, May 14, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The pain Sara Langill felt in her right hip didn't concern her much until she felt a lump as she massaged tendons near her hip flexors following a soccer game.

"I felt this thing that felt like a rubbery grape," recalls Langill, 33. Thinking it might be a hernia, she went to the doctor.

Within days, Langill was diagnosed w  ...more
Thursday, May 23, 2019
Is That Prostate Cancer Worth Treating? Chromosomes May Tell
MONDAY, May 13, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- To treat, or not to treat: That remains one of the tough conundrums for men with prostate cancer and their doctors, because some tumors may be aggressive, while others may take decades to cause harm.

Now, new research suggests that tracking specific changes in the number of chromosomes inside prostate cancer cells might help s  ...more
Thursday, May 23, 2019
Do Doctors Give Better Care in the Morning?
FRIDAY, May 10, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Many people do their best work in the morning, and new research suggests the same may hold true for doctors.

The study, of nearly 53,000 primary care patients, found that doctors were more likely to order cancer screenings for patients seen early in the day, versus late afternoon.

During 8 a.m. appointments, doctors ordered  ...more
Thursday, May 23, 2019
Cover Up! Don't Soak Up Those Sun Rays
FRIDAY, May 10, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Only half of Americans routinely protect themselves from the sun when outdoors, a recent American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) survey found.

Those who don't practice sun safety put themselves at increased risk for skin cancer, which is the most common cancer in the United States, despite being one of the most preventable cance  ...more
Thursday, May 9, 2019
Antibiotic cocktail stops cancer cells from motoring by University of Salford
MAY 9, 2019
Antibiotic cocktail stops cancer cells from motoring
by University of Salford

Scientists in Salford, UK have found a way to make cancer stem cells reproduce defectively "like cars without engines".

Professor Michael Lisanti, of the University of Salford, said his team had successfully trialed a method of tricking the cells into manufacturing new cell  ...more
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