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Monday, October 15, 2018
3-D mammography detected 34% more breast cancers in screening
Oct. 15, 2018

In traditional mammography screening, all breast tissue is captured in a single image. Breast tomosynthesis, on the other hand, is three-dimensional and works according to the same principle as what is known as tomography.

This means that several low-dose X-ray images are taken of the breast from different angles, which are reconstructed by a comput  ...more
Monday, October 15, 2018
Bug Behind Stomach Cancer Also Linked to Colon Cancer
FRIDAY, Oct. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The same type of bacteria that causes stomach cancer may also increase colon cancer risk, especially in black Americans, a new study finds.

Researchers analyzed data from more than 4,000 colon or rectal cancer cases in the United States. They found a significant association between rates of these cancers and infection with a   ...more
Monday, October 15, 2018
Obesity Doubles Odds for Colon Cancer in Younger Women
THURSDAY, Oct. 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- While rates of colon cancer have declined among people 50 and older, they're on the rise for younger Americans. Now, new research suggests widening waistlines may be one reason why.

In the study, women aged 20 to 49 who were overweight or obese had up to twice the risk for colon cancer before age 50, compared with normal-we  ...more
Monday, October 15, 2018
Smoggy Air Tied to Higher Odds for Mouth Cancers
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Living in urban areas with heavy air pollution could increase your risk for mouth cancer, a new study says.

Middle-aged men living in 64 municipalities throughout Taiwan were more likely to develop oral cancer if they lived in places with high levels of air pollutants, the researchers report.

Those exposed to the highes  ...more
Monday, October 15, 2018
Don't Overlook Heart Care After Cancer Diagnosis
TUESDAY, Oct. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with the heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation are less likely to see a cardiologist or fill prescriptions for blood-thinning drugs if they've had cancer, a new study finds.

A-fib is an irregular, often rapid heart rate. Failure to take anti-clotting drugs can put these patients at increased risk of stroke, the r  ...more
Monday, October 15, 2018
Four Myths About Breast Cancer Debunked
TUESDAY, Oct. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- There are four common myths about breast cancer that can affect prevention and treatment of the most common type of cancer in American women, an oncologist says.
The first is believing you're not at risk because no one in your family has cancer.

"Less than 10 percent of breast cancers are linked to genetics or linked to gene  ...more
Monday, October 8, 2018
Breast Cancer Screening Just May Save Your Life
SUNDAY, Oct. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Breast cancer screening is the most reliable way to detect the disease when it's at an early stage and is most treatable, experts advise.

"Today, there is greater awareness of the disease, and breast cancer is being detected earlier through screening," said Dr. Kathryn Evers, senior radiologist and a professor of diagnostic im  ...more
Monday, October 8, 2018
Does Aspirin Help Prevent Liver Cancer?
FRIDAY, Oct. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Take two aspirins and reduce your risk of liver cancer? New research suggests this weekly routine might help.

The researchers found that taking two or more standard-dose (325 milligram) pills a week was associated with a 49 percent lower risk of liver cancer.

"Regular use of aspirin led to significantly lower risk of develo  ...more
Monday, October 8, 2018
Health Tip: Living With Cancer For Years
(HealthDay News) -- With all of the medical advances of the past decades, cancer is no longer an automatic death sentence, the American Cancer Society says.

Someone diagnosed with many forms of cancer today has a good chance of living with the disease for many years.

Some types of ovarian cancer, lymphoma and leukemia should be treated as chronic illnesses, in a s  ...more
Monday, October 8, 2018
More Preteens Need HPV Shots to Meet Public Health Goal
THURSDAY, Oct. 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Current rates of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination among preteens are too low to achieve goals set by the American Cancer Society, according to a new study.

The cancer society wants an 80 percent vaccination rate among 13-year-olds by 2026.

But this new report says an additional 14 million youngsters ages 11 to 12 w  ...more
Monday, October 8, 2018
Low-Dose Aspirin May Protect Against Ovarian Cancer: Study
THURSDAY, Oct. 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Regular use of low-dose aspirin may the reduce risk of ovarian cancer, a new study suggests.

Researchers analyzed data from more than 205,000 American women and found that those who reported recent, regular use of low-dose aspirin (defined as 100 milligrams or less) had a 23 percent lower risk of developing ovarian cancer th  ...more
Monday, October 8, 2018
Alzheimer's Gene Tied to 'Chemo Brain' in Breast Cancer Survivors
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Many older breast cancer patients might worry that they will be struck by "chemo brain" after their treatments, but a new study suggests that only those who carry a gene linked to Alzheimer's face that risk.

Researchers found that breast cancer survivors carrying the APOE4 gene who underwent chemotherapy were more likely to  ...more
Monday, October 8, 2018
Could Diet Affect Breast Cancer Risk?
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Like the human gut, the breast gland has a "microbiome" that's influenced by diet, new animal research suggests.

Although the findings are preliminary, scientists hope their work might someday improve the treatment and prevention of breast cancer.

"Being able to shift the breast microbiome through diet may offer a new ap  ...more
Monday, October 8, 2018
Type 2 Diabetes Tied to Raised Risk of Tumors, Cancer Deaths
TUESDAY, Oct. 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Type 2 diabetes is associated with an increased risk of developing cancer and dying from certain forms of the disease, a new study suggests.

However, the researchers noted, the absolute increased risk is low.
"Our findings do not suggest that everyone who has diabetes will go on to develop cancer in later life," said study l  ...more
Monday, October 1, 2018
Scientists report that cancer can be diagnosed and treated with MRI
October 1, 2018, National Research Nuclear University

Researchers from the National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (Russia) have recently developed a new type of contrast agent for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) based on biodegradable silicon nanoparticles. The method can be used for both diagnosing and treating cancer.

An MRI is a powerful biomedical diagnos  ...more
Monday, October 1, 2018
Chemotherapy patients are at risk from poor food safety practices at home
September 28, 2018

While chemotherapy is a gruelling form of treatment in itself, the reduced immune system function that it causes can leave patients at risk from pathogens too. These illnesses can be contracted from a range of sources, including food.

We know that people undergoing chemotherapy are at an increased risk of foodborne illness. In fact, food poisoni  ...more
Monday, October 1, 2018
HPV vaccination can play critical role in global prevention of cervical and genital cancers
n low-resource countries without well-developed screening programs, expanding access to human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccination is the best means of preventing cervical cancer and other diseases caused by HPV infection, according to an editorial in the October special issue of the Journal of Lower Genital Tract Disease, official journal of ASCCP.

"For countries witho  ...more
Monday, October 1, 2018
Aspirin could play valuable role as additional treatment for cancer
Regular use of aspirin could help in the treatment of some cancers, finds a new review of 71 medical studies.

The systematic review, which looked at the survival of 120,000 patients with cancer who took aspirin, compared with 400,000 patients who did not, showed that at any time following the diagnosis of some cancers the proportion of patients who were still alive w  ...more
Monday, October 1, 2018
Most People Don't Know if They Have Genetic Risk for Cancer
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) --
Most people carrying genes that put them at risk for cancer don't realize it, new research suggests.

Genetic screenings of more than 50,000 people found that more than 80 percent of those who carry a known gene variant for breast, ovarian, prostate or pancreatic cancer were unaware of their risk.

Researchers noted th  ...more
Monday, October 1, 2018
Breast cancer patients prefer knowing costs prior to starting treatment
September 25, 2018 by Sarah Avery, Duke University

Even when they had good health insurance coverage, women with breast cancer reported having financial worries related to their care, and the vast majority said they preferred to know about treatment costs at the time of diagnosis.

The findings from a study by Duke Cancer Institute researchers highlight the importa  ...more
Monday, October 1, 2018
Women with non-small cell lung cancers live longer than men, study shows
September 24, 2018, SWOG

Women diagnosed with non-small cell lung cancers (NSCLC) live longer than their male counterparts, according to results of a SWOG study presented today by Kathy Albain, MD, the Huizenga Family Endowed Chair in Oncology Research at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, at the International Association for the Study of Lung Canc  ...more
Monday, September 24, 2018
More Americans Are Recording Their Doctor Visits
FRIDAY, Sept. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) --
Have you ever left a doctor's appointment with only a vague idea of what was said? You're not alone: A new survey finds many Americans, and their doctors, are turning to recordings for help.

Researchers found that almost 30 percent of the doctors they surveyed had ever recorded a visit for a patient's use. And about 19 per  ...more
Thursday, September 20, 2018
5 Facts Every Woman Should Know About Ovarian Cancer
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The early symptoms of ovarian cancer are often confused with less serious issues, making successful treatment less likely, a cancer expert warns.

Ovarian cancer is called a "silent killer." That's because many women are diagnosed too late, said Dr. David Fishman of NewYork-Presbyterian Queens Hospital in New York City.
Thursday, September 20, 2018
Could the Zika Virus Fight the Brain Cancer That Killed John McCain?
TUESDAY, Sept. 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Preliminary research in mice suggests that the Zika virus might be turned from foe into friend -- enlisted to curb deadly glioblastoma brain tumors.

A glioblastoma is among the most lethal of brain cancers, killing more than 15,000 Americans each year. U.S. Senators John McCain and Ted Kennedy both succumbed to this cancer.  ...more
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Look for Early Signs of Thyroid Cancer, Experts Urge
SATURDAY, Sept. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Cases of thyroid cancer are on the rise in the United States, and experts want you to know how people at high risk for the disease can detect it early.

According to the American Cancer Society, 54,000 new cases will be diagnosed in the United States in 2018. And three out of four of these cases will be women. But anyone ca  ...more
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
No Short-Term Cancer Risk From Recalled Heart Med Valsartan: Study
THURSDAY, Sept. 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- People who took recalled blood pressure drugs containing a carcinogen do not appear to have a markedly increased short-term risk of cancer, a new study reports.
Doctors are reluctant to say they're fully in the clear, however.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration in July recalled valsartan medicines manufactured by the C  ...more
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Cancer Advances Rely on U.S. Funding: Report
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Almost two dozen new cancer treatments received U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval in the past year, a new report reveals.

These treatments include innovative immunotherapies that target cancer cells (called CAR T-cell therapies) and targeted radiotherapies, according to the report from the American Association fo  ...more
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Going Vegetarian to Cut Colon Cancer Risk
TUESDAY, Sept. 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- There's no disputing the fact that regular colonoscopies, now suggested to start at age 45 for those with an average risk of colorectal cancer, can help prevent the disease by finding -- and removing -- precancerous growths.

And a study of 77,000 adults published in JAMA Internal Medicine found that you can also lower your   ...more
Monday, September 10, 2018
Researchers unlock secret of deadly brain cancer's 'immortality'
September 10, 2018, University of California, San Francisco
UC San Francisco researchers have discovered how a mutation in a gene regulator called the TERT promoter—the third most common mutation among all human cancers and the most common mutation in the deadly brain cancer glioblastoma—confers "immortality" on tumor cells, enabling the unchecked cell division that po  ...more
Monday, September 10, 2018
Walking: Still the Starting Line for Fitness
THURSDAY, Sept. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Being physically active is one of the most important steps people of all ages can take to improve their health.

Yet despite everything we know about the benefits of exercise, only half of U.S. adults and only about a quarter of high school students get the amount recommended in national guidelines.

If you haven't gotten   ...more