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Monday, August 13, 2018
Childhood Brain Tumor Treatment May Hamper Adult Survivors
THURSDAY, Aug. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- More than half of adults who survived childhood brain and spinal cord cancers don't live fully independent lives, a new study finds.

Researchers at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., assessed more than 300 survivors in areas such as employment, marital status, ability to drive, independent living and ne  ...more
Monday, August 13, 2018
Frequent Skin Cancers May Signal Risk of Other Cancers, Too
THURSDAY, Aug. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- People who have frequent recurrences of a common skin cancer may be at increased risk of a range of other cancers, a new study suggests.

Researchers found the heightened risk among patients who'd had many bouts of basal cell carcinoma (BCC) -- a highly treatable form of skin cancer diagnosed in over 3 million Americans each   ...more
Monday, August 13, 2018
Catch-Up HPV Shots Work for Teen Girls
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccinations are effective for teen girls who didn't get the recommended shots when they were 11 or 12, researchers report.

The Kaiser Permanente study of more than 25,000 women aged 26 and younger found that those who got all three doses of the vaccinations between ages 14 and 20 were protected a  ...more
Monday, August 13, 2018
Triple-Negative Breast Cancer Genes ID'd
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- More genes associated with an increased risk of triple-negative breast cancer have been identified by researchers.

Until now, only mutations in the BRCA1 gene have been linked with this type of breast cancer.

"Triple-negative breast cancer is an aggressive type of cancer that cannot be treated using targeted therapies,"   ...more
Monday, August 13, 2018
Heart Monitoring a Must for Breast Cancer Patients on Herceptin
TUESDAY, Aug. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The widely used chemotherapy drug trastuzumab (Herceptin) can be life-saving for women with HER2-positive breast cancer, a particularly aggressive form of the disease.

But new research now adds to mounting evidence that the treatment can take a toll on the heart, increasing the risk for heart failure.

The complication is u  ...more
Monday, August 13, 2018
The Dark Side of Sunless Tanning
FRIDAY, Aug. 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Don't kid yourself that using a sunless tanning product will prevent skin cancer.

Unless you're willing to stop sunbathing altogether, you're still at risk for skin damage, researchers report.

"For the most part, adults who use sunless tanning products continue to engage in risky tanning behaviors," said study leader Matthe  ...more
Thursday, August 9, 2018
For Women Worldwide, Lung Cancers Rise as Breast Cancers Decline
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- As women around the world wage war against cancer, good news on the breast cancer front is tempered by predictions that lung cancer deaths could rise more than 40 percent.

Researchers in Spain reported that between 2015 and 2030, lung cancer deaths among women worldwide will likely increase 43 percent.

During that same p  ...more
Wednesday, August 1, 2018
To Boost Colon Cancer Screening, Use the Mail
TUESDAY, July 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Colon cancer is treatable if caught early. And sending screening tests in the mail might boost timely detection, a new study suggests.

University of North Carolina (UNC) researchers found that Medicaid patients were more likely to get screened if they received stool-testing kits by mail instead of just reminders.

"There h  ...more
Wednesday, August 1, 2018
Sun's Harms Rise After Organ Transplant
MONDAY, July 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Organ transplant recipients are at increased risk for skin cancer and need to protect themselves, a dermatologist warns.

"Individuals who receive organ transplants need to take immunosuppressive medications for the rest of their lives, and this makes it more difficult for their bodies to fight disease, including skin cancer,"  ...more
Wednesday, August 1, 2018
Gyms With Tanning Beds Send Mixed Messag
FRIDAY, July 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Gym rats are trying to get healthy. So why do so many U.S. gyms have tanning beds, researchers want to know.

Since indoor tanning raises the risk of skin cancer, this common combo sends a conflicting message to gym users, University of Connecticut researchers say.

"By pairing exercise with tanning beds, gyms send the messa  ...more
Wednesday, August 1, 2018
3-Pronged Approach to Cancer Prevention
THURSDAY, July 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Need another reason to improve your diet and start exercising? Doing so could help ward off cancer, a new study finds.

"Keep in mind that every lifestyle factor counts and it is never too late to adopt a healthy lifestyle," said study co-author Bernard Srour, of the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research.   ...more
Wednesday, August 1, 2018
Too Few Americans Getting Screened for Cancer: CDC
THURSDAY, July 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Routine checks for breast, prostate, cervical and colon cancer save lives, but screening rates for all but colon cancer have stalled in recent years, U.S. health officials report.

According to the new U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study, the number of Americans getting recommended cancer screening remains   ...more
Wednesday, August 1, 2018
Why Are Doctors Removing Too Many Thyroids?
WEDNESDAY, July 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- More Americans than ever are being diagnosed with thyroid cancer, and most are having the entire gland removed in response.

But that is an overreaction to a cancer that likely will not kill most people who are diagnosed with it, two doctors argue in a new report.

Most cases of thyroid cancer could be treated either by p  ...more
Wednesday, August 1, 2018
Your Sunscreen May Not Be as Protective as You Think
WEDNESDAY, July 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Many people apply sunscreen too thinly, and that could mean far less sun protection than they hoped for, new research shows.

So, it might be a good idea to use sunscreens with a higher sun-protection factor (SPF) to begin with, the British researchers advised.

"What this research shows is that the way sunscreen is appli  ...more
Wednesday, August 1, 2018
Obamacare May Have Helped More Women Spot Cancer Early
MONDAY, July 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Earlier diagnosis of gynecologic cancers is on the rise among young women in the United States because more of them have health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, a new study maintains.

Each year, about 2,000 U.S. women under age 26 are diagnosed with a gynecologic cancer -- including cervical, ovarian, uterine, vaginal  ...more
Monday, July 23, 2018
Many Struggle With High Cost of Breast Cancer Care
MONDAY, July 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The cost of treatment for early stage breast cancer can be devastating for many patients, but they get little guidance or help from their doctors, a new study suggests.

"We have made a lot of progress in breast cancer treatment, which is wonderful. But this study shows we are only part of the way to our goal. We must now turn  ...more
Monday, July 23, 2018
Study Confirms Added Cancer Risk for Diabetics, Especially Women
FRIDAY, July 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The increased risk of cancer in people with diabetes is higher for women than men, a new study finds.

Previous research identified the link between diabetes and cancer risk, but this study looked at whether that risk differs between men and women.

The takeaway: Among people with diabetes, women have a 6 percent higher risk  ...more
Monday, July 23, 2018
Cancer Survival Drops With Complementary Therapy: Study 0 Comments
THURSDAY, July 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- People with curable cancers who try "complementary therapy" often refuse some part of standard care. And they may die as a result, researchers say.

U.S. cancer patients increasingly use complementary medicine -- a combination of standard care along with therapies that fall outside of mainstream medicine (such as acupuncture  ...more
Monday, July 23, 2018
Could an Early Supper Lower Breast, Prostate Cancer Risk?
WEDNESDAY, July 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Having a late dinner and heading straight to bed may boost your risk of breast or prostate cancer, a new study suggests.

Spanish researchers analyzed data from 621 prostate cancer patients and 1,205 breast cancer patients, as well as 872 men and 1,321 women without these cancers.

People who ate their evening meal before  ...more
Monday, July 23, 2018
Hidden Blood in Feces May Signal Deadly Conditions
MONDAY, July 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Even if it's not visible to the naked eye, blood in the stool can be serious -- a sign of a potentially fatal disease other than colon cancer, new research suggests.

This could include circulatory, respiratory, digestive, blood, hormonal or neuropsychological diseases, the Scottish scientists said.

A test that picks up uns  ...more
Monday, July 23, 2018
Health Tip: Take Care of Yourself During Radiation Therapy
(HealthDay News) -- Radiation therapy to help fight cancer may be physically and emotionally draining.

It's important to get plenty of sleep, eat a healthy and balanced diet and to stay as healthy as possible during your treatments.

The American Cancer Society recommends:

Get enough sleep. This may include naps during the day, as fatigue can be a major side  ...more
Monday, July 16, 2018
HPV Shot Eliminates Advanced Skin Cancer in 97-Year-Old
FRIDAY, July 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Two years ago, Ian McKenzie thought his mom's remaining days were dwindling.

The 97-year-old woman had developed a severe case of what was thought to be an untreatable form of squamous cell carcinoma, the second leading form of skin cancer.

Lesions had developed over much of her right leg, in such numbers and size that che  ...more
Monday, July 16, 2018
Immune-Based Therapy May Help When Melanoma Spreads to Brain
THURSDAY, July 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A type of therapy that harnesses the immune system is giving new hope to people battling a once hopeless cancer -- melanoma that's spread to the brain.

New research involving more than 2,700 U.S. patients is confirming what specialists in the field have long known -- that "checkpoint blockade" treatment can beat back these   ...more
Monday, July 16, 2018
Health Tip: If You're 45 or Older, Get Screened for Colorectal Cancer
(HealthDay News) -- The American Cancer Society's new colorectal cancer screening guidelines recommend that people at average risk start screening at age 45. That's a drop of five years from the former guidelines, which recommended the first screening at age 50.

In lowering the age recommendation, the society cited rising numbers of colorectal cancer cases among youn  ...more
Monday, July 16, 2018
Health Tip: Travel Tips For Women With Breast Prosthesis
(HealthDay News) -- After a mastectomy, many women prefer to wear a prosthesis, in lieu of reconstructive surgery.

The prosthesis often is made of silicone gel or foam, and will be placed inside a bra or directly on a woman's chest.

Sometimes. a prosthesis can pose difficulties when traveling by plane.

The Susan G. Komen Foundation suggests:

Get to the a  ...more
Thursday, July 12, 2018
How to Use Sunscreens the Right Way
TUESDAY, July 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Stick or spray-on sunscreens are essential tools against skin cancer, but it's important to use them the right way, a dermatologist says.

"Sticks are easy for under the eyes and the backs of the hands, while spray sunscreens are often easier to apply on children," Dr. Debra Wattenberg said in an American Academy of Dermatolo  ...more
Thursday, July 12, 2018
Infertility, Not Fertility Drugs, Linked to Raised Risk of Ovarian Cancer
FRIDAY, July 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Fertility drugs do not increase a woman's risk of ovarian cancer, a new study suggests.

It did find that infertility itself is associated with an increased risk of ovarian cancer.

The researchers examined data from more than 58,000 women in Denmark who had infertility treatments (ART, or assisted reproduction technology) be  ...more
Thursday, July 12, 2018
850 Million People Worldwide Have Kidney Disease
THURSDAY, July 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Kidney disease is a "hidden epidemic" affecting more than 850 million people worldwide, renal experts say.

That's twice the number of diabetics (422 million) and more than 20 times the number of people with cancer (42 million) or HIV/AIDS (36.7 million).

But most people don't realize that kidney disease is a major health   ...more
Thursday, July 12, 2018
Is the Pap Smear On the Way Out?
TUESDAY, July 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The Pap test, used for over 50 years to spot the early signs of cervical cancer, may soon become a thing of the past, new research suggests.

Its replacement? The human papillomavirus (HPV) test. Nearly all cervical cancer cases are linked to HPV infection, and HPV testing detected pre-cancers earlier and more accurately than   ...more
Thursday, July 12, 2018
Surgeons Make the Call on Gene Tests for Breast Cancer Patients
TUESDAY, July 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- When it comes to genetic testing for breast cancer patients, their surgeons wield great influence on that decision, new research shows.

Genetic testing can provide important information that might affect treatment choices for breast cancer, but previous research shows that only about half of women who could benefit received s  ...more
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