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Stupid Cancer's mobile app connects you to a network of peers who understand what you're going through. They've been there, too. You have a right to  ...more
Friday, June 22, 2018
More Body Fat Might Lower Odds of Breast Cancer in Younger Women
THURSDAY, June 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A new international review suggests that having more body fat may protect premenopausal women from developing some types of breast cancer.

"We found strong evidence of an inverse association of body mass index [BMI] with risk of breast cancer diagnosis before menopause, with lower breast cancer rates among women who were he  ...more
Friday, June 22, 2018
More Evidence That Vaping May Help Some Smokers Quit
THURSDAY, June 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- There's new research suggesting that a switch over to e-cigarettes can help cigarette smokers kick their habit -- even if initially they didn't intend to.

The small British study of 40 people "found that vaping may support long-term smoking abstinence," lead researcher Dr. Caitlin Notley, of Norwich Medical School, at the U  ...more
Friday, June 22, 2018
When Reconstructing a Breast, Patient's Own Tissue Is Best
WEDNESDAY, June 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- For women who have their breast removed while fighting cancer, using their own tissue for breast reconstruction is better than implants, a new study suggests.

More than 60 percent of women who undergo breast removal to treat breast cancer decide to have breast reconstruction, and that rate is rising. But the researchers sa  ...more
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
How Much Drinking Is Healthy -- or Not?
TUESDAY, June 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- People who have a few drinks a week tend to live a bit longer than teetotalers do -- but even moderate drinking may raise the risk of certain cancers, a large, new study finds.

The research is the latest to look at the question: What level of drinking might be "healthy"?

It's a complicated issue to study, and that's led t  ...more
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
'Kiss of death' cancer: How computational geeks may have uncovered a therapy for a deadly disease
It's called the 'kiss of death'. Triple negative breast cancer has no targeted drug therapy and, as such, the only hope for these patients is chemotherapy. Triple negative breast cancer is aggressive and deadly. Patients are currently treated by chemotherapy but there is no guarantee of success—and unfortunately, for those that chemotherapy does not work, the survival r  ...more
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Healthful Grilling Is as Simple as 1, 2, 3, 4
SUNDAY, June 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- While some might be wary about the cancer risks of searing a steak on a flaming grill, a few simple changes can lower that risk, a nutritionist advises.

Cooking beef, pork, fish or poultry over high temperatures can lead to the formation of chemicals that can trigger changes in your DNA that increase the risk of cancer.

"I  ...more
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Liver Cancer a Big Threat to U.S., Other Developed Nations
FRIDAY, June 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Liver cancer cases in several developed countries have doubled in the past 25 years, due to the continuing obesity epidemic and a spike in hepatitis infections, new research suggests.

Even worse, the sharp rise in liver cancer cases is starting to swamp the limited number of liver specialists in those nations, the researchers  ...more
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Strategies to Avoid Sunburn
FRIDAY, June 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If you could protect yourself from cancer, you'd do it, right? Yet most Americans still aren't taking the easiest step to prevent the most commonly diagnosed type -- skin cancer, which will affect one in five people at some point in their lives.

Only 14 percent of American men and 30 percent of women regularly use sunscreen w  ...more
Friday, June 15, 2018
Childhood Cancer Impacts Mental Health
WEDNESDAY, June 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Children with neuroblastoma, a pediatric cancer of nerve cells, are vulnerable to mental health and behavioral problems, a new study finds.
Neuroblastoma is diagnosed at a median age of 17.3 months. Treatment advances have prolonged survival for many patients, the study authors said.
This study included 859 children younger  ...more
Friday, June 15, 2018
Balanced Diet May Be Key to Cancer Survival
TUESDAY, June 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Eating a nutritionally balanced high-quality diet may lower a cancer patient's risk of dying by as much as 65 percent, new research suggests.
The finding that total diet, rather than specific nutritional components, can affect a cancer patient's prognosis "was particularly surprising to us," said the study's lead author, Ashis  ...more
Friday, June 15, 2018
Study Sees Financial Windfall If More Americans Ate Healthful Foods
SUNDAY, June 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If more Americans ate healthier diets, the nation could save tens of billions of dollars in health care costs for major problems such as heart disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes, strokes, hip fractures and Alzheimer's disease.
That's the conclusion of a new study in which researchers assessed different scenarios and determined th  ...more
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Got a preexisting condition? The Trump administration wants insurers to deny you coverage
Los Angeles Times

June 11, 2018 06:44 PM

In its latest effort to undermine the Affordable Care Act — and in the process, raise premiums for many Americans — the Trump administration is urging a federal judge in Texas to throw out the law’s protections for people with preexisting conditions.

In other words, the administration wants insurers to be   ...more
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Antiviral Treatments Reduce Cancer Risk for HIV Patients
MONDAY, June 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Long-term antiviral treatment cuts the risk of cancer in HIV patients as they age, a new study says.

People with HIV are at increased risk for both AIDS-related cancers (Kaposi sarcoma, non-Hodgkin lymphoma or invasive cervical cancer) and non-AIDS-related cancers (lung and larynx cancer, melanoma and leukemia).

Antiretrov  ...more
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
New DNA Test May Predict Prostate Cancer Risk
MONDAY, June 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A new genetic test can identify men most likely to develop prostate cancer, a new report contends.

According to the new study, the scientists identified 63 new genetic variants associated with increased risk of prostate cancer, and combined them with more than 100 previously identified variants to create the new test.

The   ...more
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Colonoscopies, Endoscopies Carry Greater Infection Risk Than Thought: Study
WEDNESDAY, June 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Getting a colonoscopy or an endoscopy may be riskier than you thought.

Researchers report that the rate of infections following these procedures at outpatient ambulatory surgery centers could be 100 times higher than previously believed, a new study finds.

Bacterial infections such as E. coli and Klebsiella can strike 1   ...more
Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Breakthrough Therapy Seems to Rid Woman of Advanced Breast Cancer
TUESDAY, June 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Judy Perkins was 49 and battling breast cancer that had spread, but chemotherapy and hormone treatments had failed to rein in her disease. So, her doctors tried a highly sophisticated, but experimental, immunotherapy.

It worked beyond their wildest expectations: Her body was cleared of all signs of cancer. And the research te  ...more
Wednesday, June 6, 2018
New Treatments May Extend Pancreatic Cancer Survival
MONDAY, June 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Innovative ways of using chemotherapy can significantly extend the lives of patients with pancreatic cancer, one of the most deadly cancers known, two new clinical trials report.

A four-drug chemo "cocktail" extended surgical patients' lives by nearly two years over the current standard single-drug chemo regimen for pancreatic  ...more
Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Drug May Spare Some Kidney Cancer Patients From Organ Removal
MONDAY, June 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Many people with advanced kidney cancer might not need to have their kidneys removed during treatment, something that until now has been standard practice.

Patients who only received a targeted drug for their kidney cancer survived just as well as those who had their cancerous organ removed before drug therapy, according to a   ...more
Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Cancer Drug Keytruda a New Weapon Against Advanced Lung Tumors
SUNDAY, June 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A cancer drug that boosts the immune system outperforms chemotherapy in fighting advanced lung cancer, a new trial shows.

Keytruda (pembrolizumab) extended life four to eight months longer than chemotherapy in lung cancer patients whose immune systems had been duped by their cancer cells.

"This trial shows that pembrolizuma  ...more
Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Experimental Drug Shows 'Modest' Benefit in Slowing Advanced Breast Cancer
SATURDAY, June 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A new and highly targeted drug slowed the growth of advanced breast cancers by about an average of two months, researchers report.

"The findings in this study show a modest benefit to a subgroup of women with estrogen receptor-positive tumors," said Dr. Stephanie Bernik, a breast cancer specialist who wasn't involved in the   ...more
Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Cancer Care Twice as Costly in U.S. Versus Canada
FRIDAY, June 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- What a difference a border makes, when it comes to the cost of cancer care.

Common chemotherapy for advanced colorectal cancer costs twice as much in Washington state as it does a short walk across the Canadian border into British Columbia, researchers report.

A month's worth of chemotherapy cost $12,345 on the U.S. side of  ...more
Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Blacks With Prostate Cancer May Fare Better Than Whites
FRIDAY, June 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Black men with advanced prostate cancer who get chemotherapy may live longer than white men, a new study suggests.

Data from nine trials including more than 8,000 men with advanced prostate cancer showed that survival for black men was initially the same as for white men -- an average of 21 months.

But after taking into acc  ...more
Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Many Breast Cancer Survivors Not Getting Needed Mammograms
THURSDAY, May 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- After surviving a diagnosis of breast cancer, women still need regular screening. But many of them, especially black women, aren't getting the mammograms they need, a new study finds.

It's essential to screen for a return of cancer so it can be treated before symptoms appear, the researchers explained.

"The use of regular  ...more
Monday, May 28, 2018
Defects in DNA damage repair can drive treatment resistance in estrogen receptor positive breast cancers
May 28, 2018, Baylor College of Medicine

DNA is the warehouse of genetic information in each living cell, and its integrity and stability are essential to life. This stability and integrity is maintained by DNA damage repair machinery. In a study published in Clinical Cancer Research, a research team at Baylor College of Medicine found that defects in selective DNA d  ...more
Monday, May 28, 2018
How to Do a Self-Check for Skin Cancer
SATURDAY, May 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Learning how to do a skin self-exam could save your life.

"Skin cancer is one of the few cancers you can see with the naked eye," said Dr. Ali Hendi, an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

"Yet sadly, many people don't know how to be their own hero when i  ...more
Monday, May 28, 2018
Here Comes the Sun, and Kid Sun Safety
FRIDAY, May 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Summer sun brings childhood fun, but experts warn it also brings skin cancer dangers, even for kids.

"Don't assume children cannot get skin cancer because of their age," said Dr. Alberto Pappo, director of the solid tumor division at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. "Unlike other cancers, the conventiona  ...more
Monday, May 28, 2018
Low-Fat Diet Tied to Better Breast Cancer Survival
THURSDAY, May 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Breast cancer patients who adopted a low-fat diet were more likely to survive for at least a decade after diagnosis, compared to patients who ate fattier fare, new research shows.

The study has "found yet another health benefit to eating a low-fat diet, and more fruits and vegetables," said lead researcher Dr. Rowan Chlebows  ...more
Monday, May 28, 2018
Another Foe for the U.S. Military: Skin Cancer
THURSDAY, May 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- For U.S. military personnel, deployment carries many dangers. And besides the well-known threats they face, these men and women are also at a higher-than-average risk for skin cancer, including potentially deadly melanoma, a new research review suggests.

Two military groups face a particularly high risk: white service member  ...more
Monday, May 28, 2018
Heavier Women May Face Higher Cancer Risks, Study Finds
THURSDAY, May 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Excessive weight gain is never a good idea for health. Now, new research supports the notion that putting on pounds raises cancer risks for middle-aged women.

The study, which tracked more than 137,000 Norwegian women for 18 years, found that the odds of developing certain cancers rose as waistlines expanded.

The take-hom  ...more
Monday, May 28, 2018
Lung Cancer Rate Now Higher in Young Women Than Young Men
WEDNESDAY, May 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- In a reversal of historical patterns, lung cancer is now more common among young U.S. women than men, a new study finds.

The good news, researchers found, is that over the past two decades, lung cancer rates among 35- to 54-year-old Americans have dropped across the board. But the decline has been steeper among men so that   ...more