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Thursday, February 8, 2018
Researchers uncover how cancer stem cells drive triple-negative breast cancer
February 8, 2018, Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland Clinic researchers have published findings in Nature Communications on a new stem cell pathway that allows a highly aggressive form of breast cancer - triple-negative breast cancer - to thrive.

Hormone therapy for breast cancer blocks cancer cells from interacting with hormones such as estrogen and progesterone, which f  ...more
Thursday, February 8, 2018
Cancer-Causing HPV Can Hide in the Throat
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Human papilloma virus (HPV) could be lurking in your throat.

It's known that strains of the virus can cause cervical cancer. And the virus can also cause certain forms of head and neck cancer, according to researchers from the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York.

Testing can detect HPV before it leads to c  ...more
Thursday, February 8, 2018
Melanoma Rates Rising for Boomers, Falling Among Young
MONDAY, Feb. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- It looks like public health efforts to warn younger Americans about the dangers of tanning beds and sun exposure are paying off.

Rates of the deadly skin cancer known as melanoma have dropped among Americans aged 15 to 44, a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows.

Unfortunately, baby boome  ...more
Thursday, February 8, 2018
Cellphones Pose Little Cancer Risk, Studies Suggest
MONDAY, Feb. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Your odds for getting cancer from your cellphone are slim -- but U.S. government researchers report that they can't completely rule out the possibility.

Two new studies conducted by the National Toxicology Program (NTP) exposed rodents to radiofrequency radiation levels equal to or higher than those emitted during regular cell  ...more
Thursday, February 8, 2018
Exercise May Help Lung Cancer Surgery Go More Smoothly
FRIDAY, Feb. 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Lung cancer patients can halve their risk of postop complications by taking up an exercise program before their surgery, a new report suggests.

For the study, researchers analyzed reports on 13 clinical trials that included a total of over 800 people who had surgery for cancer. The patients had been treated for cancer of the b  ...more
Thursday, February 8, 2018
Breast Cancer Treatment Can Be Tough on the Heart
THURSDAY, Feb. 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Certain breast cancer treatments may take a toll on the heart, but women can take steps to minimize the risks, according to a new report from the American Heart Association.

It's well-known that treatments such as chest radiation and certain drugs can damage the heart, sometimes leading to chronic heart disease. The AHA repo  ...more
Thursday, February 1, 2018
Cancer 'Vaccine' Rids Body of Multiple Cancer Types -- in Mice
WEDNESDAY, Jan. 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Could a cancer "vaccine" fight more than one kind of malignancy?

A new study in mice suggests it's possible: A shot containing two compounds that stimulate the immune system was injected directly into tumors and killed those cancer cells.

Not only that, it also destroyed rogue cells from the tumors that had already trav  ...more
Thursday, February 1, 2018
Health Tip: Select the Right Cancer Team
(HealthDay News) --Jan. 31, 2018
If you've been diagnosed with cancer, choosing the medical team that will treat you is a hugely important decision.

The American Cancer Society offers these suggestions:

Ask the doctor who diagnoses you where he or she would recommend going for treatment.
Consult with family and friends who have had cancer to see what th  ...more
Thursday, February 1, 2018
Nicotine in E-Cigarettes Might Cause Cancers, Mouse Study Suggests
MONDAY, Jan. 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The nicotine in e-cigarettes seems to damage DNA in ways that may increase cancer risk, a new study in mice suggests.

The damage was seen both to DNA and its ability to repair itself, making cells more likely to mutate and develop into cancer, said lead researcher Moon-shong Tang, a professor of environmental medicine at New   ...more
Thursday, February 1, 2018
Extra Body Fat May Raise Breast Cancer Risk, No Matter Your Weight
FRIDAY, Jan. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Older women who carry some extra body fat may face a heightened risk of breast cancer -- even if their weight is normal, a new study finds.

"This suggests women should not just concentrate on weight," said Mia Gaudet, strategic director of breast and gynecologic cancer research for the American Cancer Society.

"Instead, th  ...more
Thursday, February 1, 2018
What Might Make Prostate Cancer's Return More Likely?
FRIDAY, Jan. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Obesity and other health problems may boost the chances of cancer returning after a man has his prostate removed, a new study finds.

"Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, and up to 30 percent of patients will develop recurrence after [prostate removal]," said study author Dr. Arash Samiei, of Allegheny Health Net  ...more
Thursday, February 1, 2018
New Treatments Tackling Tough Lung Cancer
THURSDAY, Jan. 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Medical advances have led to "enormous" progress in treatments for the leading type of lung cancer, a new report shows.

Lung cancer kills about 1.6 million people worldwide each year. The type known as non-small cell lung cancer accounts for about 85 percent of lung cancer cases.

"Progress has been enormous in the past 2  ...more
Thursday, January 25, 2018
Tobacco's Harms May Come Sooner Than Smokers Think
TUESDAY, Jan. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Smokers often think their habit won't have health consequences until far into the future, a small survey suggests.

Researchers found that compared with nonsmokers, those who smoke generally believe that any health problems -- from yellow teeth to lung cancer -- would strike later in life.

It's a perception, researchers sa  ...more
Thursday, January 25, 2018
Spending More on Health Care? Here's Why
TUESDAY, Jan. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Americans spent more on health care in 2016, even though their use of health care did not increase, and rising costs are the reason why, a new report shows.

"It is time to have a national conversation on the role of price increases in the growth of health care spending," said Niall Brennan, president of the Health Care Cost   ...more
Thursday, January 25, 2018
Workouts May Boost Life Span After Breast Cancer
MONDAY, Jan. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Longer survival after breast cancer may be as simple as staying fit, new research shows.

In the new study, regular exercise appeared to reduce breast cancer survivors' risk of heart disease, diabetes and possibly even the odds for breast cancer's return.

One breast cancer specialist said the findings should give survivors   ...more
Thursday, January 25, 2018
Quick Test Could Spot Precursor to Esophageal Cancer
FRIDAY, Jan. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A pill-sized device that you swallow might help detect a change in the esophagus that can lead to a deadly form of cancer, researchers are reporting.

The esophagus is the tube that carries food from your mouth to your stomach. And the change that occurs in the esophagus, known as Barrett's esophagus, usually results from long  ...more
Friday, January 19, 2018
These Foods May Up Your Odds for Colon Cancer
THURSDAY, Jan. 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Chowing down on red meat, white bread and sugar-laden drinks might increase your long-term risk of colon cancer, a new study suggests.

These foods all increase inflammation in your body, and the inflammation they cause is associated with a higher chance of developing colon cancer, according to pooled data from two major hea  ...more
Friday, January 19, 2018
The Pill Lowers Ovarian Cancer Risk, Even for Smokers
THURSDAY, Jan. 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- It's known that use of the birth control pill is tied to lower odds for ovarian cancer, but new research shows the benefit extends to smokers or women who are obese.

According to the study from the U.S. National Cancer Institute, these trends were also observed for endometrial cancer as well.

Long-term use of the pill wa  ...more
Friday, January 19, 2018
Obamacare Led to Rise in Breast Cancer Screening
THURSDAY, Jan. 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- More American women started getting recommended mammography screening after an "Obamacare" rule made the tests free, a new study finds.

The rule meant that Medicare and most private insurers could no longer require women to foot part of the bill -- whether through copays or requiring them to pay a deductible first.

After  ...more
Friday, January 19, 2018
Could a Blood Test Spot Early Stage Colon Cancer?
THURSDAY, Jan. 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A simple, cheap blood test to detect colon cancer -- even in its early stages -- appears highly effective and accurate, new research indicates.

The test detects so-called "circulating tumor cells" (CTCs). Researchers tested it on 620 people in Taiwan who were scheduled for a routine colonoscopy at a local hospital.

By co  ...more
Friday, January 19, 2018
Health Tip: Perform Regular Skin Checks
(HealthDay News) -- Many skin cancers can be found early if you perform regular skin checks at home, the American Cancer Society says.

The best time to do a monthly exam is right after a bath or shower. You should check for any new or changed moles, blemishes or birthmarks.

Here are the Cancer Society's suggestions for performing a skin check:

Face a mirror  ...more
Friday, January 19, 2018
BRCA Breast Cancer Gene Doesn't Affect Patient Survival: Study
FRIDAY, Jan. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Young breast cancer patients with a BRCA gene mutation have the same chances of survival after treatment as those without the mutation, a new study finds.

BRCA mutations are inherited and increase the risk of breast and ovarian cancers. Between 45 percent and 90 percent of women with a BRCA mutation develop breast cancer, com  ...more
Friday, January 19, 2018
Many Lung Cancer Patients Aren't Getting Best Treatment: Study
WEDNESDAY, Jan. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Chemotherapy and radiation are the standard of care for small-cell lung cancer that hasn't spread to other parts of the body. But many patients don't receive these treatments, a new study indicates.

This less-than-optimal care is reducing survival rates, according to researchers from the University of Texas MD Anderson Can  ...more
Friday, January 19, 2018
Screening, Treatment Cuts Breast Cancer Deaths in Half
TUESDAY, Jan. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Breakthroughs in breast cancer screening and treatment have slashed the percentage of women dying from the disease, a new analysis reveals.

"Advances in screening and treatment are saving lives," said lead researcher Sylvia Plevritis, a professor of radiology and biomedical data science at the Stanford University School of Me  ...more
Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Working Night Shift May Raise Women's Odds for Cancer
MONDAY, Jan. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Women who pull the night shift regularly might be at greater risk for a number of cancers, new research suggests.

"Our study indicates that night-shift work serves as a risk factor for common cancers in women," said study author Xuelei Ma. He is an oncologist in the State Key Laboratory of Biotherapy and Cancer Center at West   ...more
Tuesday, January 9, 2018
How to Get Your Health on Track for 2018
SATURDAY, Jan. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- For those still open to adding to their list of New Year's resolutions, the American Medical Association (AMA) is offering its top 10 healthy suggestions.

First, Americans should make an effort to cut back on sugary drinks, medical experts advise. Diabetes screening is also a good proactive step as the new year unfolds. The   ...more
Monday, January 8, 2018
Best Ways to Quit Smoking, Cut Your Lung Cancer Risk
FRIDAY, Jan. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- While there is no sure way to avoid lung cancer, there are steps you can take to reduce your risk.

Smoking contributes to 80 to 90 percent of lung cancer deaths, according to the American Lung Association.

Men who smoke have a 23 times increased risk of lung cancer. And exposure to secondhand smoke causes approximately 7,33  ...more
Monday, January 8, 2018
Medicinal Cream May Help Stop Skin Cancer's Return
FRIDAY, Jan. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- For people who've battled certain common forms of skin cancer, use of a generic cream called 5-FU may greatly reduce the odds that the disease will come back, new research shows.

The study tracked outcomes for just over 930 U.S. veterans who averaged 70 years of age. All had already been diagnosed with a minimum of two basal c  ...more
Monday, January 8, 2018
U.S. Cancer Deaths Steadily Dropping: Report
THURSDAY, Jan. 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Better cancer detection and treatments, not to mention lots of people quitting smoking, have fueled a 20-year drop in deaths from the disease, a new report shows.

That means more than 2 million lives have been saved, the American Cancer Society statistics indicate.

"It's pretty staggering that 2.4 million deaths have been  ...more
Monday, January 8, 2018
Keep Your New Year's Resolutions, Lower Your Cancer Risk
THURSDAY, Jan. 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- People who stick to their New Year's resolutions to be healthier this year might not just feel better but also reduce their risk for cancer, a new study suggests.

In fact, their chances of developing cancer could drop by 33 percent, the researchers said.

"The take-home message is that healthy behaviors can have a truly ta  ...more
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