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Saturday, April 21, 2018
Colon cancer survival varies by insurance type
April 20, 2018 (HealthDay)

Compared to patients with private insurance, colon cancer survival is lower for patients with no insurance or with Medicaid, according to a study published in the May issue of Diseases of the Colon & Rectum.

Dianne Pulte, M.D., from the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg, and colleagues examined survival for patients with colon  ...more
Saturday, April 21, 2018
Health Tip: Screening for Cancer in Older Adults
(HealthDay News) -- Though a healthy diet and exercising regularly will help prevent cancer as you age, you shouldn't ignore cancer screening tests, the American Cancer Society warns.

Otherwise, you may not realize that you have the disease until it's too late, the society says, stressing that early-stage cancer doesn't always have obvious symptoms.

The ACS recomm  ...more
Saturday, April 21, 2018
Could a Tattoo Someday Spot Your Cancer?
THURSDAY, April 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Tattoos serve many purposes, perhaps expressing artistry, loyalty or love. Now, scientists working with mice say they've engineered a medical "tattoo" that can screen for early signs of major disease.

The biomedical tattoo is made up of cells embedded with sensors that measure levels of blood calcium.

It's initially inv  ...more
Saturday, April 21, 2018
Marriage Means 'I Do' for Skin Cancer Detection
WEDNESDAY, April 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A walk down the aisle may be a healthy step to better skin cancer detection.

New research shows that simply by being married, people increase their odds that a melanoma -- the most deadly form of skin cancer -- will be spotted early, when it's most treatable.

The reason? A husband or wife may help "by assisting in iden  ...more
Saturday, April 21, 2018
Some Blood Pressure Meds Tied to Pancreatic Cancer Risk in Women
TUESDAY, April 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Certain drugs prescribed to treat high blood pressure may boost a woman's risk for developing pancreatic cancer after menopause, new research suggests.

In a large study of postmenopausal women, those who had ever taken a short-acting calcium channel blocker (CCB) saw their pancreatic cancer risk shoot up by 66 percent.

...more
Saturday, April 21, 2018
Drug Keytruda May Help Block Melanoma's Return
MONDAY, April 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Taking the drug Keytruda after surgery for advanced melanoma significantly reduced patients' risk of their cancer returning, a new study found.

Last May, Keytruda (pembrolizumab) became the first ever drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to fight cancers based on specific tumor genetics, rather than where i  ...more
Saturday, April 21, 2018
Busting Myths Surrounding Cancer and Genetic Testing
FRIDAY, April 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- While only 5 percent to 10 percent of cancers are caused by an inherited gene mutation, genetic testing may benefit people with a strong history of family cancer, an expert in genetics suggests.

This is especially true in families with a history of breast, ovarian, prostate or pancreatic cancers (especially if you are of Ash  ...more
Saturday, April 21, 2018
Want to Help Beat Colon Cancer? Live Healthy
THURSDAY, April 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- More than 1.3 million Americans are diagnosed with colon cancer, but new research suggests that adopting a healthy lifestyle goes a long way toward boosting survival.

The study followed nearly 1,000 patients with advanced colon cancer for an average of seven years.

It found that people who ate right and exercised had a   ...more
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
There's a better way to screen for cervical cancer
April 11, 2018, Oxford University Press

A new study in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, published by Oxford University Press, indicates that high-quality cervical cancer screening can be done effectively using a completely automated approach. The researchers involved in the study indicate that automated technology could increase cervical screening covera  ...more
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
New class of drugs could help tackle treatment-resistant cancers
April 10, 2018 by Hayley Dunning, Imperial College London

Researchers have discovered a new class of drug that has the potential to help cancer patients who no longer respond to existing therapies.

The drug may not become available to patients for a number of years yet, but researchers believe that if clinical trials are successful, it could be used to tackle a va  ...more
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Belly Fat Tied to Lower Kidney Cancer Survival Odds in Women
MONDAY, April 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Belly fat reduces a woman's chances for surviving kidney cancer, but not a man's, a new study suggests.

The study included 77 women and 145 men with kidney cancer. Half of the women with high amounts of belly fat died within 3.5 years of diagnosis. Meanwhile, more than half of women with low amounts of belly fat were still al  ...more
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Major Project Completes Genetic 'Map' of 33 Cancers
THURSDAY, April 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- In what could prove to be a big advance in cancer care, a consortium of scientists said it has mapped the genetic blueprints of 33 cancer types.

The hope: that DNA similarities observed between 10,000 tumor samples -- arising in different sites in the body -- might allow targeted treatments to fight cancers no matter where   ...more
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
2 Out of 3 Tanning Bed Users Have Never Had a Skin Cancer Check
WEDNESDAY, April 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Even though it's widely known that tanning bed use greatly increases the odds for skin cancer, 70 percent of Americans who've used the devices have never had a doctor check them for the disease.

That's the finding from a new study of data on more than 30,000 U.S. adults.

The researchers also found that people who freque  ...more
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Red Meat Tied to Higher Colon Cancer Risk for Women
TUESDAY, April 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Another study, this time in British women, finds that diets high in red meat are linked to higher odds for colon cancer.

Numerous studies have linked a high intake of red meat to colon cancer. In fact, guidelines from the American Institute for Cancer Research and World Cancer Research Fund International, released in Septemb  ...more
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Testicular Cancer Survivors May Face Heart Trouble Later
MONDAY, April 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Young men who survive testicular cancer may need to worry about more than a return of their disease: A new study suggests they also face greater heart risks down the road.

"The overarching goal of our study is to implement early interventions in order to reduce the risk of heart disease," said researcher Dr. Mohammad Abu Zaid  ...more
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
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Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Why More Teens Aren't Getting Protection Against Common STD
MONDAY, April 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Less than half of American teens are vaccinated against human papillomavirus (HPV), and parents' reluctance is a big reason why, a child health expert says.

Guidelines recommend that all children get a two-shot vaccine against HPV at their 11-year-old checkup. HPV can cause genital warts and cancers of the cervix, vulva, vagi  ...more
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
More Women Die of Lung Cancer in 2 U.S. 'Hot Spots'
FRIDAY, March 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Lung cancer death rates among women have fallen in much of the United States, but have increased in two regions where smoking is more common, a new study finds.

The first cluster or "hot spot" comprises 669 counties in Appalachia and the Midwest, and the second is 81 counties in the northern Midwest, according to the analysi  ...more
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Researchers Making Inroads Against Ovarian Cancer
THURSDAY, March 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Ovarian cancer can be tough to beat, particularly if it returns after initial treatment, but new research offers a glimmer of hope.

One study found that a new targeted "immunotherapy" to treat ovarian cancer that has come back looked promising in a small, early trial. Meanwhile, a second team of researchers discovered what  ...more
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Cervical cancer frequently diagnosed after age 65
March 28, 2018

(HealthDay)—A considerable proportion of women are diagnosed with cervical cancer after age 65, according to a study presented at the Society of Gynecologic Oncology's Annual Meeting on Women's Cancer, held from March 24 to 27 in New Orleans.

Sarah Dilley, M.D., M.P.H., from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and colleagues queried data from   ...more
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Treating triple negative breast cancer by targeting pair of receptors
March 27, 2018, Baylor College of Medicine

Triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) is a particularly aggressive form of breast cancer that lacks known targets for therapies, making it difficult to treat. However, a new study by a group of researchers and physician-scientists, led by Baylor College of Medicine, has identified a novel treatment strategy that may be effect  ...more
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Accurately identifying aggressive head and neck cancers
March 27, 2018, Case Western Reserve University

The Case Western Reserve-led research team will analyze computerized images of tissue samples for patterns which could become "biomarkers," or predictors, for determining relative risk for recurrence in one particularly common type of head and neck cancers.

Those tumors, known as oropharyngeal cancers, occur primari  ...more
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Obesity is shifting cancer to young adults
March 26, 2018, Case Western Reserve University
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A Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine researcher has compiled evidence from more than 100 publications to show how obesity increases risk of 13 different cancers in young adults. The meta-analysis describes how obesity has shifted certain cancer  ...more
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Cancer patients' pain eased by simple bedside chart, study shows
March 26, 2018, University of Edinburgh

Patients with cancer could benefit from a simple bedside system to manage their pain, a study suggests.

The new approach reduces pain levels compared with conventional care, the research with patients shows.

Pain affects half of all people with cancer and an estimated 80 per cent of those with advanced cancer, causing bo  ...more
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Doctor's own diagnosis drives quest for a cancer cure
March 25, 2018 by Kerry Sheridan

Christian Hinrichs knew his life had forever changed the day he thought he was pouring milk into a glass, but heard it splashing on the floor instead.

It was 2005, and the young cancer surgeon had just undergone the removal of his right eye because of a rare cancer, called ocular melanoma, which affects six in a million people.
  ...more
Saturday, March 24, 2018
Obesity rates keep rising for U.S. adults
March 23, 2018 by Dennis Thompson,
Healthday Reporter

Obesity rates have continued to climb significantly among American adults, but the same hasn't held true for children, a new government report finds.

Obesity among adults increased to about 40 percent in 2015-2016, up from 34 percent in 2007-2008, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevent  ...more
Saturday, March 24, 2018
As Mammograms Became Widespread, Breast Tumor Size Shrank
THURSDAY, March 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- After American women began to adopt annual mammography screening in the 1980s, a very healthy thing happened: the average size of newly discovered breast tumors got smaller.

That's the finding from a new look at data on more than 386,000 U.S. women who were diagnosed with breast cancer between 1983 and 2014.

The average  ...more
Saturday, March 24, 2018
Could a Pap Test Spot More Than Just Cervical Cancer?
WEDNESDAY, March 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Pap tests have helped drive down rates of cervical cancer, and a new study suggests they also could be used to detect other gynecologic cancers early.

According to the study authors, tissue and fluid collected during a Pap test can detect endometrial and ovarian cancer in women when subjected to genetic testing.

If thi  ...more
Saturday, March 24, 2018
Task Force Issues Stronger Skin Cancer Prevention Guidelines
TUESDAY, March 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors should start early with skin cancer prevention advice when their patients are light-skinned, suggests new guidelines that bump that starting point back to the age of 6 months.

This recommendation, from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, updates a 2012 recommendation that advised doctors not begin this educatio  ...more
Saturday, March 24, 2018
Why are women at high breast cancer risk not having supplemental MRI screening?
March 19, 2018,
Mary Ann Liebert, Inc

Women at high lifetime breast cancer risk might benefit from breast MRI screening in addition to routine mammography, but a new study shows that breast MRI is greatly underutilized even though access is widely available. The study of more than 422,000 women is published in Journal of Women's Health.

Christoph Lee, MD, Univer  ...more
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