Yahoo News: Cancer

New leader says Komen has eye on future

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 22:43
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The new leader of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization says it has moved on from the controversy that erupted 2½½ years ago over its decision, quickly reversed in an onslaught of criticism, to stop giving grants to Planned Parenthood for breast cancer screenings.

HPV test better than Pap for assessing cervical cancer risk: study

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 20:11
By Andrew M. Seaman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Testing for human papillomavirus (HPV) may be the best way to know whether a woman is at risk of developing cervical cancer in the near future, according to a new study. Negative HPV tests provided women with more reliable assurance that they wouldn’t develop cancer or other abnormal cervical changes in the next three years, compared to traditional ...

Depression may keep some men from fighting prostate cancer

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 18:43
By Shereen Lehman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Depression may be source of disparities in the treatment men get for prostate cancer, according to a new study. In the analysis, older men who were depressed before they got a prostate cancer diagnosis were more likely to have aggressive cancer, less likely to undergo the recommended treatment for their stage and type of disease and more likely to ...

UN sets limits on cancer-causing arsenic in rice

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 14:18
Governments have agreed the first international standards limiting cancer-causing arsenic pollution in rice, a key move to protect consumers of what is a staple food for billions, the UN said Thursday. The Codex Alimentarius Commission, the top global decision-making body for food standards, issued the decision at its ongoing annual meeting in Geneva. It occurs naturally and is taken up by ...

Vasectomies Linked with Prostate Cancer Risk

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 07:27
Men who undergo a vasectomy may have an increased risk of advanced or lethal prostate cancer, a new observational study suggests. Researchers tracked nearly 50,000 men over 24 years, and found those who had a vasectomy were about 20 percent more likely to be diagnosed with aggressive or potentially fatal prostate cancer than those who had not had the procedure. "I don't think we should conclude ...

Dimon cancer diagnosis had no effect on JPMorgan's succession plan

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 16:55
JPMorgan Chase & Co. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jamie Dimon said on Wednesday that the bank has not changed its plans for picking his successor, even after he said on July 1 that he had been diagnosed with throat cancer. "My illness has nothing to do with succession planning," Dimon told reporters on a conference call discussing the bank's second-quarter earnings, adding that most of ...

Roche says wins priority review for Avastin in cervical cancer

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 09:21
Swiss drugmaker Roche said U.S. health regulators have granted a priority review of its Avastin drug when combined with chemotherapy to treat women with cervical cancer. An approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for treating advanced cervical cancer would open another large market for the medicine in patients for whom chemotherapy has been largely ineffective. "This regulatory ...

Doctor characteristics may influence prostate cancer treatment

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 20:42
By Andrew M. Seaman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Whether a man’s low-risk prostate cancer gets treated with surveillance, surgery or another method may have more to do with his doctor than his health, according to a new study. Urologists who had been practicing for more years and those who treated more advanced cases of the disease were less likely to use a wait-and-see approach to manage low ...

Marijuana Can Help Slow Cancer Tumor Growth, Scientists Say

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 17:20
Scientists have discovered how marijuana can be used to help treat cancer, specifically by slowing tumor growth. This ingredient, Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), has been reported to help slow the growth of cancer cells, according to The Independent. The research done by the University of East Anglia team “has shed light on the still ‘poorly understood’ theory” that THC has “anti-cancer properties ...

Young Hispanic men face rising testicular cancer rates

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 15:09
By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Testicular cancer rates are increasing more than three percent per year among young Hispanic men, at a time when rates among non-Hispanic white men are remaining steady, according to a new study. The number of new testicular cancers diagnosed each year ranges from 1.4 for every 100,000 black men to 6.6 per 100,000 white men, with rates for Hispanic ...

Roche skin cancer drug meets main goal in combination study

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 06:49
An experimental drug from Roche helped people with an advanced form of skin cancer live longer without their disease worsening when used in combination with another treatment, the Swiss drugmaker said on Monday. Pharmaceutical companies are looking to combination therapy to yield better results and drug cocktails are expected to be crucial as oncologists seek to block cancer on multiple fronts ...

FDA weighs cancer risk of fibroid removal devices

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 22:46
Federal health advisers say there is little to no evidence that a popular technique for removing fibroids can be performed without the risk of spreading undetected cancers to other parts of the body. The ...

FDA weighs cancer risk of fibroid removal devices

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 22:45
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health advisers say there is little to no evidence that a popular technique for removing fibroids can be performed without the risk of spreading undetected cancers to other parts of the body.

Pediatric doctor in child porn case gets prison

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 18:41
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A former top pediatric cancer doctor was sentenced to a year and one day in federal prison Friday following his guilty plea to a charge of accessing child pornography.

Patients seek FDA ban on fibroid removal devices

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 17:31
WASHINGTON (AP) — More than a dozen people — including cancer patients, their family members and physicians — called on federal health regulators on Friday to block the use of electronic surgical tools used to remove fibroids, but which can inadvertently spread cancer throughout the body.

Patients seek FDA ban on fibroid removal devices

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 16:27
More than a dozen members of the public — including cancer patients, their family members and physicians — are calling on federal health regulators to block the use of electronic surgical tools which can ...

Japan musician Ryuichi Sakamoto has throat cancer

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 07:05
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese musician Ryuichi Sakamoto, who shared an Oscar for Bernardo Bertolucci's "The Last Emperor" score, has been diagnosed with throat cancer and has canceled his upcoming performances to focus on his health.

Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto diagnosed with cancer

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 06:38
Renowned Japanese composer and activist Ryuichi Sakamoto has been diagnosed with throat cancer, his record company said on Thursday. The 62-year-old, who shot to fame in the late 1970s with the pioneering techno-pop group Yellow Magic Orchestra (YMO), apologised to fans in a statement for having to take a break from performing but promised to beat the disease. "I was diagnosed with cancer of the ...

'Stand Up to Cancer' telecast to return Sept. 5

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 15:25
How often do your favorite TV outlets all carry the same show at the same time — and in prime time, without ads? Tune in to just about any channel on Sept. 5 at 8 p.m. Eastern and Pacific to see for yourself. ...

Secondhand smoke as harmful to pets as people

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 15:17
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ten years ago, Shirley Worthington rushed Tigger to the vet when the dog's mouth started bleeding. When she was told he had cancer, she knew to blame her heavy smoking, an addiction she couldn't kick until after her pet died.