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For older colon cancer survivors, colonoscopies carry risks: study

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 16:05
By Kathryn Doyle NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - After age 75, recurrences of colon cancer are rare and the risks of repeated colonoscopies may outweigh the benefits, according to new research. “Our study was different in that we specifically examined patients that were undergoing surveillance examinations because of a previous history of colonic polyps or cancer,” said lead author Dr. An Hong Tran ...

FDA approves first DNA-based test for colon cancer

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 21:17
The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first screening test for colon cancer that uses patient DNA to help spot potentially deadly tumors and growths. The Cologuard test from Exact Sciences ...

Nighttime Light May Interfere with Breast Cancer Drug

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 16:53
Exposure to dim light at night may lead breast cancer cells to become resistant to the common breast cancer drug tamoxifen, according to a new study in rats. Nighttime light can interfere with the brain's production of the hormone melatonin, and this may decrease cancer cells' sensitivity to tamoxifen, the researchers said. "Light at night dysregulates or disrupts a lot of the rhythms in our ...

Calling on Cancer's A-Team

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 15:57
When Gary Hinze began coughing up blood after working out, his doctor sent him to an oncologist near his home in Grass Valley, California. "And get the information in writing."

British body rejects new Roche breast cancer drug over price

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 07:38
A new drug from Roche for women with an incurable form of breast cancer is too expensive for routine use on Britain's state-run health service even after a discount, the country's healthcare cost watchdog ruled on Friday. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) said it was "disappointed" Roche had decided against offering Kadcyla at a price that would make it affordable ...

Study ties new gene to major breast cancer risk

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 04:54
It's long been known that faulty BRCA genes greatly raise the risk for breast cancer. Now scientists say a more recently identified, less common gene can do the same.

1-in-3 Risk of Breast Cancer Found in Women with Rare Mutation

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 23:00
Women who have mutations in a gene called PALB2 have a 1-in-3 chance of developing breast cancer, a new study suggests. "The PALB2 gene was first identified in 2006 and linked to breast cancer in 2007," said study author Dr. Marc Tischkowitz, a lecturer in cancer genetics at the University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine in Cambridge, England. "But until now, we have not had good breast ...

New breast cancer gene mutation found to raise risk

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 21:49
A newly discovered gene mutation significantly raises a woman's risk of breast cancer and may be considered the third such inherited gene flaw known to science, researchers said Wednesday. Women with mutations in the PALB2 gene face a one in three chance of getting breast cancer by age 70, said the findings in the New England Journal of Medicine. The other two known gene mutations associated ...

Study finds a gene mutation increases breast cancer risk to 1 in 3

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 21:03
By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - Women with mutations in a gene called PALB2 have a one in three chance of developing breast cancer by age 70, according to research that suggests PALB2 is almost as important a risk factor as BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutations. BRCA1 and BRCA2 are widely known as breast cancer risk genes. Last year, actress Angelina Jolie went public with her decision to undergo ...

Can You Afford Your Cancer Care?

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 16:11
A cancer diagnosis is usually a double whammy: The disease itself is daunting, and the cost of treatments is an aftershock. Cancer patients are two and a half times more likely to file for bankruptcy than other Americans, according to a study by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. "The biggest problem is that we're now creating an economic disparity between who can afford ...

Should You Take Daily Aspirin to Prevent Cancer?

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 15:40
The potential benefits of taking a daily dose of aspirin for cancer prevention may outweigh the risks, a new review of studies suggests. The results of the studies varied depending on the site of the cancer and the age of people who took daily aspirin, among other factors. To put the findings into perspective, the results mean that if 100 women started taking daily aspirin at age 50 and ...

Aspirin reduces risk of some cancers, says study

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 06:22
Daily, long-term doses of aspirin can slash the risk of cancer of the digestive tract, according to research published on Wednesday. Aspirin greatly reduces the risk of developing and dying from bowel, stomach and oesophageal cancer, its authors said. They found that taking aspirin for 10 years could cut bowel cancer cases by around 35 percent and deaths by 40 percent. Rates of oesophageal and ...

Certain Starch May Reduce Colon-Cancer Risk of Meat-Heavy Diet

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 23:44
Eating your steak with a side of potatoes and beans may be one way to reduce the colon cancer risk that comes with eating red meat — findings from a new study suggests the "resistant" starch, found in root vegetables, grains and legumes, may reverse some of the damaging effects of red meat on cells. Researchers looked at23 healthy study participants who were randomly assigned to eat either about ...

Woman's Strange Skin Stain Caused Cancer Scare

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 23:42
Although the mark looked very similar to a type of skin cancer that appears on the foot, doctors found it was actually a harmless spot caused by touching walnuts. The mark "looked quite a lot like it might be a melanoma," said Dr. Garth Fraga, a pathologist at the University of Kansas Medical Center, who was involved in the woman's case. In particular, the mark looked like a type of skin cancer ...

Scientific review finds aspirin significantly cuts cancer rates

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 23:06
By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - Taking a small daily dose of aspirin can significantly reduce the risk of developing - or dying from - bowel, stomach and oesophageal cancer, according to a large review of scientific studies. Researchers who analyzed all available evidence from studies and clinical trials assessing benefits and harm found that taking aspirin for 10 years could cut bowel cancer ...

Amgen blood cancer drug succeeds in late-stage study

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 12:56
(Reuters) - Amgen Inc said a late-stage study found that its blood cancer drug helped patients live significantly longer without the disease worsening, compared with standard treatment. The world's largest biotechnology company's shares rose as much as 4.3 percent to $131.00 in premarket trading, after it released interim data for its injectable drug, Kyprolis. The U.S. Food and Drug ...

Japan festival renamed after fit-again maestro Ozawa

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 10:02
Acclaimed Japanese conductor Seiji Ozawa, who overcame a battle with cancer, brushed aside the idea of his death Monday as a premier classical music festival was renamed after him. The Saito Kinen music festival, held every summer since 1992 in the central city of Matsumoto, will be named the Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival from next year to honour the maestro's contribution to the event. "I will ...

Ailing 'Ghostbusters' artist gives bird to cancer

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 07:15
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michael Gross never planned on joining the front lines of the fight against cancer.

Blood Test Could Predict Oral Cancer Recurrence

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 18:23
A new blood and saliva test that looks for traces of the human papillomavirus (HPV) can predict whether some people with oral cancers will have their cancer come back, early research suggests. It helps to know as soon as possible that cancer has returned, because tumors that are caught early are easier to treat. In the study, the researchers analyzed blood and saliva samples from 93 people with ...

The Pill linked to breast cancer risk for younger women

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 11:03
By Kathryn Doyle NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A new statistical analysis finds that women under age 50 who were diagnosed with breast cancer were also more likely to have recently been on some versions of the Pill. The increased cancer risk still translates to less than a one percent chance of developing breast cancer for most younger women, researchers emphasize, so the results should not ...