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ESPN sportscaster Scott dies after cancer battle

Sun, 01/04/2015 - 20:16
Stuart Scott, an ESPN sportscaster whose use of pop culture references and wordplay earned him a loyal following among US fans and the athletes he covered, died Sunday at the age of 49. ESPN, the network he joined in 1993, said Scott died of cancer, having battled recurrent bouts of the disease since he was first diagnosed in November of 2007. Scott anchored ESPN's flagship SportsCenter shows ...

Longtime ESPN sportscaster Stuart Scott dies at age 49

Sun, 01/04/2015 - 19:48
(Reuters) - Longtime ESPN sportscaster Stuart Scott, known for catchphases that became part of the lexicon of sports, has died of cancer, the network said on Sunday. He was 49. After first being diagnosed with cancer in November 2007 following an emergency appendectomy, Scott fought through three bouts of cancer, the network said. “ESPN and everyone in the sports world have lost a true friend ...

ESPN Anchor Stuart Scott Dies at 49

Sun, 01/04/2015 - 05:00
The veteran sportscaster died of cancer less than six months after he accepted the Jimmy V Perseverance Award in an emotional moment at the ESPYs

Longtime ESPN Sportscaster Stuart Scott Dies at 49

Sun, 01/04/2015 - 05:00
Scott had fought cancer since a diagnosis in late 2007, the network said, but remained dedicated to his craft even as he underwent chemotherapy, radiation and surgery.

End of life planning does not make cancer patients hopeless or anxious

Fri, 01/02/2015 - 18:09
By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) - For a small group of advanced cancer patients, using an online tool for learning about end-of-life medical decisions and developing an advance directive document did not lead to psychological distress, according to a new study. “One thing we noticed is that many patients with advanced cancer had not had these conversations,” said lead author Dr. Michael J ...

Cancer often due to bad luck, not genes or environment

Thu, 01/01/2015 - 21:52
Cancer is often caused by the "bad luck" of random mutations that arise when cells divide, not family history or environmental causes, US researchers said Thursday. The study in the January 2 edition of the journal Science was led by researchers at Johns Hopkins University and based on a statistical model that includes many types of cancer in a range of human tissues. In the adult cancers they ...

Biological bad luck blamed in two-thirds of cancer cases

Thu, 01/01/2015 - 19:01
By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Plain old bad luck plays a major role in determining who gets cancer and who does not, according to researchers who found that two-thirds of cancer incidence of various types can be blamed on random mutations and not heredity or risky habits like smoking. The researchers said on Thursday random DNA mutations accumulating in various parts of the body during ...

US Cancer Death Rates Fall, Saving 1.5 Million Lives

Thu, 01/01/2015 - 17:58
The death rates from most cancers have dropped across the United States, sparing the lives of 1.5 million Americans over two decades, a new report found. There was a 22 percent decline in the average rate of all cancer deaths from 1991 (the year it peaked) to 2011, according to the annual report from the American Cancer Society. States in the south showed the smallest decline in cancer deaths ...

1.5 Million Lives Spared by Cancer Death Rate Reduction in 20 Years, Study Says

Thu, 01/01/2015 - 00:27
More than 1.5 million lives were spared thanks to a nationwide decrease in cancer deaths in the past 20 years, according to a new report by the American Cancer Society.The report out this week reveals cancer deaths have dropped 22 percent since 1991. If they hadn't and had continued climbing -- as they had between 1940 and 1991 -- an additional 1,071,600 men and 447,700 women would have died ...

Suspicious breast mass may pose greater risk than previously thought

Wed, 12/31/2014 - 22:01
By Gene Emery (Reuters Health) - A type of "benign" mass found in the breast tissue of about 100,000 U.S. women each year poses a greater risk of cancer than previously thought, according to a new review. The mass is classified as atypical hyperplasia, or atypia. Most women who have it - and one out of 10 women who have a breast biopsy do - are usually told that their test result was benign ...

U.S. cancer deaths fell 22 percent since 1991

Wed, 12/31/2014 - 21:56
By Reuters Staff (Reuters Health) - More than 1.5 million Americans avoided death from cancer since 1991 thanks to falling smoking rates and better cancer prevention, detection and treatments, according to a study from the American Cancer Society. The overall rate of deaths from cancer decreased from about 215 per 100,000 people in 1991 to about 169 per 100,000 people in 2011, researchers found ...

Cardinal George drops out of cancer clinical trial

Wed, 12/31/2014 - 17:37
CHICAGO (AP) — The Archdiocese of Chicago says retired Cardinal Francis George has been dropped from a clinical trial he had been participating in to treat a recurrence of cancer.

Australia bans commercial sunbeds over cancer fears

Wed, 12/31/2014 - 09:34
Most Australian states and territories are set to ban commercial sunbeds from Thursday, in a crackdown on artificial tanning in a country that has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world.

Player's charity reaches $1 million in donations

Wed, 12/31/2014 - 00:42
CINCINNATI (AP) — A cancer charity backed by Ohio college basketball player Lauren Hill has used a final push to reach her goal of $1 million in donations by the end of the year.

Self-exam and doctor's-exam find similar breast tumors

Thu, 12/25/2014 - 16:01
By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters) - Women’s self-exams and physical exams by a doctor both detect breast cancer tumors at about the same size, but older women are more likely to have a tumor discovered via doctor’s examination, according to a new Swiss study. The authors, led by Fabienne Dominique Schwab of University Hospital Basel, conclude that breast exams by doctors should be an integral part of ...

Exercise tied to prostate cancer survival

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 22:18
By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - Among men with prostate cancer, those who lead active lifestyles have better survival rates than those who don’t, a new study suggests. There are many benefits to being physically active, but the new results suggest there are “specific effects also on the survival among prostate cancer patients,” said the study's lead author Stephanie Bonn of the Karolinska ...

FDA approves Bristol-Myers' immunotherapy for skin cancer

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 20:35
(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Bristol-Myers Squibb Co's skin cancer drug, more than three months before the scheduled review date. Opdivo, or nivolumab, belongs to a promising new class of drugs designed to help the body's own immune system fight cancer by blocking a protein called Programmed Death receptor (PD-1). The drug is the second PD-1 inhibitor to be approved ...

Myths may put off some women from post-cancer breast reconstruction

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 18:21
By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Misconceptions may be keeping many women from getting breast reconstruction after a mastectomy, even though the procedure can help improve quality of life for cancer survivors, according to a new review. "Anything we can do to increase awareness of reconstruction and the relative risks and benefits will empower more women to make an informed decision," said ...

UK centres named in cancer-fighting DNA project

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 13:54
The government on Monday named 11 NHS centres that will lead a project to map 100,000 DNA code sequences in the fight against cancer and rare inherited diseases. More than 75,000 patients are expected to participate in the three-year scheme to collect and sequence the human genomes, including some with life-threatening and debilitating conditions. The genomes -- complete sets of genes -- will be ...

Good news from Tom Brokaw: His cancer is in remission

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 11:54
Tom Brokaw says his cancer is in remission. The veteran NBC newsman announced Sunday that, after months of chemotherapy, he soon will begin a drug maintenance program. Sharing with colleagues what he called ...