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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 ...

Britain to map 100,000 DNA code sequences

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 23:54
British scientists are to map 100,000 complete DNA code sequences in a project that will make the country a world leader in genetic research on cancer and rare diseases, the prime minister said on Friday. David Cameron announced £300 million ($507 million, 378 million euros) in deals to fund the mapping project, predicted to be complete by 2017. The project will sequence the genetic codes of ...

AstraZeneca steps up push into cancer immunotherapy

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 12:54
By Ben Hirschler LONDON (Reuters) - AstraZeneca is accelerating its push into cancer immunotherapy, with plans to test a key experimental drug in new tumor types. The company is seen as No. 4 in a race to develop the first drug in a new class that fights cancer by unleashing the body's immune system, behind rivals Roche, Merck & Co and Bristol-Myers Squibb. AstraZeneca said on Thursday it would ...

Navigators can help guide breast cancer patients through care

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 20:23
By Ronnie Cohen NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Patient navigators may be able to help steer women with breast cancer through what can be a daunting treatment process, a new study suggests. Breast cancer kills a disproportionate share of low-income and African-American women, researchers note, and employing patient navigators is thought to be a potential way to assist underserved patients. We’re ...

The Surgeon General Seriously Wants You to Stop Tanning

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 16:17
The United States surgeon general, in an unprecedented move, issued a call to action Tuesday for Americans to apply sun protection to prevent skin cancer. "We have to change the social norms about tanning... Tanned skin is damaged skin, and we need to shatter the myth that tanned skin is a sign of health." Skin cancer has been on the rise, the call to action notes, with nearly 5 million people ...