Yahoo News: Cancer

'Good Health' Genes Linked to Increased Risk of Brain Cancer

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 14:13
The same gene variants that are linked with having longer caps on chromosome tips and overall good health also may have a downside: They could increase the risk of brain cancer, a new study finds. These new findings may be the first to suggest that people with longer telomeres — the protective stretches of DNA found at the ends of chromosomes — have an increased risk of cancer. Past research had ...

More Moles, Higher Breast Cancer Risk, Studies Say

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 14:04
The number of moles on a woman's skin may offer some clues to her risk of breast cancer, two new studies say. Both studies, which were large and lasted at least 15 years, found that women with more moles were more likely to develop breast cancer compared with women who had fewer or none of them. Although a higher mole count is a known risk factor for melanoma, this is the first time that ...

Study: Red meat possibly linked to breast cancer

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 12:23
Women who often indulge their cravings for hamburgers, steaks and other red meat may have a slightly higher risk of breast cancer, a new study suggests. Doctors have long warned that a diet loaded with ...

Study: Red meat possibly linked to breast cancer

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 22:32
LONDON (AP) — Women who often indulge their cravings for hamburgers, steaks and other red meat may have a slightly higher risk of breast cancer, a new study suggests.

Cancer Screenings: Too Many Mammograms, Too Few Colonoscopies

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 14:57
There seems to be a mismatch between the cancer screening tests that people actually undergo and what experts recommend, doctors say. Mammograms for breast cancer screening are overused, because some women are not aware of the newest guidelines, whereas a lower than expected percentage of people undergo colonoscopy as recommended. Two studies presented last weekend at the meeting of the American ...

Tomato-Rich Diet May Lower Kidney Cancer Risk

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 20:56
Women who eat more tomatoes or other lycopene-containing fruits and vegetables may have a lower risk of developing kidney cancer, a new study suggests. Lycopene is an antioxidant that gives tomatoes, watermelon, grapefruit and papaya their reddish color, and some studies have suggested it may reduce the risk of a number of cancers, including lung and stomach cancer. In the new study, the ...

Fish and Exercising Linked to Lower Risk of Colon Cancer Return

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 14:40
Eating fish and exercising are linked to a lower risk of cancer reoccurrence in colon cancer patients, a new study suggests. However, it's less clear whether such factors also play a role in preventing cancer reoccurrence. In the new study, the researchers surveyed 1,515 colon cancer patients in Poland, Vietnam, Western Europe and the United States. Among these patients, 188 had recurrent colon ...

Breath Test Promises to Sniff Out Lung Cancer

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 20:10
A test of patients' breath could reveal whether they have lung cancer and how advanced it is, or whether they suffer from chronic, noncancerous lung conditions, a new study shows. The researchers developed a device that can "smell" lung cancer when patients blow into a balloon. The new device, made of gold nanoparticles and dubbed NaNose, is an extremely sensitive odor detector that can sniff ...

New gene tests may give cancer patients quicker path to treatment

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 05:45
By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - A new way of evaluating tumors may soon help cancer patients identify the underlying genetic link to their disease - and the best possible treatment – all in a single test. "This is a new paradigm in many, many ways," said Ellen Sigal, chairperson and founder of Friends of Cancer Research, which is organizing the U.S. lung cancer trial.

Fitness Trackers Help Monitor Cancer Patients

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 18:48
CHICAGO — For cancer patients, a lot of things can change between doctor's visits. In a new study, researchers used commercially available devices to create a system to collect daily data from cancer patients and send it to their doctors. Researchers looked at the patients' physical activity and blood pressure, and other information that was relevant to their particular cancers. "In oncology, we ...

Some Antibiotics May Slightly Increase Colon Cancer Risk

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 23:02
Taking some antibiotics, which reduces the diversity of bacteria in the gut, may slightly increase the risk of developing colon cancer, a new study suggests. Low diversity of gut bacteria has been linked to higher risk of colorectal cancer. To examine whether there's any link between taking antibiotics and the risk of colorectal cancer, researchers looked at the medical records of more than 22 ...

Circumcision linked to lowered prostate cancer risk

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 17:51
By Krystnell Storr NEW YORK (Reuters) - Something about being circumcised may offer men a degree of protection from developing prostate cancer later in life, suggests a new study from Canada. Researchers suspect the connection may be the lower rate among circumcised men of sexually transmitted diseases (STD), which raise prostate cancer risk, but they caution that more study is needed to confirm ...

Cancer drug data supports advanced trials: AstraZeneca

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 15:01
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Britain's AstraZeneca Plc on Tuesday said data from early-stage trials of its experimental cancer drug, MEDI4736, are encouraging and support moving the immunotherapy into pivotal-stage testing. The findings were part of a series of presentations by AstraZeneca at the annual American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) meeting in Chicago. AstraZeneca had leaned on the promise ...

Colon cancer screening said to help after age 75

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 05:29
WASHINGTON (AP) — How old is too old for a colonoscopy? A surprising number of people older than 75 haven't ever been screened for colon cancer — and researchers reported Monday that it's not too late for them to get caught up.

Insured young cancer patients fare better, live longer: study

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 23:09
By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - Young adults with cancer are far more likely to recover or live longer if they have health insurance, a new study on the potential impact of the Affordable Care Act shows. "Patients who were insured did better in pretty much every regard," said Dr. Ayal Aizer of Dana Farber Cancer Institute In Boston, whose study was published in the Journal of Clinical ...

Doctors use immune therapy against cervical cancer

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 17:26
Two years ago, Arrica Wallace was riddled with tumors from widely spread cervical cancer that the strongest chemotherapy and radiation could not beat back. Today, the Kansas mother shows no signs of the ...

Doctors use immune therapy against cervical cancer

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 13:09
CHICAGO (AP) — Doctors are reporting their first success using immune therapy against cervical cancer, a disease caused by the virus HPV.

Personalized therapy helped women with advanced cervical cancer

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 11:35
By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - A new type of personalized cancer therapy in which immune cells are harvested from patients' tumors, grown in the lab and infused back into patients showed dramatic results in a small, government-led trial in women with advanced cervical cancer, U.S. researchers said on Monday. Two women in the study who had tumors that had spread throughout their bodies ...

Merck immune system-booster effective in skin, lung cancer

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 11:34
A highly anticipated new immunotherapy from Merck & Co Inc proved effective in patients with advanced melanoma as well as some with lung cancer or head and neck cancer, according to early-stage studies presented on Monday. Merck filed in January for U.S. Food and Drug approval of MK3475, now known as pembrolizumab, as a treatment for melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. But the drug's ...

New US therapy wipes out cervical cancer in two women

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 00:54
Bethesda (United States) (AFP) - Aricca Wallace knew she was nearly out of time. Her annual Pap smears were always normal, so no one suspected cancer. Except it was cancer, and by the time the 34-year-old mother of two had the IUD removed and was finally diagnosed, her tumors had reached stage three and the disease was spreading through the lymph nodes in her abdomen and chest.