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Highly Processed Foods Tied to Higher Cancer Risk

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WEDNESDAY, Feb. 14, 2018 – If you worry about ever getting cancer, you might want to pass on the processed foods at your supermarket. Every 10 percent dietary increase in packaged snacks, fizzy drinks, sugary cereals and other highly processed foods boosts the risk for cancer by 12 percent, new research suggests. Breast cancer, in particular, was associated with greater consumption of ...

Could Your Colonoscopy Raise Your Risk for Appendicitis?

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MONDAY, Feb. 5, 2018 – A colonoscopy can save your life by detecting and removing colon cancer, but it might also trigger appendicitis, a new study suggests. Experts aren't sure exactly why that happens, and, fortunately, it's rare. And it shouldn't stop you from getting a colonoscopy, according to lead researcher Dr. Marc Basson. "Having a colonoscopy, or something about a colonoscopy, ...

Health Tip: Select the Right Cancer Team

Posted 19 days ago by

-- If you've been diagnosed with cancer, choosing the medical team that will treat you is a hugely important decision. The American Cancer Society offers these suggestions: Ask the doctor who diagnoses you where he or she would recommend going for treatment. Consult with family and friends who have had cancer to see what they'd suggest. Identify a cancer center that has a history of treating ...

Could a Blood Test Spot Early Stage Colon Cancer?

Posted 18 Jan 2018 by

THURSDAY, Jan. 18, 2018 – A simple, cheap blood test to detect colon cancer – even in its early stages – appears highly effective and accurate, new research indicates. The test detects so-called "circulating tumor cells" (CTCs). Researchers tested it on 620 people in Taiwan who were scheduled for a routine colonoscopy at a local hospital. By comparing the blood test results with the ...

These Foods May Up Your Odds for Colon Cancer

Posted 18 Jan 2018 by

THURSDAY, Jan. 18, 2018 – Chowing down on red meat, white bread and sugar-laden drinks might increase your long-term risk of colon cancer, a new study suggests. These foods all increase inflammation in your body, and the inflammation they cause is associated with a higher chance of developing colon cancer, according to pooled data from two major health studies. Basically, what makes for a ...

Working Night Shift May Raise Women's Odds for Cancer

Posted 8 Jan 2018 by

MONDAY, Jan. 8, 2018 – Women who pull the night shift regularly might be at greater risk for a number of cancers, new research suggests. "Our study indicates that night-shift work serves as a risk factor for common cancers in women," said study author Xuelei Ma. He is an oncologist in the State Key Laboratory of Biotherapy and Cancer Center at West China Medical Center of Sichuan University, ...

Obamacare Helped More Americans Spot Cancer Early

Posted 22 Dec 2017 by

THURSDAY, Dec. 21, 2017 – Obamacare has likely saved lives by increasing the number of cancers caught at an early stage, a new study suggests. States that participate in the Affordable Care Act's expansion of Medicaid have experienced an increase in overall cancer diagnoses, particularly early stage diagnoses, compared with states that rejected expansion, researchers found. "It's been ...

High Costs Keep Many Cancer Patients From Needed Drugs

Posted 21 Dec 2017 by

THURSDAY, Dec. 21, 2017 – Cancer drugs have become so pricey that U.S. patients often can't afford them, a new study finds. The findings suggest that high out-of-pocket costs may be a barrier to potentially life-saving or life-prolonging treatments, the researchers said, and raise questions about whether patients will be able to take advantage of new cancer treatments. "Imagine leaving your ...

Cancer Survivors Often Face Another Hurdle: Faster Aging

Posted 19 Dec 2017 by

TUESDAY, Dec. 19, 2017 – Treatments that help people beat cancer also can cause them to age prematurely and die sooner, Mayo Clinic researchers report. Cancer survivors naturally age faster than others who haven't had cancer, and are more likely to develop long-term health problems related to aging while they're still relatively young, the study authors said. These ailments can include hormone ...

Handling the Holidays When You Have Cancer

Posted 19 Dec 2017 by

MONDAY, Dec. 18, 2017 – The holiday season is a festive time, but making merry can be a challenge for someone with cancer and their loved ones. "The holiday season is typically a time of celebration, traditions and quality time with family and friends. It can also bring challenges or stress with various obligations and gatherings, and it can be difficult to balance these feelings with the ...

New Trial Cancer Drug, Ulixertinib, Shows Promise Against Wide Range of Tumors

Posted 15 Dec 2017 by

FRIDAY, Dec. 15, 2017 – A new drug that targets a genetic flaw common to most cancer cells is showing potency against many tumor types. The preliminary trial of a drug called ulixertinib was conducted with 135 patients who had already failed treatments for one of a variety of advanced, solid tumors. Researchers led by Dr. Ryan Sullivan, of Massachusetts General Hospital, said ulixertinib did ...

Insurance Ups the Odds of Beating Cancer

Posted 5 Dec 2017 by

TUESDAY, Dec. 5, 2017 – Your chances of surviving cancer may depend on the type of insurance you have. Researchers from the Cancer Prevention Institute of California found significant improvements in survival among cancer patients with private insurance or Medicare, but not among those who have public insurance such as Medicaid, or are uninsured. The investigators analyzed data on more than 1.1 ...

Memo to Doctors: Spit Out the Bad News

Posted 27 Nov 2017 by

MONDAY, Nov. 27, 2017 – Doctors, don't be afraid to deliver bad news. Telling cancer patients the truth about their chances of survival does not harm a physician's relationship with those people. It could even make it better, according to a new study. "We hope this information will reassure clinicians about any negative impacts of these discussions on their relationships with patients," said ...

1 in 4 U.S. Seniors With Cancer Has Had It Before

Posted 22 Nov 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 22, 2017 – For a quarter of American seniors, a cancer diagnosis signals the return of an old foe, new research shows. Even in cancer patients younger than 65, one in 10 cases involves people who've had the disease before, the study of nearly 741,000 people found. Depending on a patient's age or cancer type, the frequency of prior cancers ranged anywhere from about 4 percent to ...

Don't Fret Delays in Treating Colon Cancer, Study Suggests

Posted 15 Nov 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 15, 2017 – Delays in colon cancer treatment may not increase the risk of death, according to a new study. Canadian researchers examined data from more than 900 people diagnosed with stage 1 to stage 3 colon cancer. Some began treatment within a month of diagnosis, and others started treatment either 30 to 59 days, 60 to 89 days, 90 to 119 days or more than four months after ...

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