More evidence HPV vaccine cuts cervical cancer rate

(Robert Preidt/ HealthDay) — Scotland is already seeing a payoff for vaccinating adolescent girls for human papillomavirus (HPV). Since the vaccine became routine about a decade ago, cervical cancer cases in young Scottish women have plummeted, a new study reports. HPV is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections. Vaccination protects against HPV types […]

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23andMe testing for breast cancer gene may be highly unreliable, study finds

(SurvivorNet) — In a new study, researchers found that popular 23andMe’s genetic test for a dangerous mutation associated with breast cancer isn’t reliable. According to researchers, the test doesn’t catch the mutations for 90 percent of women. The study was presented at the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics annual meeting, but it’s important […]

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Many cancer patients take alternative meds but don’t tell their doctors

(Robert Preidt/ Health Day News) — One out of every three U.S. cancer patients uses alternative or complementary therapies, but many keep that info from their doctors, a new study finds. That’s a real concern, the study’s lead author said, especially when it comes to supplements and cancer radiation therapy. “You don’t know what’s in […]

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Dogs sniff out cancer 97 percent of time, study says

(Tauren Dyson/UPI) -— Researchers may have figured a way to use the keen sense of smell of dogs to detect deadly cancers, a new study says. Three beagles were able to correctly detect lung cancer nearly 97 percent of the time, according to a study presented this week at the 2019 Experimental Biology meeting. “Although […]

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A very old antibiotic shows promise in treating fatal form of breast cancer

(Reviewed by Alina Shrourou/ Medical Life Sciences News) — Of the three major subtypes of breast cancer, “triple negative” is the most lethal: half of all breast cancer deaths are attributed to it, whereas it accounts for only about 15% of incidences of breast cancer. And unlike other breast cancers, it is resistant to most […]

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For survivors, breast cancer can threaten another part of their lives: Sexual intimacy

(Barabara Sadick/ Washington Post) — Jill was just 39 in July 2010 when she was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer. Her longtime boyfriend had felt a lump in her right breast. Two weeks later, she had a mastectomy and began chemotherapy. The shock, stress, fatigue and treatment took its toll on the relationship, and […]

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Bowel cancer: Self-testing kit ‘saved my life’

(BBC News) — Wendy Lyons, lives in Nottinghamshire, U.K., a county leading the way in the use of Faecal Immunochemical Tests or FIT. The kit can tell doctors whether a more expensive and uncomfortable colonoscopy is needed. Hospital bosses hope they can use it to find cancer earlier in people who would not normally be […]

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New pancreatic cancer therapies extending lives

(Dennis Thompson/ HealthDay) — Advances in chemotherapy and cancer monitoring can dramatically extend the lives of almost one-third of pancreatic cancer patients with tumors previously considered inoperable, researchers report. It’s good news for patients with a particularly deadly form of cancer that’s been highlighted by the recent diagnosis of Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek with stage […]

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Will there ever be a universal test to detect cancer?

(Yasemin Saplakoglu/ Live Science) — Cancer is over one hundred different diseases hiding under one name. That’s why, just as there isn’t one universal way to treat cancer, there also isn’t one universal way to detect it. But that doesn’t mean scientists aren’t trying: If researchers can find a unique signature or “biomarker” of cancer […]

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Marcia Cross’ comments about her anal cancer battle show her dedication

(Meghan Demaria/ Bustle) — Desperate Housewives star Marcia Cross doesn’t want there to be a stigma around anal cancer. And she’s fighting it by talking about her own experience. Marcia Cross’ comments about her anal cancer battle show that she’s dedicated to normalizing the conversation surrounding the disease. Like those who’ve suffered from any other […]

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