Having kids leads to a small, but significant, increased risk of breast cancer

(Julia Belluz/ Vox) — You’ve probably heard that having children and breastfeeding them reduces a woman’s lifetime risk of breast cancer. But according to new research, in the years immediately following childbirth, women are actually at a small, heightened risk of the disease. That’s the finding of a major new review of 15 studies from three […]

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A new spray could fight cancer recurrence after tumor removals

(Tauren Dyson/ UPI) — A new immune-boosting spray could stop recurrence of cancer in patients, a study says. The study, published Monday in the journal Nature Nanotechnology, detailed how researchers sprayed the surgical sites of mice with advanced melanoma tumors with calcium carbonate. The gel decreased the growth of the tumor cells following surgery, and the […]

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Blocking messages between cancer cells may stop their spread

(Julie Robert-McGill/ Futurity) — Researchers looked at a gene called EGFRvIII, which is present in patients with glioblastoma—a highly aggressive form of brain cancer that spreads quickly and that is difficult to treat. Glioblastoma multiforme is most prevalent in adults aged 45 to 70 and has one of the poorest survival rates of any cancer. The […]

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Updated mammography guidelines in Canada consider woman’s preference, not only age

(Sheryl Ubelacker/ Canadian Press) — New guidelines for breast cancer screening are intended to give women more of a voice in their health care decisions, taking into account their personal values and preferences rather than age and risk factor alone. The guidelines, released Monday by the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care, encourage women aged […]

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Drug halves tumor recurrence for women with a common breast cancer

(Amy Norton/ HealthDay Reporter) — For certain women with early stage breast cancer, a newer drug that combines an antibody with chemotherapy may cut the risk of disease recurrence in half, a new trial finds. The study focused on nearly 1,500 women with early stage breast cancer that was HER2-positive — meaning it carries a […]

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Scientists develop 10-minute universal cancer test

Inexpensive procedure shows whether patient has cancerous cells in the body, but does not reveal where or how serious it is (Ian Sample/ The Guardian) — Scientists have developed a universal cancer test that can detect traces of the disease in a patient’s bloodstream.The cheap and simple test uses a colour-changing fluid to reveal the […]

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Study: some women should start mammograms at 30

(Dennis Thompson/ HealthDay) — Women at increased risk for breast cancer should start receiving mammograms earlier than recommended, even as young as age 30, a new study contends. Young women who have dense breasts or a family history of breast cancer appear to benefit from regular mammograms as much as women in their 40s do, researchers […]

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Online cancer information is often unreliable

(Nicholas Bakalar/ New York Times) — Many YouTube videos about prostate cancer are unreliable sources of information. Researchers searched YouTube for “prostate cancer screening” and “prostate cancer treatment.” Then they scored the first 75 hits for each phrase, using validated scales to assess such measures as whether the video favored new technology, recommended unproven treatments, accurately […]

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UCLA study shows breast cancer treatments can cause cognitive impairment

(Brittany Shoot/ Fortune) — A new study from researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles shows that some cancer patients can experience cognitive decline after chemotherapy and radiation treatments. It’s commonly thought that cancer treatments may accelerate biological aging in cells. Specifically seen in this new UCLA study is evidence that common cancer therapies including […]

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Sugary supplement mannose could help fight cancer

(Alex Therrien/ BBC News) — A nutritional supplement may be able to slow the development of some cancers and enhance the effects of treatment, a study in mice suggests. Mice with pancreatic, lung or skin cancer were given mannose, a sugar also found in cranberries and other fruits. It significantly slowed the growth of their tumours, […]

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