Coffee drinkers at lower risk of most common liver cancer – report

(Gerry Moriarty/ The Irish Times) — Coffee drinkers have a lower risk of suffering the most common type of liver cancer, a research team from Queen’s University, Belfast has reported. The study took place in Britain and Northern Ireland over 7-and-a-half years and looked at the coffee-drinking habits of 471,779 participants in the UK Biobank, […]

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CRISPR and cancer: restoring individual immunosurveillance

(Guy-André Pelouze/ European Scientist) — Cancer is probably the biggest mystery in contemporary human biology. The extraordinary research efforts undertaken since Richard Nixon’s famous law, signed on December 23, 1971, which declared war on cancer, have reduced mortality. Having been disappointed on countless occasions by the cancer immunotherapy approach, despite how logical it would seem […]

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Hair follicles could indicate deadly skin cancers, study finds

(Darwin Malicdem/ Medical Daily) — Looking at hair follicles may soon help doctors spot potentially deadly skin cancer. Researchers found that the disease can start its development in stem cells that provide color to hair rather than in skin layers. The new study, published in the journal Nature Communications, shows that melanomas occur on the […]

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New leukemia treatment promises astounding results, few side-effects: study

(Aaron Derfel/ Montreal Gazette) — A team of researchers at the Université de Montréal has shown in a new study that an experimental treatment for acute leukemia and non-Hodgkin lymphoma is not only safe but has produced astounding results with almost no side-effects. In the study, 22 patients at Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital were given a new […]

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Cervical cancer self-tests may be key smear alternative – study

(Nicola Davis/ The Guardian) — Swabs or urine samples taken at home could be as effective at identifying women at high risk of cervical cancer as traditional smear tests, according to new research. Cervical cancer is the fourth most common cancer in women globally. In the UK, women aged between 25 and 64 are invited […]

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Breast cancer: An innovative blood test could aid early detection

(Maria Cohut/ Medical News Today) — Researchers are developing a blood test that could help detect breast cancer 5 years before any symptoms become apparent. This method would also be less uncomfortable and more cost effective than traditional mammograms. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), breast cancer is the most common type of cancer […]

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Lifestyle modifications prevent one in three breast cancer cases

(Health Europa) — A new report has estimated that one in three breast cancer cases could be prevented through lifestyle changes. Modifications such as weight management, physical activity, nutrition, and alcohol consumption can all contribute to a healthier lifestyle that can help to minimize risk of breast cancer. Breast cancer remains the most common cancer […]

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Sex after breast cancer can be painful (and we need to talk about it)

(Rachel Moss/ HuffPost UK) — Nearly half of women who have had breast cancer go on to experience sexual difficulties, but many are too embarrassed to seek help. This is the finding of a new survey, from Breast Cancer Now, suggesting more than 150,000 women in the UK have experienced sexual difficulties, including vaginal dryness, […]

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Angelina Jolie: medical advances in women’s health are important. but they’re only part of the picture

(Angelina Jolie/ Time) — I lost my grandmother and my mother to breast cancer. I remember once holding my mother’s hand, as she was receiving chemotherapy, when she started to turn purple and I had to race to get the nurse. Now there are new ways to identify which chemotherapy medication is best for each […]

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PARP inhibitor treatment giving new hope to breast cancer patients

(Benita Zahn/ WNYT.com) — One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. That’s 12-percent of all women. One percent of all men will also get that diagnosis. If they have a mutation of the BRCA1 and/or BRCA2 genes, their cancer can be difficult to treat. Enter a newer type of […]

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