Scientist behind COVID-19 mRNA vaccine says next target is cancer

(The Associated Press/ CBC News) — The scientist who won the race to deliver the first widely used coronavirus vaccine says people can rest assured the shots are safe, and that the technology behind it will soon be used to fight another global scourge — cancer. Ozlem Tureci, who founded the German company BioNTech with […]

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App helps breast cancer patients, survivors keep moving

(Jill Barker/ Montreal Gazette) — While the survival rate of breast cancer has been on the rise since 1987, it’s still the most frequently diagnosed cancer among Canadian women and ranks second in cancer-related deaths of women. But with 88 per cent of Canadian women now living at least five years after diagnosis, an increasing […]

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What are the known risk factors for breast cancer?

(Jaime Herndon, Healthline) — Breast cancer happens when the cells in the breast multiply and grow more rapidly than they should. The cancer cells can spread to other areas of the body through the lymph vessels and bloodstream. As with most diseases, there are risk factors associated with breast cancer. There are steps you can take […]

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Would you recognize the signs of ovarian cancer?

(Jess Commons/ Refinery 29) –– For many young women (myself included), female-specific cancers seem like an older person’s game – something we’ll worry about when the menopause comes, or even later, when we’re sitting in an old people’s home. Actually, though, when it comes to ovarian cancer, nearly half of cases are found in women under […]

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HPV vaccine protects even young women who haven’t been vaccinated

(Linda Carol/ NBC News) –– There’s growing evidence that the HPV vaccine can protect even young women and girls who haven’t been immunized. A new government study finds human papillomavirus infections have declined dramatically in both vaccinated and unvaccinated teen girls and young women. Data from a national database reveal an 88 percent decline in the prevalence […]

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Acupuncture can ease pain in cancer survivors

(Jamie DePolo/ Breast Cancer. Org. ) –– Two types of acupuncture were better than physical therapy, steroids, and pain medicine usually used to ease ongoing muscle and/or joint pain among cancer survivors, according to a study. The research was published online on March 18, 2021, by JAMA Oncology. In acupuncture, sterile, single-use, hair-thin needles are inserted […]

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Battling cancer while the world is on pause

(Luke Winkie/ Vox) — Justine Luebke, a 32-year-old teacher who lives in Montana, was undergoing chemotherapy for metastatic cancer when the pandemic hit last year. As the world shut down, Luebke was figuring out what she wanted the rest of her life to look like. “Time takes on a new meaning when you go through […]

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Signs of breast cancer you should not ignore

(Rachel Nall/ Medical News Today) –– A breast lump or mass is just one of the possible signs of breast cancer in men or women. Breast cancer can cause several additional changes to the skin on and around the breast. Anyone who notices any of these changes should see a doctor. In some cases, breast cancer may […]

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4 women on what comforted them during breast cancer treatment

(Sarah Klein/ Health) –– Coping with breast cancer treatment isn’t easy, no matter how many casseroles appear on the doorstep, or how often the neighbors pick up the kids from school. Breast cancer patients face a roller-coaster of emotions, ranging from fear and loss to courage and gratitude. To get through it, women often draw strength from […]

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Choosing a healthy diet during cancer treatments

(Longevity) — Cancer affects a patient’s appetite, leading to reduced food intake. In some cases, tumors tend to induce anorexia in cancer patients. Cancer treatments, like surgical procedures, chemotherapy, and interventional radiology procedures, also cause side effects that may affect a patient’s food consumption. Maintaining a healthy diet is a necessary step to feeling better during […]

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