Your sexual health as a cancer survivor

(Coleen Moretti/ Cure Today) — Many survivors experience sexual side effects due to cancer treatments, but there are steps they can take to improve the health and safety of their sexual encounters, says Dr. Mindy Goldman from the Gyn Center for Cancer Survivors and At-Risk Women from UCSF. “I am really happy to be here […]

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New mammogram measures of breast cancer risk could revolutionize screening

(Imaging Technology News) — World-first techniques for predicting breast cancer risk from mammograms that were developed in Melbourne could revolutionise breast screening by allowing it to be tailored to women at minimal extra cost. Published in the International Journal of Cancer, the University of Melbourne-led study found two new mammogram-based measures of risk. When these measures are combined, they […]

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Oral contraceptive pills may protect against ovarian and endometrial cancer

(Lindsay Carlton/ Very Well Health) — New research is reiterating oral contraception is more than just a helpful family planning tool. Scientists are studying the pill’s preventative effects against some types of cancer—and on the flip side, the link between hormonal contraceptives and risk of breast cancer. A December study, published in Cancer Research, looked at […]

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Increased breast cancer risk in obesity linked to fat cell chemicals

(Medical XPress) — Obesity increases the release of tumor-promoting molecules from fat tissue and is associated with an increased risk of breast cancer, according to a study published in Endocrine-Related Cancer. The study found that fat tissue from people with obesity released increased amounts of extracellular vesicles (EV’s) enriched in harmful and inflammatory molecules into the […]

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Mindfulness might help ease the pain of breast cancer survivors

(Neuroscience News) — A study led by University of Ottawa researchers provides empirical evidence that mindfulness has a significant impact on the brain of women suffering from neuropathic pain related to breast cancer treatment. The researchers showed that mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) helps modulate neuropathic pain. Their findings could make a difference in the lives […]

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Researcher demonstrates that DNA impacts cancer risk

(Laura Herperger/ Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute) — Lifestyle, or put another way, “bad habits,” is one of the textbook explanations for why some people are at higher risk for cancer. We often hear that smoking increases our risk of developing lung cancer or that a high-fat diet increases our risk of developing bowel cancer, but […]

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Cervical cancer survival may improve by targeting senescent ‘zombie’ cells

(Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University/ Medical Xpress) — How well women with cervical cancer respond to treatment and survive correlates with the level of 10 proteins in their blood that also are associated with a “zombie” cell state called senescence, Medical College of Georgia scientists report. They looked at pretreatment levels of these […]

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USask research team part of project to eliminate cervical cancer in Canada

(Brady Ratzlaff/ Global News) — A research team at the University of Saskatchewan (USask), as well as the Urban Public Health Network (UPHN), are joining forces for a project that seeks to eliminate cervical cancer. The project is being funded by the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer (CPAC) totalling $1.6 million. The goal is to eliminate cervical cancer in Canada by 2040. USask College […]

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Oncologist fears ‘tsunami of cancer’ after COVID-19 limits screening

(Stephanie Hogan, Melanie Glanz/ CBC News) — In the months since the pandemic hit, many parts of normal life have come to a stop. But while so much has been on hold or locked down to keep people safe and the health-care system functioning, oncologists fear that pause has contributed to another potential crisis. “What […]

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How do non-smokers develop lung cancer? Mouth bacteria may play role

(Alexandra Mae Jones/ CTV News) — Even those who have never smoked a cigarette in their lives can develop lung cancer — and new research suggests that one mechanism behind this could be specific types of mouth bacteria. A paper published Monday in the scientific journal Thorax which looked at non-smokers found that the chances of developing […]

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