Why cancer in younger adults is increasing so dramatically

(Healthline) — Certain cancers are showing up more often in younger adults. Researchers believe obesity is to blame. A comprehensive study published this week found that 6 out of 12 types of cancer thought to result from being significantly overweight are becoming notably more common among those under the age of 50. What’s more, the […]

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Colorectal cancer: TV viewing tied to risk of early onset

(Catharine Paddock/ Medical News Today) — Recent research has linked prolonged sitting while viewing TV to a raised risk of developing colorectal cancer before the age of 50 years. This effect, which appeared to be strongest for cancer that starts in the rectum, was independent of exercise and body mass index (BMI). When they diagnose colorectal […]

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The modern tragedy of fake cancer cures

(Matthew Herper/ Stat News) — So it happened again. An underreported story about a half-baked advance in cancer medicine caught fire and scorched its way through social media, onto network TV, and into the minds of millions of people. To start, no. There won’t be “a complete cure for cancer” in a year’s time, as the […]

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Suicide risk rises in year following cancer diagnosis

(Lisa Rapaport/ Reuters) — Although cancer survival rates have greatly improved in recent decades, a diagnosis with certain types of cancer can still be upsetting enough to increase a patient’s risk of suicide, a U.S. study suggests. Researchers examined data on more than 4.6 million cancer patients, including 1,585 people who died by suicide within […]

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Cancer cliches to avoid: I’m not ‘brave’

(BBC News) — Fighter, warrior, hero – some of the terms you might see used to describe people with cancer. But according to a new survey, for some with the illness the words are seen as inappropriate rather than uplifting. The UK poll by Macmillan Cancer Support of 2,000 people who have or had cancer […]

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Can the tongue microbiome help diagnose pancreatic cancer?

(Maria Cohut/ Medical News Today) — Pancreatic cancer is typically an aggressive form of the disease, with a fairly low 5-year survival rate. Diagnosing pancreatic cancer in its early stages could help people receive treatment more quickly, but what kind of test would work best? The National Cancer Institute (NCI) report that approximately 1.6 percent of […]

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Oolong tea extract may stave off breast cancer

(Ana Sandoiu/ Medical News Today) — New research finds that oolong tea can damage breast cancer cells and that people who consume large amounts of this tea have a lower risk of developing breast cancer. Despite recent advances in screening procedures and treatment, breast cancer remains both the most common form of this disease and the second leading cause […]

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Many cancer patients have undiagnosed hepatitis

(HealthDay News) — A large number of U.S. cancer patients with hepatitis B and C don’t know they have the virus, which can cause life-threatening complications during some cancer treatments, researchers say. The findings suggest screening for hepatitis B and C may be appropriate in community cancer clinics, according to investigators from the SWOG Cancer Research Network, […]

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New tool calculates breast cancer risk with greater precision

(Lianne Kolirin/ CNN) — UK scientists have developed an online calculator that could enable doctors to more accurately predict a patient’s chance of developing breast cancer. If rolled out, the new tool could change the way in which the condition is treated. Among other things, details of family history, genetics, weight, alcohol consumption, age at menopause […]

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Obesity may be driving rise in uterine cancers

(E.J. Mundell/ HealthDay — Cases of uterine cancer are charting a slow but steady rise among American women, and so are deaths from the disease, new statistics show. Looking at federal health data, researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that “during 1999-2015, uterine cancer incidence rates increased 12 percent, about […]

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