Drug rapidly shrinks metastatic breast cancers in mice

(James Kingsland/ Medical News Today) –– Every year, around 255,000 women and 2,300 men in the United States receive a diagnosis of breast cancer. Approximately three-quarters of cases are a type called estrogen receptor-positive, in which the cancer cells have a receptor in their membranes that binds to the sex hormone estrogen. This type of breast cancer is […]

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7 in 10 gynecologic cancer patients report cannabis helped ease symptoms

(Angela Stelmakowich/ Healthing) — A small U.S. study involving 45 gynecologic cancer patients prescribed medical marijuana (MM) for symptom management found 71 per cent self-reported improvement in at least one symptom. Investigators considered patients prescribed MM from May 2016 to February 2019 and reviewed the formulation prescribed, usage patterns, length of use, symptom relief and […]

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7 ways to boost your confidence during breast cancer treatment

(Alex Whitaker-Cheadle/ Healthline) — Through my battle with breast cancer, I overcame many obstacles. In the past 3 years since my diagnosis, I have learned that the mental obstacles were just as challenging to overcome as the physical obstacles. Many of the treatments and surgeries I underwent left me feeling like only a shadow of my […]

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Breast and cervical cancer screenings fell sharply during COVID-19 crisis

(Liz Highleyman/ Cancer Health) — Breast cancer and cervical cancer screening fell by more than 80% in a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) program for low-income women during the early days of the COVID-19 crisis, according to a recent study. This could lead to more diagnoses at advanced stages of cancer and worse outcomes—especially for women of color. “This […]

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Aspirin could cut risk of cancer deaths by 20%, study suggests

(Sky News) — Cancer patients who take aspirin as part of their treatment could cut their risk of death by 20%, according to a major review of studies. Researchers at Cardiff University said the medication – commonly used as pain relief – not only has “biological mechanisms” that help reduce mortality risk, but they also […]

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Fertility drugs do not increase breast or ovarian cancer risk

(Aislinn Antrim/ Pharmacy Times) — Drugs routinely used to release eggs during fertility treatments do not increase women’s risk of developing breast cancer, according to new research from King’s College London. Fertility treatments can range from the use of medications to boost the release of eggs during a woman’s natural fertility cycle to more complex […]

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Younger women with breast cancer urged to advocate for themselves

(Raquel Stephen/ Rochester City Newspaper) — A few months ago, Megan Mack discovered a lump in her breast. Mack is 36, and with breast cancer most often diagnosed in women 50 and older, she said her doctor initially told her not to worry about it. “I trusted her, and I thought if you say it’s […]

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An Omega-3 that’s poison for cancer tumours

(Sci-Tech Daily) –– So-called “good fatty acids” are essential for human health and much sought after by those who try to eat healthily. Among the Omega-3 fatty acids, DHA or docosahexaenoic acid is crucial to brain function, vision, and the regulation of inflammatory phenomena. In addition to these virtues, DHA is also associated with a […]

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Is there a link between sugar intake and cancer?

(Sylvia R. Karasu/ Psychology Today) — “Is everything we eat associated with cancer?” asked researchers Schoenfeld and Ioannidis somewhat provocatively years ago (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2013). These investigators selected 50 “common ingredients” from “random” cookbook recipes and surprisingly (or perhaps not surprisingly) found that 40 (80%) of those ingredients were linked in the scientific […]

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It’s not vain to care about losing your hair after cancer

(Jennifer Garam/ Allure) –– For many people, our hair is part of our identity. For me, it was one of the most challenging parts of going through treatment. For people who‘ve undergone treatments for cancer, hair loss is a common but nevertheless stressful side effect. And, contrary to popular belief, the hard part isn’t over […]

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