HPV infection drives increased rate of vocal cord cancer in youths

(Shari Roan/ Everyday Health) — The rates of vocal cord cancer, also known as glottic carcinoma, could be rising in teens and young adults, a trend that appears to be linked to human papillomavirus (HPV) infection, according to research published February 7 in the Annals of Otology, Rhinology & Laryngology. Vocal cord cancer is classified […]

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Why plants don’t die from cancer

(Stuart Thompson/ The Conversation) — Chernobyl has become a byword for catastrophe. The 1986 nuclear disaster, recently brought back into the public eye by the hugely popular TV show of the same name, caused thousands of cancers, turned a once populous area into a ghost city, and resulted in the setting up of an exclusion […]

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‘Obesity is the new smoking’ says UK health agency in response to cancer report

(Natasha Hinde/ HuffPost UK) — Obese people now outnumber smokers in the UK by two to one, according to new figures from Cancer Research UK, which says “excess weight [is] causing more cases of certain cancers than smoking”. The charity is urging the government to take action to tackle obesity in the same week it […]

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Mother reveals how her ‘guardian angel’ son found her breast cancer by refusing to feed

(Leigh McManus/ Daily Mail) — A mother has told how her then 14-month-old son found her breast cancer – by refusing to take milk from her right breast. Joanne Carr, 37, from Liverpool, had breastfed her son Dougie since the day he was born without any problems, but 14 months on, she said he started […]

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Cancer deaths cost the U.S. $94 billion in lost earnings in a single year

(Brittany Flaherty/ Stat) — Cancer is estimated to have caused more than 600,000 deaths in 2015, inflicting a toll that extended far beyond personal losses to impose an enormous burden on the nation’s economy, according to a new analysis. Cancer deaths that year — the most recent year for which certain data were available — […]

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HPV vaccine has potential to eliminate cervical cancer risk, new study finds

(Kaitlin Sullivan/ NCN Today Show) — The HPV vaccine is far more effective than expected, with benefits extending beyond those who receive the vaccine, a study published June 26 finds. The new study, published in The Lancet, suggests that the more people who receive the vaccine, the better. That’s because vaccination not only reduces rates […]

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Harvard scientists make ‘landmark’ discovery in synthesizing anti-cancer molecules found in sea sponges

(Ed Cara/ Gizmodo) — Harvard and Japanese scientists say they’ve made a “landmark” discovery in cancer drug development. In a new study published June 17, they say they have finally found a way to synthesise in bulk a complex class of promising cancer-fighting molecules derived from sea sponges. Their new strategy has already helped speed […]

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Just one in five women at risk of breast cancer know alcohol increases the danger

(Laura Donnelly/ The Telegraph) — Just one in five women attending breast cancer clinics are aware alcohol increases the risk of disease – and half of staff have no idea. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK, with 54,000 diagnoses and 11,000 deaths annually. Scientists estimate that alcohol consumption causes around one […]

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AI may help radiologists reduce missed breast cancer cases

(Matt O’Connor / HealthImaging) — A combined deep and machine learning approach trained to read mammograms and electronic health records (EHRs) may be used to greatly reduce missed breast cancer cases, according to a June 18 study published in Radiology. The algorithm, trained on more than 9,000 mammograms and EHRs, predicted breast malignancy within one […]

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They told her she was too young to get breast cancer. They were wrong.

(Camille Laurin-Desjardins/ HuffPost.CA) — In the months after giving birth to her second child, Michelle Friesen had mastitis a few times. She figured the lump in her breast was a natural result of breastfeeding, and part of the painful tissue inflammation. Then, she received a diagnosis that seemed so unlikely: she had breast cancer at […]

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