Oncology & Cancer Articles & Stories

Risk of Lung Cancer Has Risen Dramatically Among Female Smokers in Recent Decades

Risk of Lung Cancer Has Risen Dramatically Among Female Smokers in Recent Decades

Female smokers face a much higher risk of death from lung cancer and chronic obstructive lung disease in recent years compared to female smokers 20 to 40 years ago. According to the New England Journal of Medicine, this can be attributed to changes in smoking behavior. The increase in mortalit... Read More


Cancer Patients at the Mercy of Sequester Medicare Cuts

Cancer Patients at the Mercy of Sequester Medicare Cuts

Cancer clinics throughout the US are now refusing thousands of Medicare cancer patients in need of treatment. Doctors claim that the reduced funding for Medicare that took effect on April 1st, make it impossible to afford costly chemotherapy drugs and remain in business. The only alternative f... Read More


Virus Capable of Killing Prostate Cancer Cells Shows Treatment Promise

Virus Capable of Killing Prostate Cancer Cells Shows Treatment Promise

A Newcastle disease virus that has been modified to target and kill all types of prostate cancer cells while leaving normal cells untouched has shown potential as an effective cancer treatment. This treatment would be capable of avoiding the side effects that normally accompany hormonal treatm... Read More


Breast Cancer Patients Should Avoid High-Fat Dairy Products

Breast Cancer Patients Should Avoid High-Fat Dairy Products

Patients struggling with breast cancer should avoid eating high-fat dairy products in order to improve their chances at long-term survival. Conducted by Kaiser Permanente researchers and published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, this study is one of the first to find a connect... Read More


Colorectal Cancer Risk Reduced By 70% with Colonoscopy

Colorectal Cancer Risk Reduced By 70% with Colonoscopy

The risk of advanced colorectal cancer is reduced by about 70% in average-risk adults who receive colonoscopy screening. This finding was discovered by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and was published in the journal "Annals of Internal Medicine". Read More


Alcohol is a Major Player in U.S. Cancer Mortality

Alcohol is a Major Player in U.S. Cancer Mortality

It has been widely known that sun exposure can cause skin cancer and smoking can lead to lung cancer. Now a new report reveals that alcohol consumption is responsible for 3.5 percent of cancer deaths in the U.S. Published in the American Journal of Public Health, the findings outline cancer r... Read More


Reducing an Individual's Risk of Colon Cancer

Reducing an Individual's Risk of Colon Cancer

Colon cancer, which is usually a preventable and highly curable disease, is the second-leading cancer killer in the US, according to gastroenterologist Dr. Felice Schnoll-Sussman and Dr. Benjamin Lebwohl. They believe people would benefit from the knowledge of these five facts of colon cancer. Read More


The Ethical Implications of Gene Patenting

The Ethical Implications of Gene Patenting

Do genes qualify as a property that a single individual or corporation is allowed exclusive rights to? This spring, the Supreme Court will hear a case that could dictate the future of biomedicine. Currently, Myriad Genetics Corporation, a biotechnology outfit in Utah, has patented two human ge... Read More


Young Women See Rising Breast Cancer Rates

Young Women See Rising Breast Cancer Rates

There has been a small rise in the incidence of advanced stage breast cancer among women aged 25 to 39 years of age. This according to a recent study published in JAMA. Breast cancer is the most common form of tumor malignancy in women aged 15 to 39 and accounts for nearly 14% of all cancer c... Read More


Stem-Like Cells May Give Rise to Ovarian Cancer

Stem-Like Cells May Give Rise to Ovarian Cancer

Researchers have found that within the ovary is a group of cells similar to stem cells that can mutate to form tumors. While studying mouse ovaries, the scientists discovered they could trigger the stem-like cells into becoming cancerous by deactivating two tumor-suppressing genes. The study i... Read More



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