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Mutations in a Crucial Gene can Cause Many Cancers

image Mutations in a crucial gene, that offers protection against cancer, can itself trigger a variety of cancers, a study has revealed. esearchers at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center-Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute examined mutations in a gene called PTEN. People who inherit a mutated copy of this gene have Cowden syndrome- a condition that carries a high risk of cancer in a number of organs, inc...
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Researchers Find Clues to Pregnancy-associated Breast Cancer

image The reason behind the aggressiveness and frequency of pregnancy-associated breast cancer has been explained in a claim made by researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago. According to the new research, expression of inflammatory-related genes in breast tissue of women who have previously given birth may be behind the crime. Pregnancy at a relatively young age reduces the risk of breast cancer over the long term, but epidemiological studies have fou...
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Radiation Therapy Not Used Enough Post-mastectomy: Study

image A new American study has found women who have had mastectomy and would benefit from radiation therapy are less likely to receive it than those who have had lumpectomy. The research, conducted by scientists at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, has appeared in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. The study analysed 2,260 women treated for breast cancer, assessing whether they had lumpectomy or mastectomy, and whether they would be stro...
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Radon in Residential Buildings can Cause Lung Cancer

image High radon levels in residential buildings has caused about 1900 deaths from lung cancer per year in Germany. This was the conclusion reached in the current edition of IDeutsches Arzteblatt International/I by Klaus Schmid of the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg and his coauthors. The authors base their assessment on the results of relevant studies, the recently published S1 guideline of the German Society for Occupational and Environmental Medicine and a current publication from ...
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Single Half-hour “Shot” of Radiotherapy Treatment for Breast Cancer

image According to British doctors, a single half-hour "shot" treatment for breast cancer can now do away with a six-week course of tumor-destroying therapy. The radiotherapy treatment, which is for use in patients with early breast cancer after they have undergone surgery on the tumor, is showing positive results in early trials in patients. The novel therapy is designed to kill remaining cancerous cells with a concentrated beam of radiation. Currentl...
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Childhood Cancer Patients Enrolled in Clinical Trials Need Clearer Communication About Their Role: Research

image Children with cancer enrolled in therapeutic clinical research trials do not fully understand what physicians and parents tell them about their participation, a new study says. It adds that such children do not they feel they are genuinely involved in the choice to take part. The study, led by Yoram Unguru, M.D., an associate faculty member at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics, will be published online March 29 in the journal IPediatrics/I. While an esti...
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Bollywood Lent a Helping Hand for Breast Cancer Cause

image Bollywood lent a helping hand to the cause of breast cancer-affected people and spread public awareness about the dangers associated with cancer on Saturday, when actors Sanjay Dutt and Sharman Joshi rewarded winners of a rally organized here recently. Organised at the Bandra Reclamation Grounds here, 'The Lavasa Women's Drive 2010' was held on March 7 to raise awareness and aid for cancer among women. Dutt, Joshi and filmmaker Rakesh Roshan presente...
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Beta-blockers Can Help Check Breast Cancer

image Beta-blockers can help check breast cancer, a researcher told the seventh European Breast Cancer Conference in Barcelona Friday. In a controlled study, Dr. Des Powe, a senior healthcare research scientist at Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham University Hospital NHS Trust, Nottingham, UK, and his team found that the group of patients treated with beta-blockers showed a significant reduction in metastasis and better survival. The scientists believe that they are the first in the world to ...
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Some Lifestyles Could Lead To Breast Cancer

image Breast cancer might not result merely from genetic quirks. Unhealthy lifestyles too could provoke it. Modern lifestyles which feature regular drinking, lack of exercise and increased obesity are fuelling the rise of the disease, the European Breast Cancer Conference heard Friday. Up to a third of breast cancer cases could be avoided if women ate less and exercised more, it has been claimed. Carlo La Vecchia of Milan University told the conference in Barcelona: 'What can b...
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Breast Cancer can be Prevented by Eating Less and Exercising More

image An expert has said that women should eat less, cut down on booze and exercise more to prevent breast cancer. According to Carlo La Vecchia, head of epidemiology at the University of Milan, females should eat more fruit and vegetables and less fat and red meat, drink less alcohol and do more exercise, reports The Daily Express. The expert told a cancer conference: "What can be achieved with breast cancer screening has been achieved. "It's time to move on to o...
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