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HPV Vaccine to All Girls from 2012 in Mexico

image Mexico's health ministry said Tuesday that it plans to administer the vaccine against human papillomavirus (HPV), which can cause cervical cancer, to all girls beginning next year. Beginning in 2012, the HPV vaccine will be part of the normal course of shots given to all girls at the age of nine, Health Minister Jose Angel Cordova said. Cervical cancer kills about 4,200 women in Mexico each year. The minister said while deaths from cervical cancer had fallen 4...
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Anticancer Treatment Gets More Effective With Tiny Oxygen Generators

image Researchers have created and tested miniature devices that are implanted in tumors to generate oxygen, boosting the killing power of radiation and chemotherapy. The technology is designed to treat solid tumors that are hypoxic at the center, meaning the core contains low oxygen levels. "This is not good because radiation therapy needs oxygen to be effective," said Babak Ziaie, a Purdue University professor of electrical and computer engineering and biomedical engineering....
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New Laser Microscope Can Diagnose Skin Cancer

image A new type of laser scanning confocal microscope has been developed by physicists, which could diagnose skin cancer in a single snap shot. Typical LSCMs take 3-D images of thick tissue samples by visualizing thin slices within that tissue one layer at a time. Sometimes scientists supplement these microscopes with spectrographs, which are devices that measure the pattern of wavelengths, or "colours", in the light reflected off of a piece of tissue. This ...
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Childhood Cancers and Virus

image Yale University researchers are looking at a virus belonging to the same family as the rabies virus to fight cancer, reveals report published in Journal of Virology. /ISoft tissue sarcomas are cancers that develop in tissues which connect, support, or surround other structures and organs of the body. Muscles, tendons, fibrous tissues, fat, blood vessels, nerves, and synovial tissues are types of soft tissue. While relatively rare in adults, they represent approximately 15% of ...
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Survival in Locally Advanced Rectal Cancer Predicted by MRI

image Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) used to evaluate responses to pre-surgery (neo-adjuvant) chemotherapy or radiation may predict survival among patients with advanced rectal cancer, a new study has shown. The findings suggest that MRI-assessed tumor responses to neoadjuvant therapy can help physicians to better plan their patients' subsequent treatments. MRI prior to surgery could help in the management of patients in a number of ways, including offering more intense ther...
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Research Initiated With Aim to Starve Breast Cancer Cells

image Researchers report that the most common breast cancer uses the most efficient, powerful food delivery system known in human cells and blocking that system kills it. This method of starving cancer cells could provide new options for patients, particularly those resistant to standard therapies such as tamoxifen, Georgia Health Sciences University researchers said. Human estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer cells thriving in a Petri dish or transplanted onto mice die wh...
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People in England More Likely to Get Cancer Drug-Prescriptions Than Those in Wales

image A cancer charity organization has found that people in England were more likely to get cancer drugs prescribed by their doctors than those in Scotland and Wales. Researchers from the Rarer Cancers Foundation (RCF) collected data related to drugs types, approved by the government's cancer drugs fund, from various health trusts in England by using the Freedom of Information Act. The researchers then compared the data with exceptional-case approvals of the same drugs in Scotland and Wales....
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Doctors Advice the Government to Halt the Export of Asbestos

image Doctors in Canada are against the government's move of removing asbestos from the list of extremely harmful products. It is important to understand that prolonged exposure to the harmful effects of asbestos can cause illness and even death. Therefore, it is imperative that Canada should exercise some caution in the export of such a dangerous product. Doctors in Canada are of the opinion that by exporting asbestos to third world nations, where workers may not be aware of its r...
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Scanner That Detects Breast Cancer Without Using Radiation Developed

image Israeli scientists have developed a scanner that can detect breast cancer more effectively than traditional X-ray mammograms without using radiation. The new device finds tumours in the breast by using infrared beams and thermal energy. Scientists at Real Imaging, the Israeli inventors of the scanner, found women with breast cancer produced different signals on the surface of their skin. The machine can detect this without direct contact with the breast. In a ...
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Research Sheds Light on Uncovering the Spread of Deadly Cancer

image Individual cancer cells and the routes they travel as the tumor spreads have been mapped out by researchers at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. The researchers used a novel cryo-imaging technique to obtain the unprecedented look at a mouse model of glioblastoma multiforme, a particularly aggressive cancer that has no treatments to stop it from spreading. A description of their work, and images, will be published Sept. 1 in the journal ICancer Research...
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