More Americans Surviving Cancer Today Than 20 Years Ago

February 19, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Feb. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Survival rates are improving for many people with cancers of the breast, prostate, lung, liver and colon or rectum, especially for those diagnosed at younger ages, a new study reports.
Cancer is still a leading cause of death in the United States, but advances in radiation, […]

Mammogram Rates May Fall When Women Learn of ‘Overdiagnosis’ Risk

February 19, 2015

THURSDAY, Feb. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Educating women about the possibility of “overdiagnosis” from mammography screening may make some of them less likely to get the test, a new study says.
One expert said the findings are important.
“The take-home message needs to be that women should be informed, not only of the benefits of mammography, […]

Too Few Breast Cancer Patients Getting Radiation After Mastectomy: Study

February 17, 2015

TUESDAY, Feb. 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Many American women with locally advanced breast cancer do not receive recommended radiation therapy after mastectomy, a new study finds.
Experts at the U.S. National Cancer Institute currently recommend that breast cancer patients who undergo mastectomy receive radiation therapy if their cancer has spread to four or more nearby […]

U.S. Smoking Deaths May Be Underestimated, Study Suggests

February 11, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Smoking may be killing more people than even current estimates indicate, a new study suggests.
According to the U.S. Surgeon General, about 480,000 Americans die of smoking-related causes each year, but that figure may be closer to 540,000, researchers from the American Cancer Society report.
While […]

2 Genetic Variants for Breast Cancer Identified

February 5, 2015

THURSDAY, Feb. 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Scientists say they have identified two new genetic variants that are associated with an increased risk of breast cancer.
The two variants apparently affect the KLF4 gene, which is believed to help control the way cells grow and divide, and they are most strongly linked with estrogen receptor-positive breast […]

Lung Cancer No. 1 Cancer Killer of Women in Wealthy Nations

February 4, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Lung cancer has overtaken breast cancer as the leading cancer killer of women in developed countries, reflecting changing smoking patterns among females worldwide, a new report shows.
Legions of women began smoking four decades ago, and the dire consequences are just being seen now in wealthy […]

Breast Reconstruction Complications Similar for Older, Younger Women

January 30, 2015

FRIDAY, Jan. 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The overall risk of complications from breast reconstruction after breast removal is only slightly higher for older women than for younger women, a new study indicates.
Researchers looked at data from nearly 41,000 women in the United States who had one breast removed between 2005 and 2012. Of those […]

Diabetes Patients Lax With Meds If Diagnosed With Cancer, Study Finds

January 29, 2015

THURSDAY, Jan. 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) — People with diabetes are less likely to take their diabetes medications if they’ve been diagnosed with cancer, researchers report.
The new study included more than 16,000 diabetes patients, average age 68, taking drugs to lower their blood sugar. Of those patients, more than 3,200 were diagnosed with […]

Soda Habit May Prompt Early Puberty in Girls, Study Suggests

January 27, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Jan. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Girls who consume a lot of sugary drinks may enter puberty earlier than girls who don’t, Harvard researchers report.
Among nearly 5,600 girls aged 9 to 14 who were followed between 1996 and 2001, the researchers found that those who drank more than 1.5 servings of […]

Many Breast Cancer Patients Lack Info on Their Cancer

January 26, 2015

By Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Jan. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Many women with breast cancer lack basic knowledge about their disease, such as their cancer stage and other characteristics, according to a new study.
The lack of knowledge was even more pronounced among minority women, the study authors found.
This finding is worrisome because knowing about a […]


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