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  • Cancer Clusters: What Are They?

    August 20, 2015
    Cancer cluster is a phrase commonly used by doctors and researchers, but it’s something patients and others may not understand. This term is used to describe an occurrence where a greater than anticipated number of cancer cases occur within a defined geographic area. A cluster, for example, might be investigated when several members of the same family, neighborhood, community...read more
  • Early Obesity Could Raise Colon Cancer Risk in Men

    July 26, 2015
    Gaining a better understanding of colorectal cancer risks has been the focus of much study in recent years. With an estimated 93,000 new cases of colon cancer and nearly 40,000 new case of rectal cancer diagnosed just in the United States annually, gaining a better handle on reducing risks is important. Researchers in Sweden may have found a new...read more
  • Breast Cancer Screenings Can Reduce Death Risks Dramatically

    July 15, 2015
    With an estimated 231,000 new cases of breast cancer diagnosed annually in the United States and about 40,000 deaths, the need to detect this cancer early and begin treatments is high. Women who find their cancer in its earliest stages are likely to discover their treatment options are greater and the chances for success of those treatments much higher. Researchers...read more
  • Obesity Becoming a Big Concern for Oncologists

    July 1, 2015
    With obesity giving smoking a run for its money when it comes to causes of preventable cancer, oncologists may soon take a stronger role in counseling patients to shed pounds. The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) has launched its own obesity initiative to help patients better understand the importance of weight loss. Obesity is a major factor in the...read more
  • New Bronzing Cream May Prevent Skin Cancer

    June 22, 2015
    A new topical cream that delivers a bronzing effect to the skin while preventing melanoma through UV blocking properties may soon be taking the market by storm. The cream, developed by researchers at the University of Cincinnati, also has the bonus effect of stimulating the repair of UV-damaged skin cell DNA. What all that means is that sun lovers...read more
  • Proper Skin Care is Critical for Radiation Patients

    May 26, 2015
    External beam radiation treatments are a common course for people battling a variety of cancers. For most, proper skin care is essential to hold off or lessen the effects of radiation dermatitis. Even so, many patients fail to follow through with simple measures that can lessen the impacts of this common side effect. Radiation dermatitis is essentially a skin reaction...read more
  • Radiation Therapies Have Improved by Leaps and Bounds

    May 15, 2015
    Radiation therapy for cancer treatment has long been proven to be beneficial. This type of treatment, however, presented some potential pitfalls in its application. While high-energy radiation is known to damage DNA so completely that cancer cells die, the cells around a tumor can also be harmed in the process. Practitioners say advancements in this technology have combined to make...read more
  • America’s Cancer Statistics Are Stabilizing

    April 30, 2015
    A new report issued by the North American Association of Cancer Registries delivers some good news about this potentially fatal disease. Researchers have found that overall the rate of people diagnosed or killed by cancer across the country is starting to stabilize and even decrease in some areas for men and women both. The new report is also helping doctors...read more
  • The Cancer Notebook: Why You Need One

    April 13, 2015
    If you've been diagnosed with cancer, chances are pretty strong you have a lot of questions on your mind. Unfortunately, it’s also likely these questions are coming so fast and furious you can’t sort them well enough to speak a coherent sentence let alone carry on a serious conversation with your doctor. It’s OK! Just breathe, give yourself some time...read more
  • Is There a Link Between Obesity and Cancer?

    March 31, 2015
    Most people understand that obesity and heart disease are strongly linked. After all, when the body is carrying around extra pounds, the heart must work harder just to perform its basic job. But, what about cancer? Does being overweight increase the risks for this potentially fatal condition forming? The simple answer is yes. A number of studies have indicated that obesity...read more

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