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Researchers are continually investigating the numerous health-protecting properties of the phytochemicals in fruits and vegetables. (Phytochemicals are substances produced by plants that help to protect them from insects, diseases and other threats to their health. These same substances help to protect human...
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Ultrasound Method May Supplant Biopsies December 4, 2006 CHICAGO (AP) -- An experimental ultrasound technique that measures how easily breast lumps compress and bounce back could enable doctors to determine instantly whether a woman has cancer or not -- without having to do a biopsy. In a small study of 80 women, the technique, called "elastography," distinguished harmless lumps from malignant ones with nearly 100 percent accuracy. If the results hold up in a larger study,...
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NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Approximately 40 percent of women say they "feel uncomfortable" when asked to decide between breast-conserving surgery and radical mastectomy for breast cancer, according to a Canadian study.

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Dr. Wally J. Temple and associates at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada, conducted a study involving 157 women diagnosed with breast cancer who were all candidates for breast-conserving surgery.

Nonetheless, only 71...
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Proper Diet, Exercise May Affect Cancer Gene Expression By Will Dunham Comprehensive lifestyle changes including a better diet and more exercise can lead not only to a better physique, but also to swift and dramatic changes at the genetic level, U.S. researchers have said. In a small study, the researchers tracked 30 men with low-risk prostate cancer who decided against conventional medical treatment such as surgery and radiation or hormone therapy. The...
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By Steven Reinberg, HealthDay As many as 61 percent of cancer patients use complementary therapies such as prayer, relaxation, meditation and massage, researchers from the American Cancer Society report. This new study echoes findings of other, smaller studies that also found that many cancer patients use complementary treatments. The kinds of methods used were influenced by sex, race, age, education, type of cancer and how far the disease has spread. "Many...
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FDA Approves New Drug for Skin Cancer, Zolinza

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today approved Zolinza (vorinostat) capsules for the treatment of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL), a type of skin cancer, to be used when the disease persists, gets worse, or comes back during or after treatment with other medicines.

Zolinza was approved as part of FDA's Orphan Drug program, which offers companies financial incentives to develop medications for diseases...
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British cancer campaigner completes trans-American cycle trip Fri Sep 1, 1:35 PM ET Six years ago she was told she had only months to live, but terminally-ill cancer campaigner Jane Tomlinson cycled into New York after a gruelling charity ride across the United States. The 42-year-old from Leeds, England rode into Battery Park overlooking the Statue of Liberty to be welcomed by family and friends after covering almost 6,000 kilometers (3,700 miles) in the nine weeks since she...
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After Katie, Colon Cancer Screening Up 20% Rise in Colon Cancer Testing After Katie Couric's On-Air Colonoscopy By Cherie Berkley, MS Reviewed By Michael Smith, MD on Monday, July 14, 2003 WebMD Medical News July 14, 2003 -- TV personality Katie Couric is a prime example of the power of celebrity to get a medical message out. A new study shows that after Couric underwent a colonoscopy on the Today show in March 2000, test rates jumped more than 20%...
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Alcohol does not affect prostate cancer risk Mon Oct 2, 11:24 AM ET Drinking does not appear to be associated with the overall incidence of prostate cancer, according to findings published in the International Journal of Cancer. However, men who drink alcohol may have a lower risk of having an aggressive prostate cancer and dying from this cancer. "Although there is little evidence to support an association between alcohol consumption and prostate cancer risk, questions remain...
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Alcohol May Increase Breast Cancer Risk Fat Hormone Leptin Could Explain Alcohol, Breast Cancer Link By Salynn Boyles Reviewed By Michael Smith, MD on Tuesday, November 18, 2003 WebMD Medical News Nov. 18, 2003 - Drinking alcohol, even in moderation, may increase a woman's breast cancer risk. Now a carefully controlled government study may help explain why. Consuming one or two alcoholic drinks per day was found to increase blood levels of the fat...
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