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After 30 years of overdiagnosis, scientists want to redefine cancer
Medical Daily
Who would have thought that advances in medical technology could potentially lead to unnecessary diagnoses and detrimental treatment plans? In March 2012, the National Cancer Institute held a meeting to evaluate the problem of cancer overdiagnosis, which occurs when harmless tumors are detected and treated as rigorously as harmful ones are, often leading to the demise or injury or patients.
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Gene that may stop the spread of breast cancer is identified
Rutgers
In cancer, the spread of tumor cells from the primary site to other parts of the body is called metastasis and is a major cause of death, especially in patients with breast cancer. A new study from Rutgers shows that metastasis in breast cancer and the risk of death are reduced when the function of the gene HMGA2 is limited.
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Panel urges lung cancer screening for millions of Americans
NPR
VideoBriefA federal task force is planning to recommend that millions of smokers and former smokers get a computed tomography scan annually to look for early signs of lung cancer. The 16-member U.S. Preventive Services Task Force gives that lung cancer screening test a grade of B, which puts it on the same level as mammography for women between the ages of 50 and 74.
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Cancer screening in dementia patients: Not an easy mix
Medscape Medical News
Regular screening for cancer in patients who are progressing with dementia is questionable, the authors note. Any mortality benefit from cancer screening is reduced because of the shorter life expectancy in people with dementia, and the screening tests — and various follow-ups — can be distressing.
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Using palliative radiotherapy to relieve bone metastasis pain
Oncology Nurse Advisor
With increasing survival times among cancer patients, the management of metastatic bone tumors and their recurrence is an increasingly common challenge. Recent studies and evidence-based reviews support single-dose palliative radiotherapy, which reduces the physical burdens of multifraction regimens followed by, upon recurrence, with re-irradiation or tumor ablation using emerging treatment modalities such as image-guided ultrasound.
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Researchers uncover how a potent compound kills prostate cancer cells
Medical Xpress
One major hallmark of cancer cells is their ability to survive under stressful conditions. A new study spearheaded by researchers at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute reveals how a promising anticancer compound called SMIP004 specifically kills prostate cancer cells by compromising their ability to withstand environmental stress.
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USC researchers examine cancer incidence
Health Canal
Based on a comprehensive study that included more than half the Asian-American and Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander populations, a team of scientists led by members of the Keck School of Medicine of USC and the Cancer Prevention Institute of California has produced the first analysis of national trends in cancer incidence among 11 Asian-American and NHOPI groups.
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Radiation-related thyroid cancer in youth has good prognosis
Medscape Medical News
In a study of young people who were diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer, 21- to 29-year-olds who had received radiation therapy for other childhood cancers were more likely to have aggressive thyroid tumors than their peers who had not been exposed to radiation. This was not true for children and adolescents.
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Women may not need pap smears every two years
ABC
A major Australian study has found women may not need to have pap smears every two years despite the current recommendation. Academics from the University of NSW reviewed 20 years' worth of data from Australia, New Zealand and England and found women who were screened every three years had a similar rate of incidence and deaths from cervical cancer compared to women screened more often.
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Health topic: colorectal cancer screening
TeleManagement
Ninety-three percent of colorectal cancer cases occur after age 50, and it's true that the risk for this disease increases even more as you get older. But younger adults and even teenagers can get colorectal cancer too, and it's estimated that 13,000 cases will be diagnosed in people under 50 years of age.
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Technique filters cancer where chemo can't reach
Medical Xpress
A cancer therapy that removes malignant cells from a patient's cerebrospinal fluid may soon be available to prevent metastases and decrease complications of cancers involving the brain, according to Penn State medical researchers.
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BPA and breast cancer: When academics spin statistics
Forbes
A new study funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and published in Environmental Health Perspectives, a journal the institute subsidizes, raises an alarm. This is not, in itself, unusual. EHP is a repository of alarming claims about the environment, but what makes this study different — and alarming in its own terms — is not the claim that "human relevant" exposure to BPA causes breast cancer in rodents, it's that when you look at the statistical data there is no meaningful relationship between BPA and cancer whatsoever.
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