Posts tagged ‘HealthDay’


Better to run than walk for breast cancer survivors? Expert doubts it

February 9, 2014 | by
A new study suggests breast cancer survivors can get even greater reductions in breast cancer mortality by running, rather than walking.
Regular exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle – especially for breast cancer survivors. Not only has research shown that exercise helps lower the risk of breast cancer, it also increases the survival chances for women diagnosed with the cancer. A new study suggests breast cancer survivors who run have greater health benefits than those who walk. Now a study in the International Journal of Cancer suggests that breast cancer survivors can get even greater reductions in breast cancer mortality by choosing a more robust exercise such as running, rather than walking. Lead…

Yearly mammograms can lower risk of breast cancer spread

December 31, 2013 | by
Review of eight studies on mammograms concludes breast cancer screening should be based on a woman's individual risk.
Preventive mammogram guidelines have long been a hot topic for debate. Medical professionals and health care organizations are divided on how often a woman should be screened and at what age a woman should start preventive screening. A new study reaffirms women should be receiving mammograms starting at age 40 and continuing to receive them every year. Health care organizations such as the American Cancer Society recommend annual mammograms for women beginning at age 40. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends that women be screened every two years starting at age 50. A new…

Americans aware of HPV vaccine, but not its effectiveness

December 12, 2013 | by
Many are still unaware of the HPV vaccination's effectiveness for lowering the risk of cervical cancer.
Many people have heard of the vaccine against human papillomavirus (HPV), but they often don’t know how well it works to lower the risk of cervical cancer, a new study has found. In fact, few people actually talk to their doctors about the vaccine. Many are still unaware of the HPV vaccination’s effectiveness for lowering the risk of cervical cancer. The study, which was funded by the American Cancer Society, was presented this month at the American Association for Cancer Research Conference on health disparities. It used 2012 and 2013 data from the National Cancer Institute survey on health trends. The 1,400…

Cancer survival: ‘Progress is astonishing,’ expert says

September 19, 2013 | by
A million lives have been saved due to cancer advances, a new report says. More work remains.
Science is paying off. Thanks to the significant progress in cancer research and scientific discoveries, more people are surviving cancer. More than a million lives have been saved due to advances against cancer, a new report says. More work remains. The third annual cancer progress report from the American Association for Cancer Research found that there have been more than 1 million fewer cancer deaths since 1990. Further, the number of cancer survivors in the U.S. continues to increase, with more than 13.7 million current survivors. “The progress is astonishing,” said Cy Stein, M.D., Ph.D., Arthur &…

Cavities can lower risk of head and neck cancers? Expert not convinced

September 16, 2013 | by
Teeth
Cavities – commonly regarded as a sign of poor oral health – might not be so bad after all, suggests a new study linking cavities to a decrease in the risk of some cancers. But don’t toss the toothbrush just yet. An expert affiliated with City of Hope found the study to be extremely limited, so limited in fact that he doubts the findings. “The authors and correlation do not prove cause and effect,” said Joel Epstein, D.M.D., M.S.D., a consultant with the Division of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery at City of Hope. “Also, even…

Research might turn radiation for breast cancer upside down

September 7, 2012 | by
Photo of older woman lying face down
Most women undergoing radiation for breast cancer lie on their backs during treatment, but a new study out of New York might flip that practice. It suggests that most women would have fewer side effects if they lie face down. Radiation therapy uses high-energy beams, like X-rays, against cancer cells. Unfortunately, the beams can hit surrounding normal tissues in the heart and lungs. That causes side effects from coughing to chronic heart damage. So doctors and researchers are continually looking for ways to improve treatments. That may be as simple as telling patients to flip…