Cancer

Treatments Focus on Preventing, as Well as Curing, Breast Cancer

· · Cancer
It’s not surprising that breast cancer is a major health concern of women: Breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women, second only to skin cancers. However, thanks to medical advances, death rates from female breast cancer dropped 40 percent between 1989 and 2016. One reason for lower mortality … Read More

Preventing Colorectal Cancer

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Marie, an active, healthy 66-year-old female goes in for her colonoscopy. She tries to keep up with recommended screening tests, but it’s been more than 15 years since she’s had a colonoscopy. After all, it’s not the most comfortable test to have, and it’s easy to put off. This time, … Read More

The Promise of Plants in Skin Cancer

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Medicinal plants have been used for millennia, and several modern pharmaceuticals are inspired by or derived from them, including aspirin, digoxin, and penicillin. As skin cancer has become more common and more resistant to chemotherapy and radiation, researchers have looked to plants and their phytochemicals for possible new treatments, reported … Read More

News Bites: Vitamin D and Cancer; Diabetes Apps; Omega-6

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Vitamin D and Cancer

A randomized trial recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found no evidence that vitamin D supplementation improved relapse-free survival among cancer patients with gastrointestinal cancers (such as cancer of the esophagus, stomach, or colon). Observational studies have suggested that higher blood levels of … Read More

Medical Advances in Ovarian Cancer

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A 67-year-old woman goes to her primary care physician concerned about abdominal pressure, bloating, and pain. The new symptoms were sudden, severe, and have been ongoing for several days. A blood test followed by an ultrasound revealed a mass in the patient’s abdomen, the result of late- stage malignant ovarian … Read More

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