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  1. Breast Cancer Survival: Early Detection Still Key

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Oct. 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Even with recent strides in breast cancer treatment, a woman's chances of surviving the disease still partly depend on early detection, a new study says. The study of nearly 174,000 Dutch breast cancer patients found that sur

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  2. This Surgery May Not Be Best Rectal Cancer Option

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Oct. 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Minimally invasive surgery does not match standard surgery for the treatment of rectal cancer, new research indicates. The finding is based on a pair of studies, one conducted in the United States and Canada, and the other co

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  3. FDA Approves New Treatment for Lung Cancer

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Oct. 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved an immunotherapy drug for the treatment of advanced non-small cell lung cancer. Keytruda (pembrolizumab) can be used to treat advanced non-small cell lung cancer in p

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  4. Radiation May Be Overused in Advanced Lung Cancer

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Oct. 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Late-stage lung cancer patients in the United States often receive more radiation therapy than recommended, a new study finds. While radiation therapy can reduce pain and improve quality of life, unnecessary treatments incr

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  5. Too Few Get Counseling Before BRCA Gene Test

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Oct. 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Only about one-third of women receive genetic counseling before they undergo testing to see if they have a gene mutation that increases their risk of breast or ovarian cancer, a new study reports. Such counseling is imp

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  6. CT Lung Cancer Scans Turn Up Few False-Positives

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Oct. 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Recently, CT-based screening for lung cancer in long-term smokers has been recommended by experts, and the scans are now covered by Medicare and some private insurers. But will these scans result in too many false-positiv

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  7. Height May Be Linked to Increased Cancer Risk

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Oct. 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A study of more than 5 million Swedish men and women suggests that the taller you are, the greater your risk of cancer. For every 4 additional inches of adult height, the study found that cancer risk was linked to an 18

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  8. Hormone Therapy Safe During Ovarian Cancer?

    Sept. 29, 2015 -- Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) may be safe for women with ovarian cancer, according to a new study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. HRT has been linked to an increased risk of getting breast, ovarian, and uterine cancer. This is the first study to look at the risk

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  9. Computer-Aided Mammograms May Not Be Worth Cost

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Sept. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A commonly used computer-aided mammography tool may not improve breast cancer detection, a new study contends. The finding is based on an analysis of more than 625,000 mammograms conducted between 2003 and 2009. "Studies on

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  10. More Evidence Daily Aspirin May Fight Colon Cancer

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Sept. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Millions of Americans already take a low-dose daily aspirin to help shield their hearts. Now, a new study suggests the same inexpensive pill might extend survival for patients battling cancers of the gastrointestinal trac

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