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  1. Targeted Drugs Among Successes Against Cancer

    By Tara Haelle HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Sept. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- About 14.5 million U.S. cancer survivors are alive today, compared to just 3 million in 1971, the American Association for Cancer Research reported Tuesday. These individuals amount to 4 percent of the population and inclu

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  2. This May Help Fight Some Advanced Lung Cancers

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Sept. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Adding chest radiation to chemotherapy allows some people with small-cell lung cancer to live longer and cuts recurrence rates by nearly 50 percent, European researchers report. Based on the results of a four-coun

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  3. Male Pattern Baldness Tied to Prostate Cancer

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Sept. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Men with male pattern baldness may face a higher risk of developing an aggressive type of prostate cancer than men with no balding, a new study suggests. But, the study authors noted that it's not clear yet whether men wi

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  4. Risks of Breast Cancer Screening in Women 70-Plus

    Sept. 15, 2014 -- Including women ages 70 and over in a national breast cancer screening program does not lead to a large decline in advanced cases, and it may have certain consequences, a Dutch study says. In the Netherlands, the upper age limit for getting screened was extended from 69 to 75 in 19

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  5. New Guidelines to Treat Advanced Prostate Cancer

    By EJ Mundell HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Sept. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Men newly diagnosed with prostate cancer often turn first to testosterone-depleting therapies, since male hormones help prostate tumors grow. But, those therapies almost always fail over time as the tumor develops resistance,

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  6. Watchful Waiting and Black Men With Prostate Cancer

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Sept. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Monitoring early stage prostate cancer instead of treating it may not be appropriate for all patients, especially black men, a new study indicates. According to background information with the study, there is currently con

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  7. Bras Blameless for Breast Cancer Risk: Study

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Sept. 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- When it comes to breast cancer risk, women's bras are off the hook, a new study says. To determine if concerns that have surfaced in the past over whether wearing bras might increase the chances of tumors, the researcher

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  8. FDA Approves New Drug to Combat Melanoma

    THURSDAY, Sept. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Advocates for melanoma research are applauding the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's approval on Thursday of a new drug to treat advanced melanoma. Keytruda (pembrolizumab) is approved for treatment of patients with advanced melanoma that no longer respo

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  9. Newer Drug Helps Older Myeloma Patients

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Sept. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A cancer drug that targets the immune system may help improve the outlook for older adults with multiple myeloma, though a stem cell transplant remains the standard of care for relatively younger patients. Those are some o

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  10. 'Angelina Jolie Effect' On Cancer Gene Testing

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Sept. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- In the months after actress and activist Angelina Jolie revealed last year that she had undergone a preventive double mastectomy because of an increased risk for breast cancer, the number of women referred for genetic

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