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  1. Obese Patients With Pancreatic Cancer Have Shorter Survival, Study Finds

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Oct. 22 (HealthDay News) -- A diagnosis of pancreatic cancer usually carries with it a poor prognosis, and the news may be even worse for those who are obese: It could mean dying two to three months sooner than pancreatic cancer patients of normal weigh

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  2. Air Pollution a Leading Cause of Cancer

    The United Nation's World Health Organization (WHO) has classified air pollution as a prime cause of cancer worldwide, especially in the case of lung cancer. The WHO's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has now placed dirty air in the same category of carcinogens as tobacco smoke, ul

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  3. Blood Test Shows Promise for Cancer Detection

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Oct. 15 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say they've developed a blood test that can detect some cases of early stage lung and prostate cancer. Although the test has limited accuracy and only a small number of people have tried it, it potentially could pro

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  4. The Steady Rise in Thyroid Cancer

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Oct. 10 (HealthDay News) -- Better detection alone doesn't explain the dramatic increase in thyroid cancer cases seen in the United States over the past three decades, a new study says. Researchers who looked at records for more than 200 patients were

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  5. Cancer Drug Nexavar Tied to Pancreas Damage

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Oct. 9 (HealthDay News) -- The cancer drug sorafenib, known by its trade name Nexavar, could have a toxic effect on the pancreas of patients who take it for extended periods. Sorafenib works by inhibiting or halting the creation of new blood vessels i

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  6. Laparoscopic Surgery for Colon Cancer May Benefit Seniors

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Oct. 8 (HealthDay News) -- Seniors who have minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery for colon cancer are much less likely to end up in a nursing home after being discharged from the hospital than those who have open surgery, a new study finds. One expert

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  7. Advanced Prostate Cancer: Radiation Overused?

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Oct. 8 (HealthDay News) -- Most men given radiation to control pain from advanced prostate cancer undergo more treatments than they really need, a new study suggests. Once cancer advances to invade the bones, radiation therapy is usually used to ease the pai

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  8. Daily Walk May Cut Your Breast Cancer Risk

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Oct. 4 (HealthDay News) -- Older women who walk every day may reduce their risk of developing breast cancer. And those who exercise vigorously may get even more protection, according to new research. The study of more than 73,000 postmenopausal women fou

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  9. Older Men Gain Little From PSA Test: Study

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Oct. 4 (HealthDay News) -- The large amount of money that Medicare spends on PSA screening for prostate cancer provides little benefit for older men, according to a new study. Over three years, the Medicare fee-for-service program spent more than $450 mill

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  10. Skin Cancer Patients Not Avoiding Sun: Study

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Oct. 2 (HealthDay News) -- Some people with melanoma aren't cautious about sun exposure, a small new study suggests, even though ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun is a major cause of skin cancer. Researchers looked at 20 patients with malignant me

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