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  1. Antiviral Drug May Extend Brain Cancer Survival

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Sept. 4 (HealthDay News) -- A drug used against a common virus may lengthen the lives of people with a deadly form of brain cancer, a preliminary study suggests. Writing in the Sept. 5 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers reported on 5

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  2. MRI and Outcomes for Early Form of Breast Cancer

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Sept. 4 (HealthDay News) -- Adding in pricey MRI scans does not boost outcomes for most women who undergo a lumpectomy for the early, noninvasive form of breast cancer called ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), a new study finds. Some doctors order

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  3. 10 Mammogram Myths and Facts

    You may have a million excuses not to get that annual mammogram, but your reasons may not be as good as you think. Don't blow off your appointment before you get the facts behind these myths and defenses. It's true that if breast cancer runs in your family, you're more likely to get it, especially i

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  4. New Hope for Early Detection of Ovarian Cancer

    By Brenda Goodman HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Aug. 26 (HealthDay News) -- A simple blood test combined with an ultrasound exam may help doctors catch ovarian cancer while it's still treatable, a new study shows. Ovarian cancer is a silent killer. It strikes with few, if any, symptoms. By the time a w

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  5. Getting to Root of Redheads' Higher Melanoma Risk

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Aug. 22 (HealthDay News) -- It's well known that natural redheads are at higher odds for deadly melanoma skin cancer, and new research in mice may help explain why. Researchers at Harvard Medical School say the genetic mutation responsible for red hair a

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  6. High-Tech Prostate Scan May Boost Cancer Detection

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Aug. 16 (HealthDay News) -- An innovative fusion of MRI and ultrasound might be a better way to detect and assess prostate cancer, while helping men avoid unnecessary biopsies, researchers say. The technology blends real-time imaging from both MRI and ul

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  7. Healthy Eating Might Ward Off Pancreatic Cancer

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Aug. 15 (HealthDay News) -- In a study of more than 500,000 Americans, those who ate a healthy diet reduced their risk for pancreatic cancer by 15 percent. The diet used in the study followed federal dietary guidelines from 2005 and recommended eating

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  8. 18-Year Study Finds Drug Cut Prostate Cancer Risk

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Aug. 14 (HealthDay News) -- A drug used to treat enlarged prostate and male pattern baldness also reduces a man's risk of prostate cancer by nearly a third, according to a large new study. The findings on nearly 19,000 men also overturn earlier concer

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  9. Colon Cancer Linked to Mouth Infection?

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Aug. 14 (HealthDay News) -- An infection from a common type of mouth bacteria can contribute to colorectal cancer, a new study suggests. The bacteria, called Fusobacterium nucleatum, can attach to colon cells and trigger a sequence of changes that can l

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  10. Pictures May Help Encourage Skin Cancer Self-Exams

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Aug. 9 (HealthDay News) -- Pictures can make a strong impression: People who see images of skin cancer are more likely to do skin examinations, according to a new study. An evidence review concluded that people who saw pictures of skin cancer were motivate

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