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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Metformin May Lower Risk of Prostate Cancer Death

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Aug. 5 (HealthDay News) -- Metformin, a widely used diabetes drug, may reduce the risk of dying from prostate cancer, according to new research. A study of nearly 4,000 diabetic men found that those taking metformin when diagnosed with prostate cancer we

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  8. Channel Blockers for Blood Pressure Linked to Breast Cancer Risk, Study Finds

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Aug. 5 (HealthDay News) -- Postmenopausal women who use a type of blood pressure-lowering medication called a calcium channel blocker may have increased odds of developing breast cancer, new research suggests. Long-time users of these drugs have more tha

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  9. Tattoos Can Hide Malignant Melanomas, Experts Say

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 31 (HealthDay News) -- Millions of Americans head to the tattoo parlor to get "inked" each year, but a new study suggests that getting a tattoo over a mole or birthmark may not be healthy. That's because having a tattoo over a mole especially can m

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  10. Experts Call for Redefinition of 'Cancer'

    By E.J. Mundell HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, July 30 (HealthDay News) -- A panel of experts commissioned by the U.S. National Cancer Institute says that the word "cancer" may need to be redefined to prevent overdiagnosis and overtreatment of conditions that are often not lethal. Writing in the July 2

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