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    1. Advanced Prostate Cancer: Research Update

      From treatment vaccines to changes in the medicines you're taking right now, scientists are working to find new treatments for prostate cancer.   They build on the "complete revolution in the treatment of advanced prostate cancer" in recent years, says Gary M. Kirsh, MD. He's the president of the La

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    2. Keytruda May Help Fight Tough-to-Treat Lung Cancer

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter SATURDAY, Dec. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The immune therapy drug Keytruda (pembrolizumab) may extend the lives of people with advanced lung cancer, a new study finds. Keytruda is commonly used to treat other tumor types, and made headlines recently after it hel

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    3. Most Cancers Stem From Avoidable Things: Study

      Dec. 17, 2015 -- Most cases of cancer are due to things some people can avoid, rather than to chance or genetics, a new study in the journal Nature suggests. The researchers in this study suggest that between 70% and 90% of the most common cancers are caused by things in the environment, like toxic

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    4. Annual Ovarian Cancer Blood Test May Save Lives

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Dec. 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- An annual blood test to screen postmenopausal women for ovarian cancer could reduce deaths from this killer by 20 percent, a large British trial suggests. Currently, with no reliable screening method, most ovarian canc

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    5. Electromagnetic Waves May Help Fight Brain Cancer

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Dec. 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Low-intensity electromagnetic waves might help slow a quick-growing and deadly form of brain cancer, researchers report. Patients with glioblastoma experienced slightly better overall survival and delayed recurrence of

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    6. Surgery vs. Radiation for Early Prostate Cancer

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Dec. 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Men with prostate cancer that's still confined to the organ are more likely to survive if they have surgery rather than radiation therapy, a new Canadian study suggests. This type of "localized" prostate cancer is the mos

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    7. Suspicious Pigment Spots More Common on Dark Skin

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Dec. 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People with darker skin are about one-third more likely to have potentially dangerous pigment "spots" on their palms and soles, a new study finds. In rare cases, these "acral pigmented lesions" turn out to be melanoma skin

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    8. This Plus Radiation Fights Prostate Cancer: Study

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Dec. 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A combination of "suicide gene therapy" and radiation is highly effective in treating prostate cancer, researchers say. In this type of gene therapy, a patient's cancer cells are genetically modified so that they prompt th

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    9. Mammogram Guidelines: FAQ

      If you're approaching the big 4-0, you're probably wondering if it's time to book your first mammogram -- or if you can put it off for another few years. It's no wonder you're confused: Conflicting guidelines from leading medical groups have made this issue murkier than ever. Some key facts can help

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    10. Laser: A Breast Cancer Treatment Alternative?

      By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Dec. 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Using a laser to heat and destroy tumors -- called laser ablation -- may be an effective way to treat small breast cancers, potentially saving some women from a lumpectomy, new research suggests. The laser ablation techn

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