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  1. Vitamin D Linked to Lower Colorectal Cancer Risk

    Jan. 16, 2015 -- Researchers say they can now show how vitamin D has the power to protect some people from getting colorectal cancer, otherwise known as bowel cancer. A study found that vitamin D boosts the immune system's defenses against tumor cells. "People with high levels of vitamin D in their

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  2. Unhealthy Insulin Levels May Up Breast Cancer Risk

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Jan. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- After menopause, unhealthy insulin levels may predict breast cancer risk even more than excess weight, new research suggests. The new findings suggest "that it is metabolic health, and not overweight per se, that is as

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  3. Saliva Test Shows Promise in Lung Cancer Detection

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Jan. 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Medicare indicated recently that it might soon cover CT scans to check longtime smokers for early lung cancer, and these types of scans are becoming more common. Now, an experimental test may help determine whether lung

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  4. Fewer With Advanced Colon Cancer Getting Surgery

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Jan. 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Fewer U.S. colon cancer patients who are diagnosed in the final stages of their disease are having what can often be unnecessary surgery to have the primary tumor removed, researchers report. These patients are also liv

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  5. Gene Mutations and Colon Cancer in Black Patients

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Jan. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers who discovered new gene mutations linked to colon cancer in black Americans say their findings could lead to improved diagnosis and treatment. In the United States, blacks are significantly more likely to deve

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  6. Heart Risk Factors Tied to Uterine Cancer Risk

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Jan. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A collection of health risk factors known as the "metabolic syndrome" may boost older women's risk of endometrial cancer, even if they're not overweight or obese, a new study suggests. Metabolic syndrome refers to a group

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  7. Opdivo Shows Promise Against Lung Cancer

    Jan. 13, 2015 -- Drug-maker Bristol-Myers Squibb says a trial of nivolumab (Opdivo) has been stopped early because the drug improves how long people with a type of advanced lung cancer live compared to chemotherapy. This is the first time a survival advantage over chemo has been shown in lung cancer

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  8. As Altitude Rises, Lung Cancer Rates Seem to Fall

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Jan. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Americans who live in the mountains seem to have lower rates of lung cancer than those closer to the beach -- a pattern that suggests a role for oxygen intake, researchers speculate. Their study of counties across the Wester

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  9. Race, Ethnicity May Affect Breast Cancer Survival

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Jan. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Your chances of being diagnosed with early breast cancer, as well as surviving it, vary greatly depending on your race and ethnicity, a new study indicates. "It had been assumed lately that we could explain the differen

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  10. Vitamin D May Boost Colon Cancer Survival: Study

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Jan. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Higher vitamin D levels in patients with advanced colon cancer appear to improve response to chemotherapy and targeted anti-cancer drugs, researchers say. "We found that patients who had vitamin D levels at the highest c

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