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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Family History of Cancer May Raise Risk for Other Types of Tumors

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, July 25 (HealthDay News) -- A family history of cancer raises your overall risk of developing cancer, including types of cancer far removed from those suffered by your relatives, according to a new study of 23,000 people. Doctors have long known that p

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  5. Mammogram Recalls Higher at Hospitals Than Private Practices: Study

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 24 (HealthDay News) -- Women who underwent mammography screening at a hospital were more likely to be called back for additional testing than those who had mammography at a private practice, a new study found. Recalls cause anxiety and additional c

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  6. Experimental 'iKnife' Tells Surgeon Whether Tissue Is Cancerous

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 17 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental surgical "knife" can accurately identify cancerous tissue as a surgeon cuts through it, creating the potential for shorter cancer surgeries that remove all traces of tumor, according to a study co-written by

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  7. New Drug May Help Some Prostate Cancer Patients

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 17 (HealthDay News) -- A newly approved drug that emits radioactive particles can help extend the lives of certain men with advanced prostate cancer, a clinical trial finds. Experts said the results, published in the July 18 issue of the New England J

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  8. Prostate Cancer Hormone Treatment: Kidney Risk?

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, July 16 (HealthDay News) -- Hormone therapy for prostate cancer may dramatically increase a man's risk of kidney failure, according to a new study. Use of androgen deprivation therapy was tied to a 250 percent increase in a man's chances of suffering ac

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  9. Aspirin May Lower Women's Colon Cancer Risk

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 15 (HealthDay News) -- Taking a low-dose aspirin every other day may reduce the risk of colorectal cancer, according to a study that focused on nearly 40,000 women aged 45 and older. The protection does seem to take some time to surface, said resear

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  10. FDA Approves New Drug for Advanced Lung Cancer

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, July 12 (HealthDay News) -- A new drug to treat advanced lung cancer has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Gilotrif (afatinib) is approved to treat patients with a specific subtype of of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). About 85 pe

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