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  1. Breast Cancer Research Needs Focus on Environment

    By Amanda Gardner HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Feb. 12 (HealthDay News) -- Efforts to prevent breast cancer need to focus more aggressively and coherently on environmental factors. That's the conclusion of a new report released Tuesday by a committee tasked in 2008 by the U.S. Congress to investigate

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  2. Mammogram Every 2 Years May Be OK for Older Women

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Feb. 5 (HealthDay News) -- For older women ages 66 to 74, getting a mammogram every two years appears as good as getting one every year, according to a new study. "Your risk of having breast cancer detected at a later stage is no greater if you screen e

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  3. Cancer as a Death Sentence & Other Myths Dispelled

    Feb. 4, 2013 -- Today, on World Cancer Day, the organization behind this annual event is aiming to dispel several myths about cancer. The Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) is trying to counteract the myths that cancer is a death sentence and a disease of the wealthy, the elderly, and dev

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  4. Which Cancer Tests Do You Really Need?

    Feb. 1, 2013 -- Not all cancer screening tests are helpful, and some are potentially harmful, according to a new Consumer Reports rating. In the new report, Consumer Reports recommends only three of 11 common cancer screening tests, and then only for certain age groups. Screenings for cervical, colo

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  5. Side Effects of Prostate Cancer Treatments

    By Carina Storrs HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Jan. 30 (HealthDay News) -- For men with prostate cancer who are trying to decide between surgery or radiation therapy, new research shows that declines in sexual, urinary and bowel function do differ with each treatment in the short-term, but those dec

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  6. Cancer Death Rates Drop 20% Over 2 Decades

    Jan. 17, 2013 -- Cancer death rates have fallen by 20% from their peak about 20 years ago, according to the latest statistics from the American Cancer Society. This means that from 1991 to 2009, 1.2 million lives were spared, including 152,900 lives in 2009 alone. “The big picture is that progress i

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  7. Pap Test to Detect Ovarian, Endometrial Cancers?

    Jan. 9, 2013 -- A new test for ovarian and endometrial cancers looks at cervical fluid obtained during a routine Pap test to detect genetic mutations linked with the cancers. Although the research is in early stages, the test did well in detecting these cancers, says researcher Yuxuan Wang, a gradua

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  8. Most Cancer Deaths Continue to Drop

    Fewer Americans are dying from cancer. This is one main take-away from the latest report on cancer death rates and new diagnoses of cancer in the U.S. This decline is seen among men and women across all major racial and ethnic groups, and for 17 of the most common types of cancer including lung, col

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  9. Pap Tests Often Given When Not Needed

    Dec. 3, 2012 -- Against clinical guidelines, many women are still getting Pap smears (a test that’s meant to find cancer of the cervix) even after they've had a total hysterectomy, which removes the uterus and cervix, according to a new government report. The cervix is the “neck-like” lower part of

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  10. Coffee May Lower Risk of Dying From Oral Cancers

    Dec. 12, 2012 -- Heavy coffee drinkers -- those who drink more than four cups a day -- may cut their risk of dying from cancers of the mouth and throat by nearly half, according to new research. "We examined coffee drinking habits in nearly 1 million men and women," says Janet Hildebrand, MPH, an ep

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