New breast cancer drug discovered

American researchers have found that a new type of treatment for metastatic breast cancer has shown encouraging activity as a first-line therapy. Edith Perez of the Mayo Clinic in Florida has presented the results of the drug trastuzumab-DM1 to the 35th Congress of the European Society for Medical...
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Cancer Genes

Many types of cancer have been traced to two types of genes: * oncogenes * tumor-suppressor genes. Oncogenes: Oncogenes are mutated genes that normally code for growth factors or their receptors. Growth factors are chemical signals that trigger cell division. Some oncogenes cause excessive secretion of growth factors,...
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List of Cancer Causing Agents Found in Cigarette Smoke

How Many Carcinogens are in Cigarettes Tobacco smoke contains over 4000 chemical compounds, many of which are carcinogenic or otherwise toxic. One of these is a compound marketed as a rat poison. Carcinogens in Cigarettes Chemical Amount (per cigarette) Acetaldehyde 980 micrograms to 1.37 milligrams Acrylonitrile formerly 1...
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Study: Alcohol may improve breast cancer survival

Alcohol and Breast Cancer Alcohol is a known risk factor for breast and other cancers. However, a new study indicates that alcohol may not have any effect. In fact, researchers have discovered that being a moderate drinker may actually improve the chances of survival. The results of the...
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Tips for buying sunscreen and avoiding skin cancer

Sunscreen and Cancer Sunscreen (also commonly known as sun block, sun lotion, sun cream or block out) is a lotion, spray, gel or other topical product that absorbs or reflects some of the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation on the skin exposed to sunlight and thus helps protect against...
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Can eating fruits and vegetables prevent cancer?

Eating more fruits and vegetables can prevent cancer–according to many studies conducted over the last 10 years. Fruits and vegetables are an important part of healthy diet. Fruits and vegetables are not only rich in vitamins and minerals, but also provide the body with antioxidants. Antioxidants prevent cellular...
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Ultraviolet Radiation and Skin Cancer

It has been known for a long time that exposure to UV or ionizing irradiation can cause cancer in humans. The association between skin cancer and exposure to sunlight was observed more than 100 years ago, and in 1907. William Dubreuilh, a French dermatologist, reported epidemiologic evidence implicating...
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Colon Cancer Prognosis

Colorectal cancer or colon cancer is a type of cancer that occurs in the colon or rectum which are part of the large intestine. It can also occur in the appendix. Common symptoms of colon cancer include rectal bleeding, anemia, weight loss and changes in bowel habits. Colon...
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Popular antidepressant interferes with cancer drug

Popular antidepressant interferes with cancer drug Researchers in Canada have reported on Monday that the popular antidepressant drug Paxil may interfere with breast cancer treatments, making patients more likely to relapse and die. Women who took GlaxoSmithKline’s Paxil while taking tamoxifen at the same time were more likely...
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Cancer Risk from Airport Scanners Very Low–Study

A new study indicates that the risk of cancer from airport security scanners is very low. This is because these units emit low radiation levels if operated correctly. The risk of developing cancers from such low radiation levels is very low. The amount of radiation absorbed in a...
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