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12:00 AM EST November 12, 2012

Black Patients with Kidney Cancer Have Poorer Survival than Whites

Among patients with the most common form of kidney cancer, whites consistently have a survival advantage over blacks, regardless of patient and tumor characteristics or surgical treatment. That is the conclusion of a new study published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society. The study’s results suggest that additional efforts are needed to prolong the survival of all patients with kidney cancer.

12:00 AM EDT October 22, 2012

Metabolic Factors May Increase Men’s Risk of Dying from Prostate Cancer

High blood pressure, blood sugar, blood lipids, and body mass index—characteristics that are often lumped together as the metabolic syndrome—are jointly linked with an increased risk of dying from prostate cancer. That is the conclusion of a new study published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society. The study’s results suggest that public health recommendations regarding diet and lifestyle to prevent heart disease and diabetes may also decrease a man’s likelihood of dying from prostate cancer.

12:00 AM EDT October 08, 2012

Gene Variant Linked with Reduced Lung Cancer Risk

A variant in a gene involved with inflammation and the immune response is linked with a decreased risk of lung cancer. That is the finding of an analysis published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society. The results add to the growing body of literature implicating these processes in the development of lung cancer.

12:00 AM EDT September 24, 2012

Young Cancer Survivors Often Forgo Medical Care Due to Costs

Many survivors of adolescent and young adult cancers avoid routine medical care because it’s too expensive, despite the fact that most have health insurance. That is the conclusion of a new study published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society. The results indicate that expanding insurance coverage for young cancer survivors may be insufficient to safeguard their long-term health without efforts to reduce their medical cost burdens.

12:00 AM EDT September 10, 2012

Marijuana Use May Increase Risk of Testicular Cancer

A new study from the University of Southern California (USC) has found a link between recreational marijuana use and an increased risk of developing subtypes of testicular cancer that tend to carry a somewhat worse prognosis. Published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the findings suggest that the potential cancer-causing effects of marijuana on testicular cells should be considered not only in personal decisions regarding recreational drug use, but also when marijuana and its derivatives are used for therapeutic purposes in young male patients.

12:00 AM EDT August 27, 2012

Obese and Overweight Women Face Increased Risk of Recurrence of Most Common Type of Breast Cancer

Extra pounds—even within the overweight but not obese range—are linked to a higher risk of recurrence of the most common type of breast cancer despite optimal cancer treatment, according to a new study published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society. The study’s results suggest that extra body fat causes hormonal changes and inflammation that may drive some cases of breast cancer to spread and recur despite treatment.

12:00 AM EDT August 13, 2012

For Most Older Women with Early Stage Breast Cancer, Radiation after Lumpectomy Helps Prevent Need for Subsequent Mastectomy

Contrary to clinical recommendations, older women with early stage breast cancer may want to undergo radiation after lumpectomy to help ensure that they will not need a mastectomy in the future. That is the conclusion of a new study published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society. The findings indicate that current thinking on the risks and benefits of radiation for early stage breast cancer in older women may be inaccurate.

12:00 AM EDT July 30, 2012

What Would Happen Without PSA Testing?

A new analysis has found that doing away with PSA (prostate specific antigen) testing for prostate cancer would likely cause three times as many men to develop advanced disease that has spread to other parts of the body before being diagnosed. Published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the study suggests that PSA testing and early detection may prevent approximately 17,000 men each year from having such advanced prostate cancer at diagnosis.

12:00 AM EDT July 16, 2012

Study Reveals Optimal Interval for Stomach Cancer Screening

A new study has determined how often people should get screened for gastric or stomach cancer in high-risk regions of the world. Published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the findings could help reduce deaths from gastric cancer, which is the second most common cause of cancer-related mortality.

12:00 AM EDT June 25, 2012

Exercise, even mild physical activity, may reduce breast cancer risk

A new analysis has found that physical activity – either mild or intense and before or after menopause – may reduce breast cancer risk, but substantial weight gain may negate these benefits. Published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the findings indicate that women can reduce their breast cancer risk by exercising and maintaining their weight.

12:00 AM EDT June 11, 2012

Many Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Survivors Have Poor Long-Term Physical and Mental Health

A new analysis has found that many adolescent and young adult cancer survivors have unhealthy behaviors, chronic medical conditions, a poor quality of life, and significant barriers to health care access. Published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the study indicates that greater efforts are needed to provide quality follow-up care to adolescent and young adult cancer survivors and to encourage them to live more healthily.

12:00 AM EDT May 29, 2012

Commonly Used Painkillers May Protect Against Skin Cancer

A new study suggests that aspirin and other similar painkillers may help protect against skin cancer. Published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the findings indicate that skin cancer prevention may be added to the benefits of these commonly used medications.

12:00 AM EDT May 14, 2012

Blood Pressure Drugs Don’t Protect Against Colorectal Cancer

A new study has found that, contrary to current thinking, taking beta blockers that treat high blood pressure does not decrease a person’s risk of developing colorectal cancer. Published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the study also revealed that even long-term use or subtypes of beta blockers showed no reduction of colorectal cancer risk.

12:00 AM EDT April 23, 2012

Hispanic Lung Cancer Patients Tend to Live Longer Than Blacks and Whites

A new analysis has found that Hispanic lung cancer patients seem to live longer than white or black patients. Published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the study suggests that, as with several other types of cancer, certain yet-to-be-defined genetic and/or environmental factors put Hispanic patients at a survival advantage.

12:00 AM EDT April 10, 2012

Frequent Dental X-Rays Linked to Most Common Brain Tumor

People who received frequent dental x-rays in the past have an increased risk of developing the most commonly diagnosed primary brain tumor in the United States. That is the finding of a study published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society. Although dental x-rays are necessary in many cases, these findings suggest that moderate use of this form of imaging may be of benefit to some patients.

12:00 AM EDT March 26, 2012

Few Young Women with Cancer Take Steps to Preserve Fertility During Treatments

A new study has found that very few young women with cancer take steps to preserve their fertility while undergoing cancer therapy. Also, certain groups of young women are more likely to do so than others. Published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the study indicates that efforts are needed to provide counseling on fertility preservation in reproductive-aged women diagnosed with cancer.

12:00 AM EDT March 12, 2012

Circumcision May Help Protect Against Prostate Cancer

A new analysis led by researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center has found that circumcision before a male’s first sexual intercourse may help protect against prostate cancer. Published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the study suggests that circumcision can hinder infection and inflammation that may lead to this malignancy.

12:00 AM EST February 27, 2012

Targeted Drug Helps Leukemia Patients Who Do Not Benefit from Initial Therapy

A new study has found that patients with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) who have not responded to interferon treatments experience long-term benefits when they switch to the targeted drug imatinib. Published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the study indicates that imatinib is the treatment of choice for these patients.

12:00 AM EST February 13, 2012

Many Lung Cancer Patients Get Radiation Therapy That May Not Prolong Their Lives

A new study has found that many older lung cancer patients get treatments that may not help them live longer.

12:00 AM EST January 23, 2012

Many People Continue to Smoke after Being Diagnosed with Cancer

A new analysis has found that a substantial number of lung and colorectal cancer patients continue to smoke after being diagnosed. Published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the study provides valuable information on which cancer patients might need help to quit smoking.

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