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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.

12:00 AM EST January 09, 2012

Most Parents Who Get Tested for Breast Cancer Genes Share Results with their Children

A new study has found that when parents get tested for breast cancer genes, many of them share their results with their children, even with those who are very young.

12:00 AM EST December 12, 2011

Breast Cancer Survivors Struggle with Cognitive Problems Several Years after Chemotherapy or Radiation

A new analysis has found that breast cancer survivors may experience problems with certain mental abilities several years after treatment, regardless of whether they were treated with chemotherapy plus radiation or radiation only.

12:00 AM EST November 14, 2011

Alcohol Consumption by Adolescents May Increase Breast Cancer Risk in Those with a Family History of the Disease

Breast cancer patients often wonder what their daughters might do to reduce their risk of also developing cancer. Are there dietary intakes or behaviors that can be modified by their daughters to lower their own chances of getting the disease? A new study published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, sought information relevant to this question.

October 24, 2011

Advanced Post-Mastectomy Breast Reconstruction Improves Women’s Psychosocial and Sexual Wellbeing

After a mastectomy, women who undergo breast reconstruction with tissue from their own abdomen experience significant gains in psychological, social, and sexual wellbeing as soon as three weeks after surgery. That is one of the conclusions of a new study published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society. The study’s results provide new information to breast cancer survivors who are contemplating these types of breast reconstruction procedures.

12:00 AM EDT October 10, 2011

Drug Prevents Bone Loss Side Effects of Breast Cancer Medication

A new study has found that an osteoporosis drug protects against the bone damaging side effects of certain breast cancer medications. Published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the study indicates that some breast cancer patients could take zoledronic acid in addition to their anti-cancer medications to maintain bone health.

September 26, 2011

Couples Counseling Helps Improve the Sex Lives of Prostate Cancer Survivors and their Spouses

Both internet-based counseling programs and face-to-face therapy sessions for couples improve the sex lives of prostate cancer survivors and their spouses. That is the finding of a new study published early online in Cancer, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society.

September 12, 2011

Women Who Inherit BRCA Gene Mutations Develop Cancer Earlier than their Ancestors

A new analysis has found that women who develop certain hereditary cancers develop them at earlier ages than women in the previous generation. Published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the results point to the importance of tracking younger ages of cancer diagnosis to determine when to provide counseling, screening, and treatment services.

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