Category Archives: Cancer
HealthDay reports, “The eating habits of most American adults aren’t in line with dietary guidelines that can reduce the risk of cancer, a new study finds.”
A surprising study has concluded that a simple blood test may be able to detect as many as 50 different types of cancer in a way that appears to be accurate and reliable. But is this test ready for “prime … Continue reading
The Denver Post reports that the Food and Drug Administration has announced new rules specifying that sunscreen manufacturers must label their products as having passed tests examining the sunscreen’s ability to protect people from ultraviolet rays, both UVB and UVA … Continue reading
Research on aspirin’s potential impact on cancer prevention received significant coverage online and on network news broadcasts, where it received more than six minutes of coverage. However, the story was not widely covered by print media.
Fox News reports that, according to research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, increased intake of blueberries, apples and pears may be associated with a reduced risk of diabetes.
The San Francisco (CA) Chronicle reported that even though a colonoscopy “is the best, one-shot way to screen and detect colon cancer for now, most health professionals agree,” a growing “number of experts are beginning to voice support for alternative … Continue reading
The Los Angeles Times “Booster Shots” blog reports, “Breast cancer risk may decline in postmenopausal women who take estrogen-only hormone replacement therapy,” according to research published in Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
The AP reports that new research published in the New England Journal of Medicine “gives mixed results about prostate cancer screening that may do little to change minds about its value.”
The CBS Evening News reported, “The government put out new guidelines today for screening for cervical cancer. … For decades, women have been told to get a pap smear as often as once a year.” Now, “the new recommendation calls for … Continue reading
Reuters reports that according to a new study published in the journal Cancer, men who are circumcised may have a lowered risk of developing prostate cancer. Researchers compared two groups of over 1,600 men, half of whom had prostate cancer.
USA Today reports, “Eighteen states are considering measures banning the use of indoor tanning devices for those under 18, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures,” while “five more are weighing increased regulation, such as requiring parental consent.
The New York Times reports that in Idaho, “lawmakers and public health experts…are confronting a problem that they say has developed in one of its newer panoramas: suburban strip malls dotted with salons like Beach Club, Jamaca Me Tan, Planet … Continue reading
USA Today reports, “For certain women, taking estrogen supplements for a few years close to menopause appears safe, and may reduce their risk of breast cancer, says a new study” published online in The Lancet Oncology.
The AP reports that “Coca-Cola Co. and PepsiCo Inc. are changing the way they make the caramel coloring used in their sodas as a result of a California law that mandates drinks containing a certain level of carcinogens come with … Continue reading
The Los Angeles Times “Booster Shots” blog reports, “In a letter to the US Food and Drug Administration, the consumer watchdog group Center for Science in the Public Interest [CSPI] called on officials to ban the use of caramel coloring … Continue reading
Vitamin D and calcium supplementation may lower fracture risk and improve bone health in many individuals, but data regarding its effects on cancer are far from conclusive.
A report released by the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general says the full-body scanners used by the TSA at airport security checkpoints emit an “extremely low dose” of radiation that is not harmful to passengers.
The Washington Post reviews the safety of ultraviolet lamps in gel manicures, citing a 2009 Archives of Dermatology article about two women who developed non-melanoma skin cancer on their hands after such exposure to UV lamps.
Readers of this blog know that I’m a big fan of colonoscopy for colon cancer screening. Now I’m becoming a fan of a newer and easier form of colon cancer screening called “virtual colonoscopy.”
The AP reports that a separate study published in the NEJM “found that colonoscopies did a better job of finding polyps than another common screening tool – tests that look for blood in stool.”
No surprise here, but a new study touting the benefits of colonoscopy received significant coverage, with the findings discussed on two national television news broadcasts, and in several online and print sources.
CQ reports that Reps. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Frank Pallone Jr. (D-NJ) “say they are alarmed by a respected consumer group’s findings of high arsenic and lead levels in fruit juices and worried that the Food and Drug Administration will … Continue reading
ABC News reported, “And now, we wanted to go in depth tonight on that headline about surprisingly high levels of arsenic hiding in food, including brown rice, organic formula for toddlers.”
In an essay in the New York Times, Dr. Susan Love, president of the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation, writes that “in reality, we still do not know what causes breast cancer, which means we really do not know how … Continue reading
ABC World News reported, “Here’s a surprising fact we learned. There are more tanning salons in America than there are Starbucks. It is a huge, booming business. But some members of Congress warned today that it is also built on … Continue reading
The Los Angeles Times “Booster Shots” blog reports that “kids are really bad about using sunscreen consistently,” according to a study published in Pediatrics.
When it comes to the consumption of alcohol, the message has been decidedly mixed. Some studies show that moderate consumption might offer some health benefits, especially for the heart; other studies show an increased risk for certain cancers, especially breast … Continue reading
The Washington Post “The Checkup” blog reports, “Smoking marijuana doesn’t appear to do the kind of damage to people’s lungs as smoking tobacco does,” according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. “But that may … Continue reading
Reuters reports that a study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology surveyed over 600 prostate cancer patients and found that robotic-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy, compared with traditional open surgery, showed no difference in problems, such as urinary incontinence and sexual problems, … Continue reading
USA Today reported, “Screening men with the PSA test increases their chances of being diagnosed with prostate cancer but doesn’t reduce their overall risk of death, according to a large, long-running government study” published in the Journal of the National … Continue reading