Steer clear of the tanning salon, doctors tell teens.
February 28, 2011 Artificial tanning beds greatly increase the risk of skin cancers and should be banned for teens, a leading group of pediatricians says. Most people get 25 percent of their lifetime sun exposure before age 18.
February 22, 2011 The more oral sex someone has had, the greater their risk of getting oral cancers that grow in the middle part of the throat. Transmission of the human papillomavirus is the reason, a leading researcher says.
Researchers think early baldness may be a warning sign for prostate cancer.
February 16, 2011 A study found men who reported any kind of balding in their 20s were twice as likely to be in a group being treated for prostate cancer. Men who said they didn't start losing their hair until their 30s or later didn't have a higher risk of the disease.
February 2, 2011 Patients on the best-selling cancer drug Avastin are much more likely to suffer fatal side effects than those just getting chemotherapy, a study finds. Even so, the overall risk of fatal problems is low at less than 3 percent.
Panda, a Border Collie sniffer dog, checks out samples at the Dogs Against Cancer and For Life Foundation in Hungary.
February 2, 2011 In the last five years, dogs of different breeds and ages have shown over and over they can smell cancer on the breath and in tissue samples from cancer patients. But scientists are still unsure about what the dogs are smelling.
A micrograph of a rare paraganglioma tumor.
February 1, 2011 Researchers at the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development say they have a found a way to better predict which cancers will spread within a few years. The test, though intriguing, remains experimental.
January 27, 2011 The Food and Drug Administration is not willing to expand the approval of an existing drug for enlarged prostates as a means to reduce the risk of prostate cancer. A panel of expert previously recommended against the expansion.
Metastatic breast cancer cells found in a lymph node.
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January 3, 2011 An experimental plastic chip could be used to find even a few cancer cells floating in the blood. Now the health products giant Johnson & Johnson is investing in the technology being developed at a Boston hospital.
Some scientists doubt the findings of a report that suggests widespread chromium contamination of drinking water.
December 22, 2010 The Environmental Working Group has sounded the alarm on chromium contamination of drinking water of 31 American cities with a new report. But some experts have expressed doubt about the study and its implications for consumers.
December 16, 2010 The Food and Drug Administration says data from recent clinical studies show the benefits of the drug Avastin for breast cancer patients don't outweigh the risks. Roche's Genentech unit disagrees and wants to keep marketing the drug for that use.
The EPA dropped saccharin from its official list of hazardous substances.
December 15, 2010 Decades after cancer worries landed saccharin on the Environmental Protection Agency's list of hazardous chemicals, the regulators have said it's not a risk. More research showed the original fears were unfounded.
Aspirin may add cancer-fighter to its list of uses.
December 7, 2010 A British study offers compelling -- though not clinching -- evidence that the humble aspirin tablet can prevent death from many kinds of cancers, if you take the medicine long enough in middle age.
November 22, 2010 Ten years ago, the clinical staging prostate cancer test was supposed to help doctors decide how to treat it. New evidence shows the test is not a good predictor of how serious the disease is.
November 16, 2010 An analysis of Medicare data finds many cancer patients are getting aggressive care toward the end of life. The intensive approach might not be best for them and adds to the drain on Medicare's budget.
Army Captain William Krueger studies CT scans at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.
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November 5, 2010 The 20 percent mortality reduction found for lung CT screening for heavy smokers is in the same ballpark as the probable benefit from mammograms – which reduce breast cancer deaths by 10 to 30 percent, depending on the age of those screened.
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