​Poultry Consumption Linked to Cancer Risk

In addition to the known cancer risks associated with consumption of red and processed meats, a new study warns of an increased cancer risk from poultry. "The latest meta-analysis from the World Cancer Research Fund/American Institute for Cancer Research concluded that red meat was a probable cause and processed meat a convincing cause of colorectal cancer," write the researchers in their presentation abstract in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health , led by first author Anika Knüppe...
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Proton Therapy for Breast Cancer With Rachel B. Jimenez, MD

While conventional radiation therapy can be effective for patients with breast cancer, it carries with it risk of damage to the heart and lungs. Proton beam radiotherapy, a specialized type of external beam radiation that precisely targets a tumor with high doses of radiation while minimizing damage to nearby tissue and critical organs, shows promise as an alternative for some patients. In a phase 2 study published recently in the Journal of Clinical Oncology , a team of researchers at Massachus...
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Who Should Receive Breast Cancer Chemoprevention? USPSTF Updates Recommendations

The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has issued an updated recommendation statement on the use of medication to reduce the risk of breast cancer. Breast cancer is the most frequently occurring nonskin cancer and the second most common cause of cancer-related death among women, but for whom is the reduction in cancer risk worth the potential adverse effects of the medications? The guidelines, published in JAMA , recommend the use of risk-reducing medications for asymptomatic ...
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Proton Beam Radiotherapy for Breast Cancer

A phase 2 trial reports that in patients with nonmetastatic breast cancer requiring postoperative radiation therapy, proton beam radiotherapy has low toxicity, with efficacy comparable to that of conventional radiotherapy. A specialized type of external beam radiation, proton beam radiotherapy precisely targets a tumor with high doses of radiation to kill cancerous cells while minimizing damage to nearby tissue and critical organs such as the heart and lungs. For this safety and efficacy study, ...
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Does Aspirin Increase Survival for Breast Cancer Patients?

In some cases, breast cancer patients who were aspirin users before diagnosis have been shown to live longer than those who did not take aspirin before diagnosis. However, for other breast cancer patients, the reverse is true; they have an increased risk of death from their aspirin use than those who do not use aspirin. According to a recent study, researchers have discovered why some breast cancer patients benefit from aspirin use and why for others, aspirin increases mortality risk: DNA methyl...
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