Cancer Screening—Suitable Time for Lifestyle Feedback?

Lifestyle factors can contribute to either causing or preventing cancer. It is important to provide education for patients on how to reduce their risks. According to a recent study, cancer screenings provide an opportune time to instruct patients on healthy habits. In this study, published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, 1,054 patients received education on lifestyle factors to prevent colon cancer after undergoing a colorectal cancer screening. All patients filled out a lif...
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Low Sugar Level Helps Virus Attack Cancer

Oncolytic viruses have the capability to attack malignant tumors without damaging the adjacent healthy cells. First, the virus invades the cancer cells; then, it multiplies, ultimately destroying the malignancies. Clinical trials are underway to determine the efficacy of oncolytic viruses in cancer treatment. In the laboratory, cancer cells are typically preserved in high temperatures and on diets of their energy source: sugar. However, in a study published in Cancer Research , scientists propos...
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Too Few Utilize Post-Adenoma Surveillance Colonoscopy

Although most colon polyps are benign, one type—adenomas—can become cancerous. Advanced adenomas carry a particularly increased risk, so experts recommend a follow-up colonoscopy three years after patients have had them removed. A new study has found that many people who are diagnosed with advanced adenomas do not undergo a subsequent colonoscopy within the recommended time frame. "This is called surveillance colonoscopy, and it improves our chances of preventing colorectal cancer or detecting i...
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Do Vitamin D and Fish Oil Cut Cancer and Cardiovascular Risks?

For many years, doctors have recommended vitamin D supplements for the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis and other bone-related disorders. Recently, vitamin D has also been considered for the prevention of cancer and cardiovascular disease. In animal studies, omega-3 (n-3) fatty acids from fish oils have also shown promise for cardiovascular disease prevention. But do these supplements actually help in the prevention of cancer or cardiovascular disease? The Vitamin D and Omega-3 Trial (VI...
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Adolescent Weight May Affect Adult Pancreatic Cancer Risk

​ A new study has found a link between obesity during adolescence and increased risk of pancreatic cancer during adulthood. Zohar Levi, MD, of Rabin Medical Center and Tel Aviv University, and colleagues examined Israeli data from 1,087,358 men and 707,212 women who underwent a mandatory physical examination between the ages of 16 and 19 during the years 1967 to 2002. The researchers then used the Israeli National Cancer Registry to identify which of these individuals developed pancreatic c...
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