Sexual Minorities With Cancer Face Less Access to Care

Researchers report that sexual minorities, particularly women, who are survivors of cancer face reduced access to care and correspondingly worse quality of life compared with their heterosexual counterparts. The study, published in Cancer , used four years of data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System regarding 70,524 adult men and women who self-reported a history of cancer. Among these, 1,931 individuals self-identified as sexual minorities, which included lesbian, gay, bisexual,...
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Could Cervical Cancer Be Eliminated Worldwide by 2099?

​ Cervical cancer is the fourth most common cancer in women, with approximately 570,000 cases diagnosed worldwide during the year 2018. Yet because this cancer most frequently results from specific strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV) for which a vaccine is now FDA-approved in individuals up to the age of 45 , it is becoming largely preventable. With this in mind, the World Health Organization called last year for the elimination of cervical cancer as a public health problem. A team of Aust...
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Fighting Breast Cancer: Around Half a Million Lives Saved

​ From 1975 to 1990, mortality rates for US women with breast cancer increased by 0.4% per year. Since then, breast cancer mortality rates have declined between 1.8% and 3.4% per year, resulting in between 384,000 and 614,500 saved lives, according to a new study published in the journal Cancer . "Recent reviews of mammography screening have focused media attention on some of the risks of mammography screening, such as callbacks for additional imaging and breast biopsies, downplaying the most im...
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Cancer Quadruples Suicide Risk

A new study by researchers at Penn State College of Medicine has found that the suicide risk for patients with cancer is four times that of the general population. "Even though cancer is one of the leading causes of death in the United States, most cancer patients do not die from cancer; the patients usually die of another cause," commented Nicholas Zaorsky, MD, a radiation oncologist at Penn State Cancer Institute and first author of the study, which was published in Nature Communications . "Th...
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A Reference Point for Cancer Patients’ Quality of Life

Assessing health-related quality of life is essential to evaluating patients' wellbeing before, during, and after cancer treatment; it is also important for researchers determining the efficacy and side effects of new therapies. Without a norm to which data can be compared, however, such assessments are of limited use. Researchers from Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin have remedied this situation for one commonly used quality of life measure, obtaining normative data from the general populat...
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