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Female Firefighters Face Higher Exposure to Carcinogens

Female Firefighters Face Higher Exposure to Carcinogens

Latest Cancer News WEDNESDAY, Feb. 26, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Female firefighters are exposed to chemicals that may be linked with breast and other types of cancer, researchers say. Compared to women working in offices, female firefighters in San Francisco are exposed to higher levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). These chemicals are used […]

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Breast Cancer Care Far From Home for Rural Patients

Breast Cancer Care Far From Home for Rural Patients

Latest Cancer News FRIDAY, Feb. 21, 2020 (HealthDay News) — As rural hospitals and specialty care units close, a new study shows that some breast cancer patients are forced to travel long distances for their treatments. University of Minnesota researchers found that those living in rural parts of the United States travel three times as […]

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Could Snake Venom Treat Cancer?

Could Snake Venom Treat Cancer?

Latest Cancer News “The dose makes the poison,” said Swiss doctor and chemist Paracelsus, meaning a substance is toxic only if it is present in the body in a high enough concentration. But now researchers at the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) believe small amounts of poisonous snake venom may one day help treat cancer. […]

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Bone Marrow Transplant Risks and Survival Rate

Bone Marrow Transplant Risks and Survival Rate

What is the life expectancy after a bone marrow transplant? Pictured is an illustration of a healthy bone marrow cell — the kind doctors harvest from donors to use in bone marrow transplantation. The life expectancy, survival rate and quality of life after a bone marrow transplant have improved considerably with more accurate genetic matching […]

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Woman Plays Violin During Brain Surgery

Woman Plays Violin During Brain Surgery

Latest Cancer News THURSDAY, Feb. 20, 2020 (HealthDay News) — A U.K. woman played her violin during her brain tumor surgery. Dagmar Turner, 53, is a violinist with the Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra and a number of choral societies. Before her surgery, doctors at King’s College Hospital in London mapped her brain to pinpoint […]

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Does Sexual Orientation Play a Role in Skin Cancer Risk?

Does Sexual Orientation Play a Role in Skin Cancer Risk?

Latest Cancer News WEDNESDAY, Feb. 19, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Gay and bisexual men in the United States have higher skin cancer rates than heterosexual men, while bisexual women have lower rates than heterosexual women, according to a new study. Researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston analyzed data culled from national surveys conducted […]

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What Conditions Do You Need a Bone Marrow Transplant for?

What Conditions Do You Need a Bone Marrow Transplant for?

What is a bone marrow transplant? Doctors use special tools to extract bone marrow for bone marrow transplantation. Bone marrow consists of the cells that populate the internal space of your bones. The marrow manufactures three types of blood cells – red blood cells that transport oxygen, platelets that help your blood clot, and white […]

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Roll Up Your Sleeve and Donate Blood for Cancer Patients

Roll Up Your Sleeve and Donate Blood for Cancer Patients

Latest Cancer News TUESDAY, Feb. 18, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Many people don’t realize that cancer patients are in constant need of blood supplies. Chemotherapy and radiation treatments for cancer can damage the body’s ability to produce healthy blood cells and cause potentially life-threatening conditions. Blood transfusions help provide critical clotting factors, proteins and antibodies. […]

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Vaping Causes DNA Changes Similar to Those in Cancer: Study

Vaping Causes DNA Changes Similar to Those in Cancer: Study

Latest Cancer News MONDAY, Feb. 17, 2020 (HealthDay News) — People who vape have potentially cancer-causing changes in their DNA similar to those found in cigarette smokers, according to a new study. These chemical alterations — called epigenetic changes — can cause genes to malfunction. They are found in nearly all types of cancer, as […]

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Radiation Treatment Is Hard on the Heart

Radiation Treatment Is Hard on the Heart

Latest Cancer News MONDAY, Feb. 17, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Radiation therapy that targets cancers in the chest area can tax the heart and trigger high levels of fatigue, breathing problems and a reduced ability to exercise, a new study suggests. However, doing more physical activity before undergoing radiation therapy may help reduce these problems, […]