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Common toothpaste ingredient may promote colon cancer

Common toothpaste ingredient may promote colon cancer

Researchers claim that there is an “urgent need” to test triclosan, a common chemical in household products. After preliminary studies, scientists conclude that it might cause colonic inflammation and promote colon cancer. Could a common toothpaste ingredient be causing more harm than good? Triclosan is not necessarily a household name, but the products that it […]

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How should you prepare for a colonoscopy?

How should you prepare for a colonoscopy?

A colonoscopy is a type of imaging study in which a doctor uses a particular scope called a colonoscope to examine the colon’s lining. A doctor may recommend a colonoscopy to evaluate the colon for cancerous lesions, identify areas of bleeding, or diagnose other gut-related disorders. Before the procedure, a doctor will prescribe a colonoscopy […]

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Lung cancer destroyed with tea leaf nanoparticles

Lung cancer destroyed with tea leaf nanoparticles

A new study has shown that lung cancer cells can be destroyed using nanoparticles derived from tea leaves. These tiny particles, called “quantum dots,” are 400 times thinner than a human hair, and producing them from tea leaves is safe and non-toxic. Tea leaves may be key to stopping lung cancer from advancing. More and […]

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Why is lung cancer so difficult to treat?

Why is lung cancer so difficult to treat?

Lung cancer is one of the most common in the United States and treating it is incredibly challenging. A new study investigates how the immune response to tumor cells may be tweaked to improve survival rates. A new study delves into the immune response to lung cancer. Affecting both men and women, lung cancer accounts […]

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Could gut bacteria drive colon cancer?

Could gut bacteria drive colon cancer?

Gut microbiota could play a role in the development of colon cancer, a new study reveals. If this is true, then it may, in time, lead to treatments that would arrest the growth of cancerous tumors. Researchers think that some gut bacteria may interact with microRNA in ways that could facilitate the development of colon […]

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Colorectal cancer: Some cells are ‘born to be bad’

Colorectal cancer: Some cells are ‘born to be bad’

The results of a small study could lead to better identification of polyps that are likely to develop into invasive colorectal cancer. Researchers investigate cancer’s ‘founding cells.’ This may prevent the unnecessary treatment of patients with harmless growths, say scientists from Duke University in Durham, NC, and the University of Southern California (USC) in Los […]

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New protein may help to catch lung cancer early

New protein may help to catch lung cancer early

Researchers may have found a biomarker for lung cancer, which could soon enable healthcare professionals to detect the disease while it is still in stage 1. Physicians may soon be able to detect lung cancer before the tumor has spread, suggests a new study. Lung cancer is the second most prevalent form of cancer in […]

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Colorectal cancer: Treatment looks set for human clinical trials

Colorectal cancer: Treatment looks set for human clinical trials

A treatment type that uses patients’ own immune cells to attack cancer looks ready for testing in human clinical trials of advanced colorectal cancer. The immunotherapy is almost ready for testing in human participants. In a study paper published in the journal Cancer Immunology Research, researchers at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA, report how […]

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‘Biomedical tattoo’ might catch cancer early

‘Biomedical tattoo’ might catch cancer early

Often, cancer goes undetected until its advanced stages, when treating it becomes very difficult and the outlook less promising. But researchers from Switzerland are developing an implant that could alert “wearers” to the presence of cancer early on. A biomedical tattoo that looks like a brown mole when it ‘lights up’ could alert its ‘wearer’ […]

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Is it lung cancer? This blood test can tell

Is it lung cancer? This blood test can tell

Some cancers — particularly lung cancer — are often detected incidentally, after unrelated medical exams. In many cases, it is difficult to tell the malign from benign tumors, except by using invasive methods such as a biopsy. However, one blood test that can rule out cancer may be the game-changer that we require. One simple […]