Approximately Half of Cancer Docs Recommend Marijuana

Approximately Half of Cancer Docs Recommend Marijuana


Nearly half of U.S. cancer doctors who responded to a survey say they’ve recently recommended medical marijuana to patients, although most say they don’t know enough about medicinal use.

The results reflect how marijuana policy in some states has outpaced research, the study authors said. All 29 states with medical marijuana programs allow doctors to recommend it to cancer patients. But no rigorous studies in cancer patients exist. That leaves doctors to make assumptions from other research on similar prescription drugs, or in other types of patients. > >> read more ...

President Jimmy Carter Says Cancer Still in Remission

President Jimmy Carter Says Cancer Still in Remission


Former president Jimmy Carter provided an update on his health, saying he remains in remission from skin cancer that had spread to his brain.

“I still get a check-up every three months or so, brain scans and things like that, but so far the results have been good,” Carter said in a CNN interview.

The former president has worked with ministries of health in nations around the world to take on tropical disease cases, the report said.

The Carter Center has made progress in eradicated Guinea worm disease infections, a parasitic infection spread through drinking water from ponds or other stagnant water, the report said. > >> read more ...

Glass of Red Wine Protects Against Prostate Cancer: Study

Glass of Red Wine Protects Against Prostate Cancer: Study


Moderate red wine consumption does not significantly increase the risk of prostate cancer according to new research, and in fact could have a slight protective effect.

Carried out by an international research team led by Shahrokh Shariat at the Medical University of Vienna in Austria, the new meta-analysis looked at whether moderate wine consumption had an effect on the risk of developing prostate cancer, the most common form of cancer in the Western world. 

Fifteen to 20 percent of men are affected by prostate cancer at some time in their lives and 2.6 percent die from the disease.  > >> read more ...

Cervical Cancer Shots Backed by Major New Review

Cervical Cancer Shots Backed by Major New Review


Vaccines designed to prevent infection with human papillomavirus (HPV) are effective in protecting against pre-cancerous cervical lesions in women, particularly in those vaccinated between age 15 and 26, according to a large international evidence review.
The research by scientists at the respected scientific network the Cochrane Review also found no increase in the risk of serious side effects, with rates of around 7 percent reported by both HPV-vaccinated and control groups. > >> read more ...

Genes Linked to Sunburn, Skin Cancer Risk

Genes Linked to Sunburn, Skin Cancer Risk


Certain genes can determine which people are more at risk of getting sunburnt, and possibly develop skin cancer as a result, scientists said Tuesday.

In a trawl of the genetics of nearly 180,000 people of European ancestry in Britain, Australia, the Netherlands and United States, researchers found 20 sunburn genes.

Eight of the genes had been associated with skin cancer in previous research, according to findings published in the journal Nature Communications.

And in at least one region of the genome, “we have found evidence to suggest that the gene involved in melanoma risk… acts through increasing susceptibility to sunburns,” co-author Mario Falchi of King’s College London told AFP. > >> read more ...

California Judge Affirms Ruling for Coffee Cancer Warnings

California Judge Affirms Ruling for Coffee Cancer Warnings


A court ruling that gave coffee drinkers a jolt earlier this year was finalized Monday when a Los Angeles judge said coffee sold in California must carry cancer warnings.

Superior Court Judge Elihu Berle said Starbucks Corp. and other roasters and retailers failed to show that benefits from drinking coffee outweighed any risks from a carcinogen that is a byproduct of the roasting process. He had tentatively made the same written decision in March.

A nonprofit group sued about 90 coffee companies, including Keurig Green Mountain Inc. and Peet’s Operating Co. Inc., under a state law that requires warnings on products and in places where chemicals that can cause cancer are present. > >> read more ...

FDA OKs Combo Therapy for Aggressive Thyroid Cancer

FDA OKs Combo Therapy for Aggressive Thyroid Cancer


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved Novartis AG’s combination therapy to treat an aggressive type of thyroid cancer.

The therapy, which uses Novartis’ Tafinlar and Mekinist, was approved to treat anaplastic thyroid cancer that cannot be removed surgically or has spread to other parts of the body, and has a type of abnormal gene known as BRAF V600E.

This is the first FDA-approved treatment for patients with this form of thyroid cancer and the third type of cancer with this specific gene mutation, the FDA said > >> read more ...

Lung Cancer Risk Factors Include More Than Smoking

Lung Cancer Risk Factors Include More Than Smoking


New European research has revealed some of the key risk factors for lung cancer, finding that it is not only heavy smokers who have more chance of developing the disease.

Carried out by researchers from the University of Crete, Greece and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway, together the team looked at survey responses from 65,000 Norwegians aged between 20 and 100 to identify the strongest risk factors.

From their sample, the researchers found that 94 percent of the patients diagnosed with lung cancer were smokers or ex-smokers.  > >> read more ...

Gene Can Turn Off Fat That Causes Prostate Cancer: Report

Gene Can Turn Off Fat That Causes Prostate Cancer: Report

A diet high in fat — such as that typically found in the United States — has long been suspected of fueling prostate cancer growth, and researchers think they have found a way to shut down the destructive mechanism of that fat, a report in Science Daily shows.

Researchers at the Cancer Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) set out to determine the genetic mechanisms that promote metastasis — accelerated growth — in prostate cancer. Prostate tumors tend to be slow growing; so slow, men with prostate cancer tend to die with it, not from it. It’s only when prostate tumors metastasize that the disease is fatal.  > >> read more ...

Daily Aspirin Linked to Deadly Skin Cancer in Men: Study

Daily Aspirin Linked to Deadly Skin Cancer in Men: Study


New US research has found a link between taking a daily aspirin and a higher risk of melanoma in men, the most dangerous form of skin cancer.

Carried out by researchers at Northwestern University, the study looked at medical records from 195,140 patients aged 18-89, who had no prior history of melanoma.

From this base, 1,187 of the patients were aspirin exposed, with the researchers only including patients who had been taking aspirin daily for at least one year at a dose of 81 or 325 mg. > >> read more ...