May News Roundup

May News Roundup

Every month, we compile a list of the latest in cancer news and research. Check out what’s new in May!

New Blood Test is More Accurate in Predicting Prostate Cancer Risk than PSA

May 15, 2017 (via ScienceDaily)

Recent tests have demonstrated that a blood test called IsoPSA may be more accurate in detecting prostate cancer than the standard PSA. The IsoPSA test better distinguished between malignant and benign. In addition, this test more accurately identified high-risk patients. The test could lead to fewer biopsies and fewer incorrect diagnoses or overtreatment.

Skin Cancer is On the Rise

May 15, 2017 (via ScienceDaily)

A research team led by the Mayo Clinic studied a decade’s worth of medical records from the Rochester Epidemiology Project in order to compare diagnoses of basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma over time. Their findings showed that both types of skin cancer had experienced a rise in diagnoses during the 10-year period.

More U.S. Women Living Longer with Advanced Breast Cancer

May 18, 2017

More women than ever are living with the most advanced stage of breast cancer, a recent study has found. Advances in treatment is likely the largest factor in this finding. In addition, overall survival rates were determined to have also increased between 1990 and 2012.

ACS Report: More Work Needed to Reduce Cancer Risk in the U.S.

May 18, 2017

The American Cancer Society reports that a coordinated effort to improve lifestyle habits is needed to help individuals lower their risk for developing cancer. The report highlights tobacco use, obesity and nutrition, exercise, screenings, and UV radiation as areas which can use improvement.

1 in 5 U.S. Cancers Is ‘Rare’

May 19, 2017 (MedlinePlus via HealthDay News)

As many as 1 in 5 cancers is ‘rare’, which means that it affects fewer than 100,000 individuals per year. There is less research about rare cancers due to how uncommon they are, which leads to a more difficult diagnosis and treatment. More research is needed to help doctors and patients improve diagnosis, treatment, and recovery for these rare cancers.

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