April 2017 News Roundup

April 2017 News Roundup

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

How Melanoma Tumors Form

April 3, 2017 (via ScienceDaily)

Melanoma is one of the most aggressive forms of cancer. Researchers have documented how melanoma tumors form through real-time observations. In addition, they discovered that two specific antibodies which prevent tumor formation in breast cancer also stopped melanoma tumor formation.

Can Smog Raise Breast Cancer Risk?

April 7, 2017 (MedlinePlus via HealthDay News)

Higher breast density is one of several risk factors for breast cancer. A recent study suggests that exposure to the airborne pollutants in smog may lead to increased breast density. However, further study is needed to determine if this link is incidental or causal.

Updated Prostate Cancer Test Guidelines Now Stress Patient Choice

April 11, 2017 (MedlinePlus via HealthDay News)

The US Preventive Services Task Force has updated their recommended guidelines for prostate cancer screening. Previously, the task force had not recommended that men have their prostate specific antigen (PSA) levels tested for early signs of prostate cancer due to the frequency of overdiagnosis and overtreatment. The new recommendations are aimed at men between the ages of 55 and 69, and place an emphasis on dialogue between doctors and patients.

It’s Yoga to the Rescue for Prostate Cancer Patients

April 13, 2017 (MedlinePlus via HealthDay News)

A recent study suggests that yoga may decrease the side effects experienced by patients who have undergone radiation therapy for prostate cancer. Patients who participated in yoga classes reported higher levels of overall energy and fewer erectile dysfunction and urinary tract symptoms than those who did not participate in yoga classes.

Outsmarting One of Cancer’s Slyest Tricks

Apr 18, 2017 (via American Cancer Society)

A team of researchers has identified how cancer cells hijack telomeres, the structures at the ends of chromosomes that trigger the end of a cell’s normal lifespan in order to prevent problems with replication. By hijacking these telomeres, cancer cells are effectively able to stay alive indefinitely. Further, they are able to continue to grow and divide. Researchers also identified a promising protein that may be able to circumvent cancer cells’ use of telomeres.

Growing Body of Evidence Supports Use of Mind-Body Therapies in Breast Cancer Treatment

April 24, 2017 (via ScienceDaily)

An increasing number of cancer patients are using integrative therapies such as yoga, meditation, acupuncture to help relieve the side effects of cancer treatment. An interdisciplinary team of researchers have analyzed over 80 type of integrative treatments to identify which are most effective at reducing side effects.

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