February 2017 News Roundup

February 2017 News Roundup

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

What You Don’t Know About Cancer Can Kill You

February 1, 2017 (Medline Plus via HealthDay)

A recent survey has found that as many as 40 percent of Americans do not know that factors such as alcohol and processed meats can increase the risk of developing cancer. Improving awareness of risk factors and making lifestyle changes can significantly reduce the chance of developing many forms of cancer. Lifestyle changes include exercising regularly and maintaining a healthy weight, eating a balanced diet high in vegetables, and smoking cessation.

Too Few Current, Former Smokers Screened for Lung Cancer

February 2, 2017 (Medline Plus via HealthDay)

A recent study has found that less than 4 percent of current and former smokers get screening for lung cancer. Increased awareness is likely to improve this statistic. The US Preventive Services Task Force recommends that individuals over the age of 55 with a 30-year pack history seek yearly screening.

Breast Density May Be Leading Indicator of Cancer Risk

Thursday, February 2, 2017 (Medline Plus via HealthDay)

Women with breast tissue that is largely composed of glandular tissue are more likely to develop breast cancer, a recent study suggests. Breast density may lead to a higher chance of developing tumors due to the cell structure. More studies will need to be performed in order to determine if a causal link exists between breast density and an increased risk of developing breast cancer.

Screening, HPV Vaccine Can Prevent Cervical Cancer: FDA

February 8, 2017 (Medline Plus via HealthDay)

The FDA says that women may reduce their risk of developing cervical cancer by being screened regularly, as well as by having vaccinations. A vaccination can prevent several types of cancer, while regular screening can detect changes in cells before they become cancerous. Detecting cancer early improves the effectiveness of treatment.

Many Women Skip Mammograms After False-Positive Result

February 9, 2017 (Medline Plus via HealthDay)

False-positive results after a screening test suggest a cancer is present, but with further tests, no cancer is actually present. Women who get false-positive tests after mammograms are less likely to return for regular screenings in the future. Even though these tests may be false alarms, it is still important to be screened.

Non-Invasive Test Offers Quick Skin Cancer Diagnosis

February 13, 2017 (via ScienceDaily)

Researchers have developed a non-surgical method to identify skin cancer. This method, a multiphoton microscopy of mitochondria, uses laser microscopy to detect abnormalities in skin cell mitochondria. This new test can quickly and accurately identify patients with early skin cancer, allowing doctors to treat skin cancer promptly.

Quality of Life with Those with Advanced Cancer Improved Through Walking

February 17, 2017 (via ScienceDaily)

A recent study in BMJ Open suggest that patients with advanced cancer may benefit from walking for 30 minutes three times per week. Most participants in the study experienced improved physical, psychological, and emotional wellbeing. Further studies will need to be performed to identify definitive evidence that walking improves quality of life for individuals with advanced cancer.

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