Tag Archives: National Cancer Institute

Study Finds Calcium Supplements May Increase Heart Risks for Men

Men who take calcium supplements may want to talk to their doctor about their use after a large study found that supplemental calcium was associated with an increased risk of dying from cardiovascular disease. The study, published online by JAMA Internal Medicine, included more than 388,000 people between the ages of 50 and 71. It […]

Report from ASCO: The Year of the Molecule

The American Society of Clinical Oncology, the professional society of Medical Oncologists, just ended its annual meeting in Chicago.  Heavily covered by the media, the meeting was full of blockbuster announcements – seemingly more than usual. When President Nixon declared war on cancer in 1972, he didn’t think it would take forty years to get […]

Despite Risks, Young Women Still Use Indoor Tanning

Despite public health campaigns, young adults are still heading into the tanning booth and allowing themselves to get sunburned outside. Two studies conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Cancer Institute show that young adults are increasing their risk for developing skin cancer. One of the studies found that half […]

Study: Bladder Cancer Risk Much Higher for Smokers

Doctors have long known that smoking cigarettes increases your risk of bladder cancer. But a new study shows the risk is much higher than previously thought – and women face the same level of risk as men. The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, analyzed data from more than 450,000 people […]

Lung Cancer in Women: Have We Turned the Corner?

Conventional wisdom for the last fifteen years has been that lung cancer was becoming a disease of women as well as men. The graph (below) illustrates a monotonous increase in incidence of lung cancer in women through the end of the 1990’s to the point where the gender-specific curves appeared to be converging.  Conventional wisdom […]

Teen Smoking: Ask a Doctor for Help

Want to help your teen stop smoking? Maybe you’re the wrong person to influence their behavior. A new study of more than 5,000 students from an urban, mid-South school system shows that teens do listen – to their doctor. Researchers found that physicians who talk about the dangers of smoking helped teens understand the health […]

Obesity Boosts Aggressive Breast Cancer Risk

Women have been told for years that exercise reduces their risk for developing breast cancers fed by estrogen. Now, there’s more reason to head to the gym. Scientists are warning women that obesity raises their risk of triple-negative breast cancers, an aggressive form that doesn’t use estrogen to grow. Women who qualify as obese by […]