(CBS) Could there be a link between Parkinson's disease and melanoma? A new study suggests that people with Parkinson's, the devastating neurological disorder, are up to twice as likely to develop melanoma, the potentially deadly form of skin cancer.
(CBS/AP) There's a new option for millions of women at high risk for breast cancer. A drug called Aromasin more than halved the likelihood of developing breast cancer, without the side effects that have tempered enthusiasm for other drugs, a new study showed.
(CBS) Got hot flashes? A new study throws cold water on the idea that taking flaxseed will bring relief. It showed that flaxseed was no better than a dummy pill at curbing the flashes in breast cancer patients and post-menopausal women - contradicting a previous study that suggested flaxseed might help.Continue »
(CBS/AP) Two new drugs have shown dramatic results against melanoma, researchers announced yesterday, giving people with the deadly skin cancer reason to cheer.
"This is really an unprecedented time of celebration for our patients," said Dr. Lynn Schuchter, of the University of Pennsylvania's Abramson Cancer Center. The new drugs are not cures, she said, but "the future is going to be to build upon the success" by testing combinations of these newer drugs.Continue »
(CBS/AP) In the aftermath of a new report that lists mobile phones as "potential carcinogens," cellphone users are considering what they can do to protect themselves - but experts seem to be downplaying the risk. Some say the report, which was issued Tuesday by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, needn't lead people to change their cellphone habits. But
(CBS/AP) Do mobile phones cause cancer? After reviewing details from dozens of studies, an international panel of experts says they might.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer issued a statement to that effect in Lyon, France, on Tuesday after a weeklong meeting. The experts reviewed possible links between cancer and the electromagnetic radiation associated with mobile phones (cellphones), microwaves, and radar.Continue »
(CBS) Six million. That's how many people will die this year as a result of exposure to tobacco smoke - and the number of tobacco-related deaths could soar to eight million by 2030. The World Health Organization made that projection on Monday - one day ahead of today's World No Tobacco Day, which is marked each year on May 31.
To save lives, the organization is pressing countries around the world to ramp up their antismoking efforts. It's asked them to sign on to its Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), which requires implementing tobacco taxes, banning tobacco advertising and sales to minors, and taking steps to protect citizens against second-hand smoke.Continue »
(CBS) Are men being screened for prostate cancer too late - and too often?
That's what some experts are wondering after the results of a new study were revealed at a medical conference on May 19. It showed that testing a man's blood for prostate-specific antigen (PSA) earlier than is now the norm could predict the risk of dying of prostate cancer decades down the road.Continue »
(CBS/AP) The death of beloved baseball great Harmon Killebrew has saddened the sports world and cast a spotlight on a rare and deadly disease.
On Tuesday, esophageal cancer claimed the life of the 74-year-old Hall of Famer, who was known as much for his friendly demeanor as for his ferocious swing. Killebrew passed away peacefully at his home in Scottsdale, Ariz., with his family at his side, according to the Minnesota Twins, his team from 1961-1964.Continue »
(CBS) Can sipping coffee give prostate cancer the slip?
Men who regularly drink coffee - caffeinated or decaf - are significantly less likely to develop a deadly form of the disease, according to a study published online in the May 17 issue of the "Journal of the National Cancer Institute."Continue »
(CBS) Pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest malignancies there is, killing more than 95 percent who have it within five years of diagnosis.
But an experimental drug "cocktail" can help patients live longer - up to four months longer, according to a French study published in the May 12 issue of the "New England Journal of Medicine." .Continue »