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Fruits, Veggies Do a Tummy Good as Cancer-Fighters

Mon Dec 23, 2002

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Eat your vegetables. That's the take-home message from a 10-year study of nearly 40,000 Japanese people that found diets heavy in fruits and veggies may ward off stomach cancer.

"Consumption of vegetables and fruit as low as one day per week may serve to protect against gastric cancer," conclude a team of scientists led by Dr. Shoichiro Tsugane of the National Cancer Center Research Institute East in Kashiwa, Japan. They published their findings in a recent issue of the International Journal of Cancer.

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Possible Link Found Between Virus and Colon Cancer

By Amy Norton

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A common type of herpesvirus may play a role in the development of colorectal cancer, preliminary research suggests.

The virus, called cytomegalovirus (CMV), is widespread and normally causes no problems in healthy individuals. As many as 90% of US adults may carry CMV, which in most cases remains dormant.

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Cancer-Linked Virus Common in U.S. Men, Women-CDC

Tue Nov 12, 2002

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Nearly one in five US women between the ages of 12 and 59 are believed to be infected with the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus HPV-16, a virus that increases cervical cancer risk, new study findings show.

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Flaxseed Helps Mice With Prostate Cancer

TUESDAY, Nov. 12 (HealthScoutNews) -- A diet rich in flaxseed seems to block the growth and development of prostate cancer in mice, says Duke University research.

The flaxseed diet reduced the size, aggressiveness and severity of tumors in mice genetically engineered to develop prostate cancer, and prevented prostate cancer in three percent of the animals, the study in the November issue of the journal Urology found.

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Gene May Influence Tamoxifen's Effectiveness

By Merritt McKinney

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Breast cancer patients who have inherited a "slow version" of a certain gene may not fare as well on tamoxifen as other patients, the results of a new study suggest.

Assuming that the results are confirmed, doctors may one day be able to "make treatment decisions based on who is likely to respond well to tamoxifen treatment," said Susan Nowell, of the National Center for Toxicological Research in Jefferson, Arkansas.

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Study: Some Herbal Meds Interfere with Cancer Drug

By Charnicia E. Huggins

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - An herbal dietary supplement that some men use to treat prostate cancer may interfere with the anti-cancer activity of the chemotherapy drug paclitaxel, making it less effective, researchers report.

The supplement, PC-SPES, includes extracts from eight different herbs, and consequently, hundreds of different compounds.

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