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Cancer Drug May Restore Color to Gray Hair

Thu Aug 8, 2002

BOSTON (Reuters) - A drug normally used to treat an adult form of leukemia may be able to restore color to gray hair, a team of puzzled French doctors reported on Wednesday.

Of the 133 people they treated with the drug, sold under the brand name Gleevec by Swiss drugmaker Novartis AG, five men and four women who started out with gray hair ended up with their old color back.

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Scientists Find New Clues About How Cancer Spreads

Mon Aug 5, 2002

By Patricia Reaney

LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists have discovered how a key protein helps cancerous cells spread through the body in a finding that could pave the way for new drugs to slow the progression of the disease.

The molecule, called Src, loosens the tissue around a tumor and allows cancerous cells to metastasize, or grow in other organs.

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Grouchy? Type A? It Won't Affect Breast Cancer Risk

Fri Aug 2, 2002

By Michelle Rabil

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Personality has no effect on breast cancer risk, according to a large study of twins published in the International Journal of Cancer.

While it has been suggested that there may be a cancer-prone personality, study authors report that being extroverted, neurotic or hostile or having a type A personality do not, individually or in combination, increase a woman's risk of developing the disease, which should help ease women's concerns.

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Grouchy? Type A? It Won't Affect Breast Cancer Risk

Fri Aug 2, 2002

By Michelle Rabil
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Personality has no effect on breast cancer
risk, according to a large study of twins published in the International Journal
of Cancer.
While it has been suggested that there may be a cancer-prone personality,
study authors report that being extroverted, neurotic or hostile or having a
type A personality do not, individually or in combination, increase a woman's
risk of developing the disease, which should help ease women's concerns.

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Socioeconomic Factors Hinder Colorectal Cancer Care

Thu Jul 25, 2002

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Patients' age, income and type of health insurance appear to play a role in whether they get recommended treatments after a diagnosis of colon or rectal cancer, new study findings suggest.

Currently, experts recommend that people with more advanced cancer (cancer that has spread to surrounding tissue or lymph nodes) get surgery followed by chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy--often referred to as adjuvant care.

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UN Steps Up Campaign Against Skin Cancer

Tue Jul 23, 2002

By Richard Waddington

GENEVA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization stepped up a campaign against skin cancer on Tuesday with guidelines to tell people when it is safe to sunbathe.

An internationally agreed ultraviolet index (UVI), showing the intensity of potentially cancer-causing rays, has been in use for years, but the interpretation given to its readings has often differed from country to country.

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Strong Identical Twin Breast Cancer Link Identified

Wed Jul 24, 2002

LONDON (Reuters) - Women who have an identical twin with breast cancer have four times the normal chance of developing the disease themselves, American scientists said on Tuesday.

The risk is higher than researchers had previously thought and highlights the role of genetics in the development of the disease, which kills more than 370,000 women worldwide each year.

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Cancer Patients Get Inadequate Care for Pain: Panel

Wed Jul 17, 2002

By Joyce Frieden

BETHESDA (Reuters Health) - Pain, fatigue and depression are undertreated in cancer patients even though many good therapies are available, according to a draft statement released Wednesday at a state-of-the-science conference sponsored by the National Institutes of Health .

"Fear of cancer and its consequences must be ameliorated," said Dr. Donald L. Patrick, chair of the panel that drafted the statement. "Cancer pain, depression, and fatigue are undertreated and this is unacceptable.

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Urine Test May Catch Bladder Cancer Early

Wed Jul 17, 2002

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A urine test for a cancer-linked protein may be better at catching bladder cancer than standard urine testing, UK researchers report.

Although it is too early to say what role the test might have in diagnosing bladder cancer, the study authors say their findings show it is "highly predictive" of the disease.

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Protein Bit Pushes Cancer Cells to Suicide

Tue Jul 16, 2002

By Merritt McKinney

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - German scientists have created a snippet of protein that may help keep cancer cells from becoming resistant to tumor-destroying treatment.

Many cancer drugs work by encouraging tumor cells to commit suicide, a process called apoptosis. Eventually, however, many cancer cells develop a resistance to therapy and ignore the commands to destroy themselves.

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