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Cancer

Doctors Freezing Away Tumors

Mon Sep 9, 2002

By LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer

Robin Imhof watched, fascinated, as her doctor stuck a needle into the dime-sized lump in her breast and pumped freezing gas through it. On a nearby ultrasound monitor, a round image gradually turned lighter and lighter — her noncancerous but extremely painful tumor being encased in a ball of ice.

It didn't hurt — the cold itself was anesthetic even as it froze the growth to death. No hospital stay, stitches or scar.

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New Technique Tested Against Cervical Cancer

Thu Sep 5, 2002

LONDON (Reuters) - British scientists have devised a new technique that kills cervical cancer cells without harming healthy ones, which could improve treatment for the deadly disease.

The technique, called RNA interference, wipes out the deadly cells by silencing genes in a virus that contributes to the illness.

"Our work has identified a novel agent with major therapeutic potential for the treatment, and possibly also the prevention, of human cervical cancer," Professor Jo Milner, of the University of York, said Thursday.

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Healthy Diet May Not Prevent Prostate Cancer

Thu Sep 5, 2002

By Alison McCook

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A diet that is low in fat and full of fiber, fruits and vegetables is a good idea in general, but it may not protect men against developing prostate cancer, US researchers report.

These findings appear on the tail of previous research that demonstrated that a high-fat diet is linked to an increased risk of advanced prostate cancer.

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Australia Tan Implants May Help Prevent Skin Cancer

Thu Sep 5, 2002

By Sophie Hares

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Sun-worshippers may be able to get that bronze tan without baking for hours in potentially lethal rays, and fight skin cancer at the same time, if a new drug implant hits the market in few years time.

Designed to allow sun-free tanning and help prevent skin cancer, implants using the drug melanotan are being developed by a biotech firm in sunny Australia, which has the world's highest rate of skin cancer.

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CANCER CHARITIES INDICTED FOR LOSING THE WINNABLE WAR AGAINST CANCER

Samuel S. Epstein, M.D.

Professor Environmental and Occupational Medicine, University of Illinois School of Public Health, Chicago and Chairman, The Cancer Prevention Coalition.   Website: http://preventcancer.com

The major cancer "charities" are comprised by the Imperial Cancer Research Fund (ICRF) and the Cancer Research Campaign (CRC), under the umbrella organization of the Coordinating Committee on Cancer Research.

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Sat Aug 24, 2002

By ANDREW BRIDGES, Associated Press Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A for-profit company that organizes charity events for AIDS  and breast cancer related causes has shut its doors and laid off its more than 250 employees, a former spokeswoman said Saturday.

Pallotta TeamWorks founder Dan Pallotta told employees the shutdown was intended to save money and ensure its events could go on as planned, said spokeswoman Janna Sidley, who was among those laid off Friday.

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Good News, Bad News on Cancer for Caffeine Lovers

Mon Aug 26, 2002

By Alison McCook

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Caffeine in the form of a lotion may help to prevent skin cancer, according to the results of a new study. But a separate study found that caffeine may actually promote cancer.

In the "good news" study, skin cancer was prevented in mice at risk of developing the disease if a lotion containing caffeine was applied to their skin.

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