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Early X-Ray Techs at Higher Risk for Breast Cancer

Wed Jun 19, 2002

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Woman who worked as x-ray technicians prior to 1940 appear to have nearly triple the risk of dying of breast cancer compared with women who entered the field at least two decades later, according to new study findings.

While researchers have long known about breast cancer's association with radiation exposure, few women in the US work in the nuclear industry, making it difficult to evaluate large groups of women to scientifically assess their breast cancer risk.


Lung Cancer Screening Study Criticized

Fri Jun 14, 2002

By Jacqueline Stenson

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A big study currently under way in New York to examine the merits of CT scanning for the early detection of lung cancer will not effectively determine if the test helps save lives and it may even cause harm to participants, according to Dartmouth researchers.

The major problem with the study, they point out, is that it does not compare people who are given the test, known as a spiral computed tomography (CT) scan, with those who are not given the test.


Leafy veg diet cuts cancer risk

Thursday, 6 June, 2002, 08:10 GMT 09:10 UK Leafy veg diet cuts cancer risk
The vegetables are thought to protect the lining of the colon
Eating a diet rich in leafy green vegetables can cut the risk of colon cancer by nearly half.

Researchers at Liverpool University found that a daily serving of broccoli, cabbage, lettuce and sprouts, can reduce the cancer risk by 46%.


US Teens Risking Skin Cancer for Tan: Study

Mon Jun 3, 2002

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Despite publicized warnings about the risks of skin cancer from too much sun exposure, most US teenagers do not use sun block and will endure sunburns to obtain a desired tan, researchers said on Monday.

Boston University researchers surveyed more than 10,000 children of nurses across the United States participating in the Nurses' Health Study, which began in the late 1980s.


Thyroid Cancer - Breast Cancer Connection Found

Sept 26, 2001

A new study being presented this week at the American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery Foundation annual meeting being held in Washington DC The study, being presented Tuesday September 26, points to a link between thyroid cancer treatment and an increased risk of developing breast cancer.

Thyroid cancer is generally treated by surgical removal of the cancerous thyroid followed by therapeutic doses of radioactive iodine (131T).


Breast Cancer an Alternative Approach

Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in women in the United States. According to the American Cancer Society, one in nine women will get breast cancer before she is Eighty-five.

What Is Breast Cancer?

Cancer is aberrant tissue growth - normal tissue cells that grow wild. Our tissue cells grow and divide. Old cells are sloughed off and expelled. However, when cells lose their ability to control their growth, they divide without any rhyme or reason quickly, resulting in an excess growth of tissue known as a tumor.


Thyroid Cancer Therapy May Up Breast Cancer Risk

By Suzanne Rostler

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women who undergo treatment for thyroid cancer may be at increased risk of developing breast cancer up to 20 years later, according to US researchers.

Their national study found that, overall, women with thyroid cancer had an 18% higher-than-average risk of developing breast cancer. Premenopausal white women were 42% more likely to develop breast cancer, the researchers report in the July 15th issue of the journal Cancer.