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Chemotherapy May Paradoxically Trigger Future Cancer

By staff writer:

April 15, 2002

Research has revealed that some drugs used in chemotherapy may actually cause conditions that can lead to the future growth of a cancerous tumor.

Chemotherapy drugs work by interfering with the ability of cancer cells to divide and reproduce themselves. The affected cells become damaged and eventually die. As the drugs are carried in the blood, they can reach cancer cells all over the body.


Unlimited Tanning Packages May Raise Cancer Risks

Mon Jun 24, 2002

By Charnicia E. Huggins

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Tanning salons that offer unlimited tanning may be giving consumers more tan for their money, but they're also promoting excessive exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UV), according to a team of California researchers.

Prior studies have suggested that overexposure to artificial UV rays may increase an individual's risk of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.


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).