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Most Cancer Types Boil Down to Bad Luck

Study: Heredity and lifestyle play a role in only 1 in 3 cancer types

(Newser) - Roughly two-thirds of cancer types researchers recently studied largely appear to be the result of random mutations and not inherited genes or environmental and lifestyle factors. Reporting in the journal Science , researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine investigated 31 common cancer types and found that 22 of... More »

Joe Cocker Dies at 70

Singer of 'You Are So Beautiful,' 'Up Where We Belong'

(Newser) - Joe Cocker, the iconic British singer-songwriter known for a string of hits covering half a century, has died at the age of 70; the Yorkshire Post reports that he suffered from lung cancer. The Brit rose to fame in the '60s, played two Woodstocks, turned "With a Little... More »

Lung Cancer May Lie in Wait for 20 Years, Then Strike

'Genetic faults' can form, then stay dormant until fast growth is triggered later on

(Newser) - Smoking's bad, quitting's better, but don't start smoking in the first place if you can help it—because even those who give it up and think they're in the clear after a few years may have an unpleasant surprise lying in wait. Scientists from Cancer Research... More »

Almost 10% of Cancer Survivors Still Smoke: Study

83% of those who keep puffing away smoke an average 15 cigarettes daily

(Newser) - It's been well documented how smoking wreaks havoc on your body, with tobacco use upping the risk for a variety of cancers—lung, bladder, esophagus, larynx, pancreas, and more—and causing almost one in five deaths in the US and 30% of all cancer deaths, according to the American... More »

RJ Reynolds Hit for $23.6B in Smoking Lawsuit

Lawyer: Jury message is 'tobacco cannot continue to lie to the American people'

(Newser) - RJ Reynolds is about $23.6 billion poorer after a Florida jury awarded a widow a whopping $23.6 billion in damages over her husband's death from lung cancer. As the Pensacola News Journal notes, it's one of the largest verdicts ever against a tobacco company, and a... More »

Switching to E-Cigarettes? Read This Study First

Researchers find cause for concern in preliminary study

(Newser) - As the FDA considers how to regulate e-cigarettes, a recent study finds very tentative reason for concern: When it comes to promoting cancer development in certain types of lung cells, it may not matter whether you're smoking the real thing or the nicotine-laced vapor in an electronic cigarette. How... More »

Girl's Lung Cancer Blamed on China Pollution

Victim, only 8 years old, lives near busy street

(Newser) - An 8-year-old girl in China has lung cancer, and her doctors are blaming pollution. The girl is believed to be China’s youngest-ever lung cancer patient. State media reports that she lives near a busy street and was constantly inhaling toxic air. Lung cancer deaths are up more than 400%... More »

Lung Cancer Drug Could Be 'Game-Changer'

Roche drug more effective on smokers than non-smokers: study

(Newser) - An experimental drug is actually more effective against lung cancer in patients who smoke than those who never have, Reuters reports. MPDL3280A, a Roche drug, is "great news for lung cancer patients," who are notoriously difficult to treat, researchers say; one oncologist says early-stage trials suggest it is... More »

Longtime Smokers Need Yearly CT Scan: US Panel

Feds think move will save 20K lives a year

(Newser) - Longtime heavy smokers should add a yearly chore to their medical regimen, says an influential federal panel: Get a CT scan. Specifically, the panel recommends that people 55 to 79 who have smoked a pack a day for 30 years should get the tests, even if they've long since... More »

Dogs Can Smell Lung Cancer

Scientists hope to build 'electronic nose'

(Newser) - Dogs are lung cancer detection experts, a study finds. They "have no problem identifying tumor patients," says a researcher in Austria, and that could lead to earlier diagnoses. Dogs who smelled 120 breath samples were able to sniff out cancer 70% of the time, a very "encouraging"... More »

Cancer Center Launches 'Moon Shot' Fight

Houston center aims to slash death rates from 8 kinds of cancer

(Newser) - America's largest cancer center has declared an all-out $3 billion war on eight types of the disease. Houston's MD Anderson Cancer Center is calling the push the "Moon Shots Program," likening it to John F. Kennedy's 1962 declaration that America would make it to the... More »

Experts Target Lung Cancer With 'Tailor-Made' Drugs

Scientists look at DNA mutations in cancer tumors

(Newser) - Scientists are trying to help lung cancer sufferers by designing "personalized" drugs tailor-made to suit each DNA mutation of the disease, the New York Times reports. The first major study of squamous cell lung cancer—which kills more people annually than breast cancer or colon cancer—found that drugs... More »

Desperate Housewives Star Dead

Kathryn Joosten dies after long battle with lung cancer

(Newser) - Actress Kathryn Joosten has died after a lengthy battle with lung cancer, just weeks after her meddling neighbor character on Desperate Housewives died in the series finale. The 72-year-old was a heavy smoker first diagnosed with the disease in 2001, notes Radar , but had been declared cancer-free as recently as... More »

6M Dead From Tobacco Last Year

It's also the No. 1 cause of death in China: Cancer Society

(Newser) - Tobacco killed 6 million people worldwide last year and now ranks as the No. 1 cause of death in China, according to a report from the American Cancer Society and World Lung Federation. What's more, the groups say tobacco use may be responsible for 1 billion deaths this century... More »

Joe Paterno Dead at 85

Penn State confirms death of beloved former coach

(Newser) - Joe Paterno, who racked up more wins than anyone else in major college football but was fired from Penn State amid a child sex abuse scandal, has died, his family confirmed this morning. He was 85. Paterno "died as he lived," read the statement. "He fought hard... More »

Joe Paterno Has Lung Cancer

Family says it's treatable, and a full recovery is expected

(Newser) - Joe Paterno has lung cancer, his family said today. Son Scott specified that it was treatable and said doctors expected a "full recovery" for his 84-year-old father, reports USA Today . "As everyone can appreciate, this is a deeply personal matter for my parents, and we simply ask that... More »

Waking Up to a Cigarette Raises Cancer Risk

So try to hold off for at least an hour

(Newser) - You probably already know that smoking is bad for you, but a new study shows that smoking first thing in the morning is apparently even worse. Among the 7,610 smokers studied—62% of whom had lung cancer—those who lit up within 30 minutes of waking were 79% more... More »

Lung Cancer Deaths in Women Drop

War on cancer passes milestone

(Newser) - "You've come a long way, baby," read the old Virginia Slims ads. But now American woman are making another advance—fewer of them are dying of lung cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute's latest report on cancer in America. The steady decline from a 2002 peak in... More »

Aspirin Reduces Risk of Cancer Death: Study

Those who took it consistently over time benefited years later

(Newser) - Aspirin has long been touted as a means of protecting yourself from heart disease, and now a new study suggests it could dramatically lessen your cancer risk, too. Researchers looked at eight past aspirin trials, and found that patients who took aspirin, rather than a placebo, were 21% less likely... More »

Dead Smoker's Daughter Awarded $80M

Jury finds RJ Reynolds 90% responsible for death

(Newser) - The daughter of a man who died of lung cancer after smoking for 60 years has been awarded $80 million by a Florida jury. The jury decided that tobacco giant RJ Reynolds was 90% responsible for the man's death at the age of 76, and ordered the company to pay... More »

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