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Gene Test Can Tell Who Needs Chemo, Who Doesn't

98% of 'low-risk' breast cancer patients who didn't get chemo were alive 5 years on

(Newser) - Chemotherapy is "not pretty," a breast cancer survivor tells the AP —so a new study on women with early-stage breast cancer is encouraging, claiming a gene test can parse out patients who may be able to skip chemo because it won't ultimately provide much, if any,... More »

Why You Should Exercise at Least a Tiny Bit

Even those not doing recommended time can reap health benefits: researchers

(Newser) - If you've given up physical activity because you don't have the time or inclination to achieve recommended weekly exercise levels, strap on your walking shoes: A new study in JAMA Internal Medicine indicates that something's better than nothing in terms of increasing longevity. Scientists from the National... More »

Third of Young White Women Use Tanning Salons

Plus: Tanning mom banned from 63 salons

(Newser) - Some 32% of white women aged 18 to 21 have hit the tanning salon at least once in the past year, according to the first major federal study in more than 10 years. On average, members of the group tan 28 times per year. The study also found that 30%... 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 »

More People Surviving Cancer

Number of survivors rises 20% in six years

(Newser) - More people than ever can call themselves cancer survivors, according to new federal stats. Highlights from the New York Times :
  • One in 20 adults has survived some form of the disease, including one in five people over age 65.
  • The total number of survivors rose to 11.7 million in
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Cancer Cases, Deaths Drop

Trend, ongoing since beginning of decade, linked to less smoking

(Newser) - Cancer researchers reported a good-news milestone today: Both the number of new cases and the number of cancer deaths are declining for the first time, USA Today reports. Scientists gave most of the credit to a drop in the number of smokers. “By preventing smoking, you can give someone... More »

Scientists to Test Promising New Theory on Cancer

Medical centers will directly attack cancerous stem cells

(Newser) - Cancer researchers are poised to begin what could be a revolutionary approach to treating cancer, the New York Times reports. Instead of trying to destroy tumors, scientists at three leading medical centers will go after cancerous stem cells that feed the tumors. The controversial approach—not all scientists buy the... More »

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