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J&J Baby Powder Suit: a $70M Payout

Deborah Giannecchini said she had 'no idea' of dangers before her ovarian cancer

(Newser) - For more than 40 years, Deborah Giannecchini used Johnson & Johnson baby powder and other talcum powder products—and on Thursday, a St. Louis jury awarded more than $70 million in damages on her claim, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. The 63-year-old Californian said those J&J products contributed to... More »

Nasty Parasite in Cat Poo May Be a Cancer Fighter

In mice, it fights ovarian tumors

(Newser) - Again and again, research on the parasite toxoplasma gondii, commonly found in cat feces, reveals just how nasty and widespread it is. It's linked to rage disorder , might boost one's risk of schizophrenia and other mental disorders, and in an odd and probably fatal twist, makes the mice... More »

35-Pound Tumor Removed From Woman's Abdomen

Irianita Rojas Rasma couldn't work or study with growth she had for more than 8 years

(Newser) - For more than eight years, Irianita Rojas Rasma carried around a tumor in her abdomen that she never thought she'd get rid of. But doctors in Lima, Peru, finally removed the cancerous growth—which had developed into a 35-pound mass—from the 22-year-old woman during a Feb. 20 surgery,... More »

Jury Awards $72M to Talcum Powder User

Johnson & Johnson accused of covering up cancer link

(Newser) - It's a huge blow for Johnson & Johnson, and a huge win for the family of a woman who blamed the company's products for her ovarian cancer. In St. Louis on Monday, a jury awarded $72 million to the family of Alabama's Jacqueline Fox: $10 million in... More »

$249 Saliva Test Could Reveal Cancer Risk

Color Genomics aims to 'democratize access to genetic testing'

(Newser) - A Silicon Valley start-up is setting out to make genetic testing for breast and ovarian cancer mutations not only easier, but more affordable for women. Color Genomics says it could "democratize access to genetic testing" for breast cancer risk genes BRCA1 and BRCA2 with a saliva test costing just... More »

Angelina Jolie: I Had My Ovaries Removed

She had surgery to avoid cancer that killed her mother

(Newser) - Angelina Jolie has had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed and is now in menopause at the age of 39, she reveals in a New York Times op-ed. Jolie—who had a double mastectomy two years ago—says she decided on the preventive surgery because she has a mutated BRCA1... More »

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 »

How a 'Miracle' Baby Saved Mom's Life

Led to the discovery that Jenny Purvis had ovarian cancer

(Newser) - Jenny Purvis calls her daughter "Miracle Mae," and with good reason: In giving her daughter life, the Georgia woman had her own life saved. Mary Ella "Mae" Purvis was due in September, but a 27-week doctor visit in June revealed that the 29-year-old mom-to-be had elevated blood... More »

Ovary-less Woman's Pregnancy Hailed as a First

Frozen ovarian tissue grafted onto abdominal wall, produced 2 eggs

(Newser) - A world-first procedure offers new hope to women seeking to get pregnant after losing their ovaries. For the first time, ovarian tissue transplanted to a woman's abdomen has led to a successful pregnancy. A woman in Australia identified as Vali had both her ovaries removed while being treated for... More »

Pierce Brosnan's Daughter Dies

Charlotte Brosnan succumbs to ovarian cancer

(Newser) - Pierce Brosnan's daughter succumbed to her three-year battle with ovarian cancer last week in London, Brosnan confirms to People . "On June 28 at 2pm my darling daughter Charlotte Emily passed on to eternal life," says Brosnan. The 41-year-old "was surrounded by her husband Alex, children Isabella... More »

74 Genetic Markers Found for Major Cancers

Results could help scientists fine-tune tests in coming years

(Newser) - A huge, international cancer study has identified 74 DNA regions associated with breast, prostate, and ovarian cancers, more than doubling the number of genetic markers known, reports the Los Angeles Times . The Collaborative Oncological Gene-environment Study, or COGS, combined the research on 250,000 people around the world to create... More »

Pap Test May Detect 2 More Cancers

Ovarian and uterine, along with cervical, study suggests

(Newser) - A new study suggests that Pap smears may be able to detect three cancers, not just one, reports WebMd . Pap tests have been used successfully for decades to find cervical cancer, but a new method of analyzing results was able to detect cancers of the uterus and ovaries, too. The... 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 »

Pregnant Over 30? There's a Cancer Benefit

Endometrial cancer risk reduced even more if in 40s

(Newser) - One upside to having a baby later in life: Pregnant women in their 30s and 40s may have a lower risk of developing endometrial cancer, LiveScience reports. Scientists looked at data from 17 separate studies involving women with and without the cancer, which develops in the uterus' lining. They found... More »

Taller Women at Higher Risk for Ovarian Cancer

Oxford study shows slightly elevated danger

(Newser) - Taller women face a higher risk of ovarian cancer, although the difference is small, according to a new study out of Oxford University. "If we compare a woman who is 5 feet tall with a woman who is 5 feet, 6 inches tall, there is a relative difference in... More »

In Case of 2 Cancer Drug Shortages, Relief

FDA OKs imports of doxorubicin, methotrexate substitutes

(Newser) - Though the FDA cautions that "we're not out of the woods," it today announced that dangerous shortages of two cancer drugs are being addressed. Stores of the drugs in question—doxorubicin and methotrexate—became dangerously low after the company that made them closed its Ohio manufacturing facility... More »

Avastin Results Disappoint on Ovarian Cancer

Genentech won't be seeking US approval anytime soon

(Newser) - Avastin, the blockbuster drug that just lost approval for treating breast cancer , now looks disappointing against ovarian cancer, too. Two studies found it did not improve survival for most of these patients and kept their disease from worsening for only a few months, with more side effects. The Genentech drug... More »

Screening Doesn't Reduce Ovarian Cancer Deaths

In fact, it can actually have negative impact

(Newser) - Bad news from a new cancer study: Not only does ovarian cancer screening not reduce the number of deaths from the disease—it also leads to unnecessary treatment for false positives. The 16-year study of 78,000 women found that doctors "were unable to detect ovarian cancers any earlier"... More »

Breakthroughs Boost Cancer Patients' Hopes

Breast cancer, ovarian cancer, melanoma yield to new approaches

(Newser) - New treatments for cancer—breast, ovarian, and skin—raised hopes at this weekend's meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology in Chicago. The findings aren't enough for Robert Langreth of Forbes , who sees "serious questions about whether big drug companies may be rushing too fast." Judge for... More »

Having Allergies Protects Against Cancer

The pollen that irks you could also be saving you

(Newser) - If pollen leaves you cursing your runny nose and itchy eyes each year, take solace in this upside: Allergy, asthma, and hay fever sufferers have significantly lower risks of developing many cancers. New studies show that asthmatics are 30% less likely to get ovarian cancer, while kids with airborne allergies... More »

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