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Arsenic-Spewing Battery Plant Could Be Giving Neighbors Cancer

It's been ordered to reduce emissions in the coming months

(Newser) - A battery recycling plant has to find some way to curb its arsenic emissions after officials found it was putting 12,000 neighbors at an unacceptable risk of cancer, the Los Angeles Times reports. Quemetco Inc. in the City of Industry has 30 days to notify its neighbors of the... More »

CDC: Cancer Risk From Flooring 3 Times What We Thought

Lumber Liquidators' stock dives after revised CDC report on formaldehyde levels

(Newser) - A certain type of laminate flooring made by Lumber Liquidators may up the risk of cancer, and the company's stocks are taking a beating, CNNMoney reports. Shares fell by up to 24% Monday morning, per Bloomberg and Reuters , after the CDC issued a revised report that found health effects... More »

9 in 10 Cancer Cases Are Our Fault: Study

Don't blame genes or bad luck so much as external factors: scientists

(Newser) - Despite a recent study claiming the opposite , scientists say getting cancer isn't just bad luck in most cases. A study out of Stony Brook University shows as much as 90% of cancers are caused by external factors, like smoking, drinking, sun exposure, and air pollution, and are thus more... More »

Breast Cancer Risk Expands With Your Waistline

Going up a size or 2 a decade increases risk of postmenopausal breast cancer

(Newser) - Obesity, especially when fat is concentrated in one's middle, is a known risk factor for cancer. But gaining weight throughout one's life has just been found to be another—at least when it comes to women and postmenopausal breast cancer. Researchers found that going up a size every... More »

Study Links Women's Height to Cancer

Taller women at greater risk

(Newser) - Good news, short women: you may not be able to reach the top shelf without a chair, but you might be less likely to get cancer. A new study of nearly 145,000 post-menopausal women found a strong correlation between height and cancer risk—stronger even than the correlation for... More »

Growing Up Near Traffic Boosts Kids' Cancer Risk

Study indicates that kids suffer from living near exhaust

(Newser) - Living near traffic may be even worse for kids than previously believed, a new study suggests. California researchers ranked parts of the state based on their exhaust-related pollution, studied their populations, and found that kids from the more polluted areas were at a greater risk for certain childhood cancers, including... More »

It's Never Too Late to Quit Smoking

Even those over 60 saw risk of death reduced

(Newser) - If you're a decades-long smoker who has ever thought, "Well, no use quitting after all this time, the damage has been done," a new study is here to tell you you're wrong. Experts from the Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg, Germany, examined 17 smoking studies covering... More »

Kids' CT Scans Boost Cancer Risk

But in many cases, 'benefits outweigh risks': researcher

(Newser) - The radiation from CT scans can increase a child's risk of brain cancer and leukemia, a study finds, with risk increasing along with the amount of radiation. The radiation in two or three CT scans triples brain cancer risk for a kid under 15, while five to 10 scans... More »

An Aspirin a Day Cuts Cancer Risk

And appears to stop cancer from spreading, too: studies

(Newser) - A daily low dose of aspirin has long been recommended as a way of lowering stroke and heart attack risk, but new studies published this week suggest it also greatly reduces cancer risk. The UK studies found that after taking 75mg to 300mg of aspirin per day for just three... More »

Just a Few Drinks a Day Can Boost Your Cancer Risk

Body of evidence is large, and keeps growing

(Newser) - There’s a constant battle between studies showing that alcohol can be good for you (it might prevent sunburn !) and those that find it’s almost definitely bad for you (it ages you more quickly !)—but you should probably just ignore the headlines that make booze “seem... More »

9/11 Firefighters Face Increased Cancer Risk

Those at site 19% more likely to get diagnosis: Lancet

(Newser) - A major study seems to confirm anecdotal evidence about the firefighters who responded to the World Trade Center attack: They are more likely to get cancer. The study in the Lancet finds that firefighters exposed to the toxic stew of dust in the air were 19% more likely to be... More »

Cellphones Won't Give Your Kid Brain Cancer: Study

And kids should theoretically be most vulnerable

(Newser) - Go ahead and get the family plan, because cell phones don’t increase the risk of brain tumors in kids or adolescents—the groups that should theoretically be most vulnerable—according to a new study. The European study, which involved nearly 1,000 participants, was prompted by fears that kids'... More »

Tall? Your Cancer Risk Just Went Up

In women, four extra inches increases risk by 16%: study

(Newser) - If you've always wished for a few extra inches, you might want to reconsider: A new study finds that taller people are at greater risk of getting cancer. For every extra four inches of height in women, the overall risk rises by about 16%, the Wall Street Journal reports.... More »

Radioactive Milk a Threat —if You Drink 58K Cups

Heath officials blowing things way out of proportion in Japan: researcher

(Newser) - Japan is finding elevated radiation levels in milk, spinach, and water —scary, right? Richard Knox at NPR sits down with RPI health physicist Peter Caracappa to crunch some numbers about what those levels mean. The gist:
  • The max radiation a US nuclear worker is allowed to be exposed to
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Prostate Cancer Predictor: Finger Length

Is your index finger longer than your ring finger?

(Newser) - Is your index finger longer than your ring finger? No? Well then we’ve got some bad news for you. A new study, published in the British Journal of Cancer, has discovered that men with longer index fingers were 33% less likely to develop prostate cancer. Researchers theorize that since... More »

Test Tube Babies Have Higher Cancer Risk

But the method probably not to blame, researchers say

(Newser) - For the first time, a large study suggests a higher rate of childhood cancer among test-tube babies, but researchers say the reason probably has nothing to do with how the infants were conceived. More likely, it's related to the genetics of the parents who turned to in vitro fertilization because... More »

Scientist Warns of Airport Scanner Cancer Risk

(Newser) - The radiation emitted by airport body scanners is up to 20 times more powerful than previously believed, warns a scientist who says current calculations fail to take into account the concentration of scanner radiation in the skin. This would mean the potential cancer risk from scanners is also much higher.... More »

CT Scan Overuse Raises Radiation, Cancer Fears

The US gets more radiation from scans than any country

(Newser) - The top radiation source Americans should be worrying about isn't airport scanners or microwaves—it's medical tests. The US leads the world in the amount of radiation its population gets from medical scans, and the average American's dose has grown more than sixfold in recent decades. Patients are being given... More »

Blood Pressure Drugs Linked to Increased Cancer Risk

Angiotensin-receptor blockers tied to 1.2% risk boost

(Newser) - A common class of blood pressure drugs may increase the risk of getting cancer, a new study has found. Various angiotensin-receptor blockers, but especially the drug Micardis, are associated with a 1.2% increased risk in cancer diagnosis 4 years after taking the drug. It's not clear if the increased... More »

Ovarian Cancer Breakthrough Raises Hopes

New use for old test: early diagnosis of deadly disease

(Newser) - Combining an existing blood test for ovarian cancer with a new screening protocol may lead to a reliable way to diagnose the deadly disease in its early stages, a new study says. "This is an important step forward," the lead researcher tells the Houston Chronicle . " This may... More »

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