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Here's How Jeopardy! Fans Can Honor Trebek

Play-along tournament for cancer research kicks off Thursday

(Newser) - Those moved by a Jeopardy contestant's support for Alex Trebek can pay homage to the beloved TV host in a different way. Dhruv Gaur and other contestants have organized a play-along tournament in which viewers are encouraged to donate $1 to the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research for... More »

Teen Jeopardy! Champ Donates in Honor of Trebek

Avi Gupta says host's struggle with pancreatic cancer has inspired him

(Newser) - Alex Trebek has inspired millions with the candor he's shown in detailing his dealings with pancreatic cancer, but he touched one young Jeopardy! contestant so much that the 18-year-old reached into his wallet. Avi Gupta, a freshman at Columbia University, emerged as the champion in the game show's... More »

A Cancer Cure in the Next Year? Not Exactly

Israeli biotech company makes a bold claim

(Newser) - There's a decent chance you saw the headline, which quickly made its way across the Internet on Tuesday: "A Cure for Cancer? Israeli Scientists Say They Think They Found One." The Jerusalem Post article contains bold quotes from the biotech company behind the treatment: "We believe... More »

Top Cancer Researcher in Hot Water Over Financial Ties

Dr. José Baselga failed to list connections to Roche, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and others

(Newser) - One of the world's top breast cancer researchers is taking heat after a New York Times and ProPublica report revealed he failed to list his financial ties to big pharma in major publications and elsewhere. Dr. José Baselga reportedly did not follow established guidelines for reporting such ties in... More »

Study Links Food Compound to Spread of Cancer

Asparagus may be cancer's favorite vegetable

(Newser) - Making big changes to your diet could deprive cancer of a nutrient that it needs to spread throughout the body, researchers say. A study published in the journal Nature links asparagine—an amino acid found in many foods, including asparagus, beef, poultry, nuts, and potatoes—to the spread of secondary... More »

Scientists Halt Growth of Colon, Stomach Cancers

Protein-inhibiting drug possible within 3 years: researchers

(Newser) - Australian researchers have discovered a "revolutionary" new way to stop the growth of colon and stomach cancers, which could lead to a new cancer-fighting drug within three years. Matthias Ernst at the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute explains that white blood cells called macrophages help to heal wounds and... More »

An Answer for Cancer Patients Who Wonder 'Why Me?'

Unavoidable typos in DNA help fuel cancer

(Newser) - Cancer patients often wonder "why me?" Does their tumor run in the family? Did they try hard enough to avoid risks like smoking, too much sun, or a bad diet? Lifestyle and heredity get the most blame, but new research suggests random chance plays a bigger role than people... More »

Boy Gets Own Diagnosis Days After Shaving Head for Cancer

He's still fighting for other kids to stay strong

(Newser) - Just days after Benny Martinez shaved his head last year to raise money for cancer research at a school fundraiser in Park Ridge, Ill., he wound up in the emergency room while his family was vacationing at Disney World, complaining of an awful headache and nausea. A CT scan revealed... More »

Ominous Stats on the Women's Cancer Horizon

A 60% rise in deaths by 2030, per an ACS report

(Newser) - Two disturbing reports were issued this week on the cancer front, with one noting women will see a spike in cancer deaths over the next decade or so—5.5 million cancer deaths by the year 2030. The other report adds that women afflicted with breast cancer alone could nearly... 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 »

Trial for Cancer Drug Continues Even After 3 Die

Immunotherapy offers hope in cancer fight

(Newser) - The FDA suspended a cancer drug trial earlier this month after three people died. But just a few days later, the agency gave Juno Therapeutics the green light to resume testing JCAR015 on leukemia patients. Such a re-evaluation often takes the FDA more than 30 days to complete, according to... More »

Biden: Clinton Will Win, But I'd Have Been 'Best President'

He just wasn't ready after son Beau died

(Newser) - Joe Biden says he's confident Hillary Clinton will become the Democratic nominee and "the next president." But he definitely planned to run, he tells ABC News , and believed "I would have been the best president." That plan derailed when his son Beau died of brain... More »

Guys With Long Legs Have Twice the Risk of 1 Cancer

More growth hormones that drive bone growth in legs may be risk factor for colon cancer

(Newser) - Higher cancer rates have been linked generally to taller people, but University of Minnesota researchers are reporting a startling find: Men with longer legs have a 42% higher risk of developing colorectal cancer than those with shorter legs, reports Live Science . More specifically, they found that the men with the... More »

Real-Time Video Reveals How Tumors Form

It takes a surprisingly small amount of cancerous cells

(Newser) - University of Iowa researchers are believed to be the first to capture, in real time, the movements of cancerous breast tissue cells as they form tumors. And what they saw could lead to a better understanding not only of these cells but of the antibodies that can eliminate them. The... More »

Magnesium Could Help Prevent Deadly Pancreatic Cancer

Every 100mg-a-day decrease in magnesium had real effect

(Newser) - Consuming higher levels of magnesium—a mineral found in dark leafy greens, nuts, beans, yogurt, and avocado—appears to dramatically reduce one's chances of getting pancreatic cancer, which is the fourth leading cause of cancer deaths in the US. So report Indiana University Bloomington researchers this month in the... 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 »

Why This Baby's 'Incurable' Leukemia Didn't Kill Her

Layla Richards is cancer-free after treatment with 'designer cells'

(Newser) - Right as Layla Richards turned a year old in June, doctors said there was nothing more they could do for her. Since she was 14 weeks old, Layla had been battling "one of the most aggressive forms" of acute lymphoblastic leukemia her doctors had seen; chemotherapy and a bone... More »

Late Start on Solid Foods Could Boost Babies' Cancer Risk

Study points to leukemia concerns for infants who don't have solids until 7 months

(Newser) - A new study raises concerns for babies who get a late start on solid food—that is, at the age of 7 months or older, LiveScience reports. Researchers found that babies who didn't begin eating solids until the age of at least 10 months had four times the risk... More »

Within Decades, Cancer Will Hardly Kill Anyone Under 80

Especially if people heed aspirin advice: experts

(Newser) - Today, cancers are "becoming either preventable or effectively curable," a researcher notes—and that means that by 2050, hardly anyone under 80 will die of such diseases, a study says. "This is a projection of what is already happening," the researcher, David Taylor, says, according to... 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 »

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