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Genes linked to breast and ovarian cancers can't be patented


The Supreme Court’s ruling that human genes cannot be patented paves the way for new, more affordable tests for breast and ovarian cancer risk.

With a unanimous decision, the high court’s ruling on Thursday ended the almost 20-year monopoly Myriad Genetics held over testing for BRCA 1 and 2 genes. Mutations to either gene indicate a high risk for breast and ovarian cancers.

It takes a village


When facing a cancer diagnosis and subsequent treatment, a strong support system is important.

In the summer issue of Cancer Fighters ThriveTM, Dale Lauer, acute myeloid leukemia patient, discusses how support can come in many forms and often from unlikely places.

Creative arts therapy benefits cancer patients, research says


People with cancer who engage in creative arts therapy experience less depression and anxiety than those who don’t, according to a review of research trials conducted over 23 years.

A paper published in JAMA Internal Medicine analyzed 27 studies involving almost 1,600 people, some who were randomly assigned to participate in creative arts therapy such as music, art and dance.

Make an informed decision about prostate screening


It’s Men’s Health Month, and prostate cancer is the second most common cancer among men.  In fact, there are over 2 million prostate cancer survivors currently living in the United States.

Early detection of prostate cancer enables doctors to identify prostate cancer in early stages when it may be easier to treat.

The link between sodium nitrites and cancer


A study by the Cancer Research Center of Hawaii and the University of Southern California suggests a link between eating processed meats and cancer risk. The study followed 190,000 people, ages 45-75, for seven years and found that people who ate the most processed meats had a 67% higher risk of pancreatic cancer than those who ate the least amount.

Experts caution against soursop fruit to fight cancer


Soursop fruit, with its sweet flesh and distinctive flavor, is grown commercially to make juice, candy, sorbet and ice cream.

It's also is purported to have medicinal qualities, with claims across the Internet that soursop extract can slow the spread of cancer or make traditional cancer therapies work better.

Experts warn against using the fruit to treat cancer. While research suggests soursop can fight cancer, it has not been studied in humans. As a result, there is no evidence of its safety or efficacy.

Concerns about heart disease after breast radiation

Douglas Kelly, MD

In March, The New England Journal of Medicine published an article detailing the link between breast radiation and ischemic heart disease, which includes heart attacks and bypass graft surgery. The article determined that even low dosages of radiation to the heart pose some danger. The increased risk of heart problems started within five years after radiation therapy and continued for at least 20 years. Women with other cardiac risk factors were especially vulnerable.

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