Archive for the ‘Cancer’ Category

New Guidelines for Lung Cancer Screening Aim for Earlier Detection, Treatment

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

cancer-scFor most people, reaching certain milestone birthdays means a renewed commitment to health. Women turning 40 usually have their first mammograms. Among men, 40 marks the beginning of prostate exams, and for both sexes, colonoscopies to screen for colorectal cancers and other problems are usually on the calendar beginning in the fifth decade of life.

However, one type of cancer has never been the subject of early detection efforts, despite its high mortality rate. There have never been official screening recommendations for lung cancer, even though the risk factors for the disease are generally well-understood. Beginning this year, doctors will be encouraged to follow new screening recommendations in an attempt to catch lung cancer earlier on and increase the likelihood of successful treatment.

Heavy Smoking Equals Increased Risk

It is of no surprise to anyone at this point that smoking significantly increases the risk of developing lung cancer; according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost 90 percent of all lung cancers are caused by smoking cigarettes.

That is why the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force developed new screening guidelines focused specifically on those who have been, or still are, heavy smokers. In short, the new guidelines state that those between the ages of 55 and 80 years old who smoked the equivalent of a pack of cigarettes a day for 30 years, and either still smoke or quit within the last 15 years, should be screened for lung cancer annually. The screening involves using low-dose computerized tomography (CT) scans to identify potentially cancerous growths on the lungs before they develop into later stage — and more deadly — tumors.

The USPSTF estimates that by instating these guidelines, the mortality rate for lung cancer would decrease by 15 percent, while bringing the percentage of early stage cancer detection up to 50 percent. In short, the new guidelines are reasonably expected save nearly 500 lives each year. (more…)

Kits to learn about the risk of cancer which are in DNA

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Advances in the world of science and technology do not cease to amaze us. One of the latest that has come to our ears has been the idea that have taken since the Distributor Japanese mobile content MTI, which will market a kit to analyze DNA and thus to assess the risk of developing lung cancer and other 11 conditions, as reported by the economic daily “Nikkei”.

Although it seems incredible, cases will be sold in Japan by Internet from spring to the price of 9.980 yen (75 euros or $100). Would you like to learn more about this curious product?

Kits to learn about the risk of cancer which are in DNA

How it works

To know the risk of developing lung cancer, the user should take a sample of skin cells from the inside wall of the cheek with the bud that contains the test and send it by mail to the laboratory that will conduct the genetic analysis. Apparently, the sample results will be sent via email within a maximum period of two months. (more…)

Symptoms of throat cancer

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Throat cancer is one of the most common, and even if detected on time the expectations of cure are 90%, in most cases the disease takes on being discovered, among other things because its symptoms are similar to those of other ailments or diseases.

It must be borne in mind that throat cancer may extend to the vocal cords, the larynx, esophagus, or the lower part of the neck, among other areas, and once you exit this area and extends other organs, prognosis is complicated more.

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Smoking and chewing tobacco and alcohol use are determining factors in this type of cancer, as well as environmental factors. Would you like to know what your symptoms are? (more…)

How to do a breast self-examination

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

As we told you yesterday, breast self-examination is one of the keys to prevent breast cancer, which every year takes the lives of many women in the world.

Self-examination of the breast should be done on a monthly basis beginning at age 20, just after menstruation. During menopause, it is preferable to do so always the same day of the same month.

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While there is a special technique that is better than the others, it must be always in the same way, looking for the moment and situation that every woman find it more convenient and easy to remember. We explain how you can do a breast self-examination then. (more…)

Key to prevent breast cancer

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

Cancer! Yes, undoubtedly it is one of the most damn our language words, since for many years has partnered directly with death. However, should remember that almost 80% of cancers are caused by external agents, so it can be avoided.

As you know, breast cancer is one of the types of cancer occurring in highest percentage in women. In fact, in our country only diagnosed around 22,000 new cases a year. Luckily, the rate can be reduced with prevention through healthy living habits and self-examination. We tell you all the keys to prevent breast cancer then.

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Likely to survive

Breast cancer is a typology in which tumor originates in the mammary gland tissue and has ability to invade surrounding healthy tissue and to reach distant organs and implant in them. Fortunately, it is estimated that with early diagnosis, chances of survival are 83%. (more…)

New therapy to eliminate lung cancer

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

Fortunately, today we have to talk about very encouraging news. And the Institute of Oncology of the Hospital Vall D’hebron of Barcelona has developed a therapy that has made it possible to eradicate the tumors of lung in mice.

This has been possible thanks to the inhibition of protein Myc, which has an essential role in the development of tumors, considering the tumor core by scientists. Thus, the researchers have managed to address the core of the tumor with a result that opens new avenues of research and treatment in the fight against lung cancer, whose prevalence especially in women has increased in recent years.

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The importance of the Myc protein

According to the researchers, involved in Myc regulate gene transcription and cellular processes (proliferation, differentiation, apoptosis), and when this protein goes awry, has resulted in a proliferation uncontrolled cell, which can create the perfect setting for the proliferation different tumor tissues. (more…)

Statistics of Breast Cancer within the United states of America

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Breast cancer can be a malignant tumor which originates through the tissues of the breast, especially the milk ducts along with the lobules in the breast. In the U.S., it’s the second most typical kind of cancer amongst women, proper after the non-melanoma skin cancer. In fact, it accounts for 28% of all cancer circumstances in women. Here are numerous other intriguing statistics of breast cancer while in the United states of America:

Caucasian females have a greater possibility of acquiring breast cancer than African American girls. However, survival price is higher in Caucasian girls considering that African American females have a tendency to get infected with much more aggressive cancer cells. Nonetheless, the reason behind the situation remains unknown. Females from other ethnicities this kind of as Native American, Asian, or Hispanic have reduced risk of establishing the cancer if in comparison with Caucasian or African American women. (more…)

Human papilloma virus HPV

Saturday, November 24th, 2012

Every two minutes a woman dies in the world for cervical cancer caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV). And, although it is one of the sexually transmitted diseases more common, is one of the least known, as it can stay in the body without much noise, even when it is to stay for life.


Papilloma or condyloma means chronic protrusion. Thus, HPV is commonly called “virus of warts.” Actually, this is a large group of viruses which have identified more than 100 types, 40 of which are transmitted through sexual intercourse and infect the genital tract both male and female. These cause infections of skin and mucous membranes also affect anogenital tract, oral and respiratory.

Cancer Risks

The human papilloma virus is the leading cause of cancer of the cervix and, although some types of HPV are “low risk”, as the number 6 and 11, there are others that can lead to cancer development, which are known as “high risk”, such as 16, 18, 31, 33 and 45. To avoid them, it is necessary to prevent the vaccine Cervarix, which protects for ten years with three doses and has been recommended by the World Health Organization. (more…)

Prevent prostate cancer

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

The prostate cancer is very common in men. Here are some tips to prevent this cancer.

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The prostate cancer

As its name suggests, this cancer is localized mainly in the prostate. The latter is a gland in the male reproductive system located just below the bladder and surrounds the urethra, which is the channel where the evacuated urine and semen. The prostate is to secrete and store seminal fluid, the latter added to the sperm from the testes is sperm. (more…)

Tips to avoid cancer

Sunday, September 25th, 2011

Appointments with doctors are very short in which you can’t say what you should know to prevent disease. Also not all opportunities have the option to speak with your doctor to provide specialist advice on what is healthy and what is not so much to have an enviable health. Here are some advices from an oncologist who specializes in treating the cancer.

tips to avoid cancer

A good tip is to have lunch or dinner the so-called European or Mediterranean style that is when people take time to eat. So what the experts advise you to take your good time is to eat, that also give you some good benefits for your digestive system, keeps you away from the sun at a time when the rays are more damaging and you may eventually cause skin cancer. (more…)

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