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Nearly half of cancer deaths linked to preventable risk factors

Nearly half of cancer deaths linked to preventable risk factors

Cancer. To many of us, it may seem scary, mysterious, or even inevitable. Now, a new study suggests that nearly half of the country’s cancers may be preventable through decisions we make every day. Researchers with the American Cancer Society looked at data on cancer incidence and deaths, finding that 42 percent of cancer cases in the United States […]

Engineering non-immune cells to kill cancer cells

Engineering non-immune cells to kill cancer cells

T-cells are one of the immune system’s major weapons. They detect the body’s cells infected with a virus and trigger their ablation, effectively killing the virus. T-cells cannot do the same with cancer cells, however, as they do not recognise them as foreign cells and are therefore unable to eliminate them. But researchers have recently […]

The nurse hired to combat cancer myths online

The nurse hired to combat cancer myths online

A cancer charity has appointed a digital nurse to combat “fake news” online, which they say leaves patients “scared and at risk of bogus cures”. Macmillan Cancer Support found two-fifths of people with cancer looked up information about their diagnosis on the internet. One in eight of those went online because they didn’t fully understand […]

“Self-regulating” nanoparticles can burn cancer without harming healthy cells

“Self-regulating” nanoparticles can burn cancer without harming healthy cells

Researchers at the University of Surrey and Dalian University of Technology in China have created a form of nanoparticle that can heat up and kill cancerous cells and then self-regulate to avoid burning healthy cells. The particles can raise their temperature between 42°C to 45°C, hot enough to kill cancer cells. Once they reach a […]

Doctor says he diagnosed his own cancer with iPhone ultrasound machine

Doctor says he diagnosed his own cancer with iPhone ultrasound machine

With the right device, it appears the iPhone can even detect cancer. John Martin, the chief medical officer for Butterfly Network was testing out a device called Butterfly iQ, a small imaging machine for ultrasounds compatible with the iPhone. According to MIT Technology Review, Martin noticed an unusual discomfort in his throat, so he ran […]

Scientists Discovered a “Kill Switch” That Destroys Any Cancer Cell

Scientists Discovered a “Kill Switch” That Destroys Any Cancer Cell

SUICIDE MOLECULES A new study has established that RNA molecules, originally developed as a means of studying genes, can trigger a hidden mechanism that prompts cells to commit suicide. Some scientists believe that this could be used as a new method of cancer treatment. “It’s like committing suicide by stabbing yourself, shooting yourself and jumping […]

FDA Approves Second Personalized Therapy for Cancer

FDA Approves Second Personalized Therapy for Cancer

A second new personalized treatment for cancer has won approval from the Food and Drug Administration — a clear sign that such treatments will become more widely available for patients with no other options. The treatment is called CAR-T and can have dramatic effects in some patients. But it is both grueling and expensive and […]

Battling flames increases firefighters’ exposure to carcinogens

Battling flames increases firefighters’ exposure to carcinogens

The threat of getting burned by roaring flames is an obvious danger of firefighting, but other health risks are more subtle. For example, firefighters have been found to develop cancer at higher rates than the general population. Now researchers have measured how much firefighters’ exposure to carcinogens and other harmful compounds increases when fighting fires. […]

Chemistry provides a new supply of a promising cancer and HIV treatment

Chemistry provides a new supply of a promising cancer and HIV treatment

A drug isolated from a marine pest holds promise for treating some of the world’s nastiest diseases, and researchers would love to find out just how effective it is — if only they could get their hands on more. As it stands, the world’s supply of the chemical is down to about half of what […]

No clear evidence that most new cancer drugs extend or improve life

No clear evidence that most new cancer drugs extend or improve life

Even where drugs did show survival gains over existing treatments, these were often marginal, the results show. Many of the drugs were approved on the basis of indirect (‘surrogate’) measures that do not always reliably predict whether a patient will live longer or feel better, raising serious questions about the current standards of drug regulation. […]

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