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Published: 05/12/10

Cancer Panel: Chemicals 'Grossly Underestimated' as Carcinogens

By  Donna Trussell - Politics Daily
Cancer Panel: Chemicals 'Grossly Underestimated' as Carcinogens

Just as we're once again treated to the sight of volunteers scrubbing oil off wildfowl (ah, memories), along comes the President's Cancer Panel report that says we're being polluted to death....

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Published: 03/8/10

News Flash: Your Diet May -- or May Not -- Beat Cancer

By  Donna Trussell - Politics Daily
News Flash: Your Diet May -- or May Not -- Beat Cancer

Diet may play a part in ovarian cancer survival rates. Hey, Los Angeles Times, if you're going to use "may," the most powerful weasel word ever invented, you don't have to settle for the humble vegetable. The sky's the limit! Butter-pecan ice cream may prevent cancer. A Maui vacation may keep cancer from spreading. Daily massages may prevent recurrence. Especially free massages, given by reluctant relatives....

Published: 12/4/09

A Creative Plan for Fighting Cancer -- And Slashing Medical Costs

By  Andrew Schneider - AOL News
A Creative Plan for Fighting Cancer -- And Slashing Medical Costs

About 400 physicians are gathered today in Lansing, Mich., to hear an unlikely message: A major health insurance company wants them to test symptom-free patients to determine whether they have or may get cancer. And it will pay the doctors to do it. The plan, conceived by one of the state's top cancer doctors and to be carried out by Blue Cross-Blue Shield, will save lives and money. It also serves as a powerful demonstration that the best solutions need not come from the ongoing health-care reform melee in Washington. "It's so simple," said Dr. Michael Harbut, a leading cancer specialist wh...

Published: 11/17/09

Mammograms at 50 Instead of 40? New Guidelines Controversial

By  Ria Misra - Politics Daily
Mammograms at 50 Instead of 40? New Guidelines Controversial

When should a woman get her first mammogram? The automatic answer for me and for most women I know has been as soon as she turns 40. But on Monday, the federal government released new guidelines pushing the recommended age from 40 to 50, citing a higher instance of false positives for women who get the breast exam between 40 and 49 and a lower overall risk of breast cancer -- one in 69 at age 40, compared to one in 42 at 50. The new guidelines also state breast self-examination should no longer be taught because it is ineffective in reducing the number of deaths from breast cancer. The ...

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