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Published: 01/11/11

Michael Douglas Says He's Beaten Throat Cancer; 5 Facts on the Disease

By  Torie Bosch - AOL News
Michael Douglas Says He's Beaten Throat Cancer; 5 Facts on the Disease

Reports of Michael Douglas' looming death have been greatly exaggerated. Though in recent months, tabloids claimed that the A-list actor's throat cancer was terminal, Douglas told "Today" this morning that he is cancer-free. And he's optimistic about the future: "The odds are, with the tumor gone and what I know about this particular type of cancer, that I've got it beat." What does this mean? Surge Desk rounds up some key information about throat cancer. 1. It usually stays local After Douglas was diagnosed, a doctor told Fox News that throat cancer usually does not spread through the bod...

Published: 12/1/10

Short Index Fingers Mean Higher Prostate Cancer Risk, Study Finds

By  Lisa Flam - AOL News
Short Index Fingers Mean Higher Prostate Cancer Risk, Study Finds

(Dec. 1) -- Fellas, quick, take a look. Which is longer: your ring finger or your index finger? A longer index finger gives men a lower risk of prostate cancer, Reuters reports. Men with an index finger longer than their ring finger are one-third less likely to get the disease than men whose finger lengths are the opposite, according to researchers from Britain's Warwick University and the Institute of Cancer Research. "Relative finger length could be used as a simple test for prostate cancer risk, particularly in men aged under 60," Ros Eeles of the Institute of Cancer Research, who helped ...

Published: 10/11/10

Planes Don't Kill People -- Plane Exhaust Does

By  Katie Drummond - AOL News
Planes Don't Kill People -- Plane Exhaust Does

(Oct. 11) -- If you can't fly the friendly skies without a stiff drink or a sedative, take note: The fumes from airplanes are to blame for more annual deaths than actual airplane crashes. Maybe not the most reassuring of factoids, but one that offers a reminder of just how safe (relatively speaking) air travel really is. What's so deadly about airplane exhaust? Much like the exhaust that pours out of your car, plane fuel emits pollutants (like sulfur dioxide, for example). The particles are tiny, and that's what makes them so deadly: They can easily enter the human bloodstream and cause lon...

Published: 07/15/10

Top 5 Suspected Everyday Carcinogens in the American Cancer Society's Scary New Report

By  Katie Drummond - AOL News
Top 5 Suspected Everyday Carcinogens in the American Cancer Society's Scary New Report

(July 15) -- Some carcinogens you already know and fear: cigarettes, asbestos, smoked meat. But what about the ones you've never even heard of? That's the crux of a new report from the American Cancer Society (ACS), which rounds up 20 "suspected carcinogens" the organization would like to see studied more extensively. Of course, that research, if it happens, will come after the chemicals, ingredients -- and even lifestyle choices -- are already embedded into the bedrock of our 24/7 economy. "The objectives of this report are to identify research gaps and needs for 20 agents prioritized for ...

Published: 06/2/10

Experimental Vaccine Prevents Breast Cancer in Mice

By  Katie Drummond - Politics Daily
Experimental Vaccine Prevents Breast Cancer in Mice

A new vaccine that prevents breast cancer in mice is eliciting enthusiasm from the medical community, and could one day be used to immunize humans against the disease. A team at the Cleveland Clinic designed the vaccine by targeting a specific protein, Alpha-lactalbumin, that's only found in breast cancer cells and breast milk. The vaccine works by triggering the body's immune system to destroy the protein, which occurs in at least 70 percent of breast cancer tumors. The mice in this experiment were all genetically modified to develop breast cancer. Among the 50 mice who were vaccinated, n...

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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