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Too Many Pap Tests Continue in Low Risk Women, Despite Risks of Unnecessary Treatments

Aggressive screening campaigns for some diseases can actually cause more harm than good, as it can lead to unnecessary and stressful treatments in patients at low risk for the disease. A new report suggests this is the case for pap testing for cervical cancer in older women, leading to millions of patients receiving unnecessary treatments. […]

New Study Reviews Why HPV Vaccination Rates Remain Low

Despite that the HPV vaccine can prevent cervical and other types of cancer, vaccination rates remain low. A new study has investigated how public health authorities could better work with parents to increase the number of children getting the vaccine. Barriers to human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination among adolescents in the U.S. range from financial concerns […]

Younger Patients More Often Affected By Breast Biopsy Side Effects

Undergoing a breast biopsy is stressful, and researchers have recently sought out to study how exactly patients are affected. Their work shows that younger women in particular are significantly affected by short-term side effects, including pain and anxiety. Show More Summary

Multi-Drug Approach Could Target High Genetic Variation Within Ovarian Tumors

Many anti-cancer drugs target a specific gene or protein in a tumor. However, new research suggests that the cells making up ovarian tumors are extremely varied, which may be why these tumors often resist single-drug approaches. One of the most comprehensive studies of genetic mutations in ovarian cancer was published today, demonstrating an unprecedented level […]

How to care for skin during and after radiation

Most side effects from radiation therapy are limited to the area being treated and go away within weeks. Use these tips to care for your skin.

Change in Certain Type of DNA Drives Aggressive Breast Cancer

All cells contain mitochondria, structures that produce energy for a cell. Researchers have found that these structures, and the DNA found within them, have a major role in aggressive forms of breast cancer. For years, scientists have observed that tumor cells from certain breast cancer patients with aggressive forms of the disease contained low levels […]

Changes in Gut Flora Linked to Colorectal Cancer

New research suggests that the microbes that live in our gut play a key role in the development of colorectal cancer. A recently published study has found that mice that receive the gut flora in mice with colorectal cancer have a doubled rate tumor development. Transferring the gut microbes from a mouse with colon tumors […]

The problem with overtreating thyroid cancers

Concern rises with possible overtreatment of some people who have low-risk thyroid cancers.

Hope, resources and support for those living with cancer

If you're living with cancer, use this connection outside the walls of Mayo Clinic to share your experiences.

Lack of Physical Activity Increases Risk of Recurrence of Precancerous Colorectal Polyps

For men who have undergone surgery to remove precancerous polyps of the colon, increasing their physical activity could help ward off recurrence of the disease. A new study has found that sedentary time correlates with the recurrence of polyps, which increase the risk of developing colorectal cancer. Men who spend the most time engaged in […]

Aggressive Leukemia Linked to Mutations in Four Genes, Suggesting New Treatment Strategy

A subtype of leukemia, acute dendritic leukemia, is particularly aggressive and difficult to treat. By examining the genome of these cancerous cells, researchers have found that biologically, they resemble another type of leukemia, suggesting the disease might respond to a similar therapy. Acute dendritic leukaemia is a rare type of leukaemia, but one with the […]

Misperceptions by Parents Explain Poor HPV Vaccination Rates: Experts

Misinformation and incorrect perceptions may explain why HPV vaccination rates remain low, experts argue. The vaccine can prevent most cases of cervical cancer, but many parents hesitate to have their children immunized, often based on incorrect perceptions of the vaccine. A Mayo Clinic physician and two other pediatric experts say that parental perceptions pose a […]

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New Imaging Technique Can Track Drug Effects on Breast Cancer

A newly-developed imaging technique can distinguish different subtypes of breast cancer and track whether a treatment is working, according to a new study. The technique measures the metabolism of tumor cells, which changes if the cancer is responding to drug therapy. An optical imaging technique that measures metabolic activity in cancer cells can accurately differentiate […]

Personalized Medicine Revolution Will Require Revolutionary Changes In How We Care For Cancer Patients

I attended a meeting in Washington this past Wednesday that got me to thinking about the fact that as we revolutionize cancer research and treatment, we are also going to have to revolutionize cancer care. And that may prove to be an...Show More Summary

Study Examines Why Parents Don’t Vaccine Their Kids Against Cervical Cancer

The HPV vaccine can prevent most cases of cervical cancer, but many families do not fully vaccinate their children. A new study has examined their reasons, which could help health care professional improve the quality of communication and information about the benefits of the vaccine. A new study explores why girls in minority groups and […]

New Database Helps Researchers and Doctors Match Disease Genes to Drug Therapies

A new database will help research scientists be able to more easily find which drugs can target specific genes. This may help researchers more quickly move from identifying disease genes in individuals to effective treatments. Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have created a massive online database that matches thousands of […]

Four Gene Variants Linked to Increased Risk of Esophageal Cancer

An important new study has identified several specific genetic changes that are linked to an increased risk of esophageal cancer. The finding helps explain inheritance of the disease in families, and could give researchers molecular insights into the disease. Show More Summary

Levels of Circulating Tumor Cells More Useful Measure of Prostate Cancer Improvement

In a specific type of prostate cancer, measuring a patient’s response to treatment is important to decide whether the current therapy choice is effective. Researchers have found that measuring cancer cells circulating in the blood is a better measure than levels of a specific protein, which is currently used. A new study reveals that in […]

Tips for seeking second opinion on cancer care

A second opinion sheds new light on cancer treatment options and gives you confidence on how to proceed with your care.

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