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Controversial Drug Linked to Cancer Risk Reduction


Controversial Drug Linked to Cancer Risk Reduction

Controversial Drug Linked to Cancer Risk Reduction

A number of drugs that are currently used to treat diabetes has been going through studies and trials recently to determine if they have any additional medical value and according to a report released this week it looks like they might just be the next big thing in cancer treatment. The drugs are all very similar in the way they work and while they’re approved for use, the FDA keeps very tight restrictions on their usage for patients. Due to a number of preliminary studies many medical experts felt that these drugs could have an impact on cancer risk and now they’ve concluded that the drugs do in fact lower the risk of developing cancer in women.

Essentially according to doctors the drugs increase the body’s sensitivity to insulin which can reduce the risk for diabetes, since diabetes is often followed by cancer they believed this could have an impact on cancer development. After months of studies the reports concluded that the drugs did in fact have a measurable impact on cancer rates in women. Obviously it’ll be quite a while before anything like this could become a real, usable treatment, but many doctors are hopeful that this is a step in the right direction for cancer testing.

 

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New Breast Cancer Test Available


New Breast Cancer Test Available

New Breast Cancer Test Available

This week the largest medical testing company in the United States officially announced that they are going to begin offering breast cancer testing to the public using a radical new gene analysis method. The test is not new or particularly complicated and it is already used in some fashion by a few other companies but by adding in another testing company many doctors believe that the cost of breast cancer testing will likely go down dramatically.

Essentially the test analysis multiple genes found in a person’s DNA in order to detect abnormalities or strange occurrences that could develop into breast cancer. Doctors are quick to note that this is not a definitive test but it does in fact show whether a person is high risk or not for developing breast cancer. The good news is that because multiple companies will now be offering this preliminary screening the cost of the actual test will likely go down dramatically due to competition. Regardless of the price this is absolutely great news because millions of Americans will be able to get at least a glimpse of their genetic stance when it comes to breast cancer. No matter the results doctors encourage regular checkups, but this is still a good way to determine a person’s risk for breast cancer.

 

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FDA Hopeful Regarding Radical Breast Cancer Drug


FDA Hopeful Regarding Radical Breast Cancer Drug

FDA Hopeful Regarding Radical Breast Cancer Drug

Breast cancer is one of the leading killers in much of the world, it is also the cancer that generally received the most research funding and as such doctors are hopeful there will be a treatment available soon. Well an FDA announcement this week definitely shows that some very positive progress has been made in that regard. According to the FDA, multiple patients that have been given a new drug in a trial run have shown very promising results.

This is absolutely amazing news because it is really the only step towards a successful treatment in the recent future. The drug was designed to be used as a treatment prior to surgery, making it the least invasive option and the results according to doctors were phenomenal. In the multiple trial patients across the United States the new drug was used prior to any type of surgery and it was found that the drug reduced tumor size by a noticeable amount. This is a big accomplishment according to doctors because it greatly reduces to damage when surgery is needed, plus it helps the body recover faster.

At this point the drug is obviously still experimental but doctors are hopeful that this FDA study will lead to more treatments soon. Many doctors are hopeful that a larger study will be conducted sometime this year.

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Sugar Can Improve Cancer Detection


Sugar Can Improve Cancer Detection

Sugar Can Improve Cancer Detection

A medical report released this week has some revolutionary and surprising information that can significantly increase the chances of detecting cancer in some cases. According to the research, patients consuming sugar shortly before going through an MRI screening for cancer can drastically improve the detection rate. Doctors say that the idea is really quite simple, the way sugar reacts in the body is easy to see with an MRI so doctors are basically able to follow it as the sugar spreads through a person.

The way this helps detect cancer is that the cancerous cells react in a unique way when sugar is encountered and this can once again be spotted on an MRI. Overall doctors say that this new screening method is incredibly simple to implement and to understand, plus they’re already working on better ways to improve it. In the future many doctors are planning to give patients a simple injection with a sugar based material and then with an MRI they will be able to quickly and easily detect anything that may be cancerous. This is obviously great news because cancer detection is the only real way to treat it, hopefully in the future this will become a standard treatment procedure for many cancers.

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Lung Cancer Screening Could Save Lives


Lung Cancer Screening Could Save Lives

Lung Cancer Screening Could Save Lives

This week a new and innovative study on lung cancer screening came out and revealed some interesting information about the deadly ailment. Doing lung cancer screenings has never been very common but recently researchers have begun doing it more and more often, what they have found is that a few simple screening procedures can quickly and easily detect cancer in the early stages and help reduce deaths.

According to doctors a few simple CT scans could likely save thousands of lives or more due to lung cancer detection and they are hopeful that some day soon it will become significantly more common for the screening to take place. Researchers say that lung cancer screening is really only necessary in high risk patients such as smokers, but running them through a simple CT scan would be about 90% effective at detecting the cancer in even the earliest onset in most patients. This is absolutely great news for everyone, even non smokers, because the procedure is simple and already widespread so it should not be difficult to make it a common practice.

Doctors are expecting to begin more lung cancer screenings as soon as possible in many cases. This new push for lung cancer screening really could save thousands of lives per year.

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World Health Organization Calls for Drug Safety Improvements


World Health Organization Calls for Drug Safety Improvements

World Health Organization Calls for Drug Safety Improvements

This week a major committee from the World Health Organization announced that they’re working on developing a number of much needed improvements for the healthcare industry. As of now there isn’t really any sort of drug quality tracking system or screening system and that could lead to large quantities of tainted or incorrect drugs making it onto the open market.

This is exactly what the World Health Organization committee plans to resolve through some sort of new system. The details are still being worked on but they are committed to getting it setup and ready to be implemented sometime in the coming year. This is great news for everyone because it will finally put a much needed safety check on the drug manufacturing and distribution system worldwide.

The world is being done largely with help from the United States Food and Drug Administration, since they already operate a very similar system in the United States. Hopefully with the FDA’s help there will be an effective and efficient worldwide system to help keep consumers safe. It is only a matter of time before the system is completed and once it is the World Health Organization plans to implement it completely to help protection billions of people worldwide.

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Cancer Screening Methods Will Be Reviewed Soon


Consumer Reports Begins Reviewing Cancer Screenings

Cancer Screening Methods Will Be Reviewed Soon

Consumer Reports is a widely respected company when it comes to reviewing any and all consumer products. Nearly everything you can imagine is reviewed by them and now it looks like they’re getting into another controversial but important market. Today Consumer Reports announced that they will officially begin testing and reviewing a number of cancer screening tests in the coming months.

The motive behind these reviews is pretty simple, early screening saves lives by detecting cancer, so Consumer Reports wants to provide a simple to understand review of exactly which tests cover what and how they work. Many tests are complicated or painful and offer almost no valuable information so consumer reports is hoping to make it possible for average people to understand exactly what they’re getting into and that is absolutely great news.

Of course doctors are a little bit leery of the results but they say more information is always good. Consumer Reports is encouraging people to always consult and listen to their doctors as a primary source of information, their reviews should only be used as a supplement. Either way it is great to see someone is finally doing some real world information gathering about these important and sometimes lifesaving tests.

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Breast Exams Prove Valuable


Breast Exams Prove Valuable

Breast Exams Prove Valuable

For years doctors and medical researchers have been fighting over whether or not breast exams and mammograms were worth the time, risk, and cost associated with them for women over 40 and today we have solid proof that they are worth it. The report published this week shows that those women that do receive consistent and frequent mammograms are significantly less likely to have major developers of cancer go undetected.

Breast cancer is a big problem and without routine screening it is nearly impossible to do anything about. That is precisely why doctors are now saying that mammograms and other screening methods are most definitely worth the time and money every single year. As more and more women have began to routinely get screened they’ve shown significant reductions in late detection of breast cancer which is great news for everyone.

Perhaps the only major drawback to frequent testing reported was the increased chance of false positive reports. Doctors say these are far from common and overall the risk is most definitely worth the time given how significant the potential reward can be. Doctors are now encouraging women to have a mammogram as often as possible to increase the length of their lives. A simple mammogram really can drastically change and save lives which is absolutely amazing news for anyone and everyone. Doctors and medical experts say this could be the best step forward in breast cancer research and it is also one of the simplest to do so do your part today.

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New Test May Save Millions


New Test May Save Millions

New Test May Save Millions

This week a group of researchers came out with what could be a lifesaving test for babies and infants. Health experts agree that syphilis is a significant risk for newborns in many under developed countries and for a variety of reasons they have never been able to effectively test for or treat the disease. Fortunately the new test is not only more accurate and more readily available, it is also significantly cheaper.

The entire purpose of the research program was to find or develop a cheaper alternative to current syphilis testing and that is exactly what they did. The new syphilis test is expected to cost no more than a dollar per test which means millions of them could quickly and easily be distributed to pregnant women in under developed countries. By effectively testing in these areas doctors would be able to at least begin some sort of treatment which many analysts say would likely be able to save the lives of millions of babies each and every year.

At this point the test is completely finished and the design is finalized so it all comes down to actual manufacturing. It will likely be at least a few months before the tests are being produced or distributed but experts are hopeful that in a relatively short time period the test will be available to those that so desperately need in all around the world.

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Mammograms Even More Beneficial Than Originally Believed


Breast ExamThe journal, Radiology has recently published the results of the longest running breast cancer screening study ever conducted. The international team of researchers studied 130,000 women in Sweden and has concluded that regular mammograms prevent deaths from breast cancer, and the number of lives saved increases over time.

In the last two years, a controversy has arisen concerning breast screening recommendations that were originally issued by the influential advisory group, U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. They advised against routine mammograms for women over 40 and claimed that women over 50 should get mammograms every other year instead of every year.

These recommendations contradicted years of messages about the need for routine breast cancer screening starting at age 40. Although the intent was to spare women some of the concern and expense of additional testing, breast cancer experts and advocacy groups argued these new guidelines would only confuse women and result in more deaths from breast cancer.

Many groups, including The American Cancer Society have never wavered in its endorsement of a yearly breast exam for women starting at age 40. They have always stressed the fact that breast X-rays have saved many lives because they detect tumors in early stages, when they are most easily and effectively treated.

Every year, breast cancer kills 500,000 people globally and is the second-leading cause of cancer death among U.S. women, after lung cancer. New data cements evidence concerning the long-term benefits of regular mammography screening. While some controversy may still remain concerning the frequency of screening, there is no question that screening is an effective tool against a formidable enemy.

The change in established guidelines may have caused much confusion about the benefits of mammograms, but there are still fewer more effective weapons in the arsenal against the early detection of breast cancer.

Beginning at  age of 40 and consistent routine screening  is still the battle cry that will ultimately win the war.

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