Can frankincense really fight cancer?

“Frankincense ‘fights cancer’,” is the festive health headline from the Mail Online. The “aromatic substance from the Nativity story could help treat ovarian tumours,” it says. The news is based on a University of Leicester press release entitled “Christmas gift brings treatment hope for cancer patients”. Unfortunately, many more Christmases are likely to pass before […]

Tight belts are unlikely to give you throat cancer

“Wearing your belt too tight can raise your risk of getting throat cancer…as it increases your chance of suffering acid reflux,” is the unnecessarily alarmist headline in The Daily Telegraph. In fact, in an experiment which asked people to wear a weightlifter’s belt, researchers found changes in the cells at the junction between the stomach […]

The Limits of Palliative Cancer Care in Guatemala

As cancer rates increase around the world, so does the need for palliative care in low- and middle-income countries.  The world’s poorest cancer patients tend to come to medical attention at advanced stages, when pain management represents the only therapeutic option.  The WHO advocates the development of palliative care programs in poor countries, describing that […]

‘Promising’ new test for ovarian cancer developed

Ovarian cancer screening ‘has potential’ reports BBC News. Many cases of ovarian cancer are only diagnosed at an advanced stage, so accurate early-stage tests for ovarian cancer are urgently needed. The news is based on research into a two-stage screening test for ovarian cancer among postmenopausal women in the US. Screening was based on measuring a […]

No Breast Cancer Benefits From Bisphosphonates

(MedPage Today) — Contrary to observational research, taking bisphosphonates for osteoporosis doesn’t appear to be protective against breast cancer in postmenopausal women, researchers found. MedPage Today OB/Gyn

Morning Break: Faking Cancer Dx, Red Meat Allergy

(MedPage Today) — Health news and commentary from around the Web, gathered by the MedPage Today staff. MedPage Today OB/Gyn

Signals regulating mammary stem cell activation during pregnancy can be hijacked by breast cancer cells

During pregnancy, certain hormones trigger specialized mammary stem cells to create milk-producing cells essential to lactation. Pregnancy / Obstetrics News From Medical News Today

Excess Weight May Fuel Many Cancer Types (CME/CE)

(MedPage Today) — Increasing body size had significant associations with 10 common types of cancer, a study involving more than 5 million people showed. MedPage Today OB/Gyn

Avastin Wins FDA OK for Cervical Cancer

WASHINGTON (MedPage Today) — The FDA has approved the angiogenesis inhibitor bevacizumab for treatment of advanced cervical cancer in combination with chemotherapy. MedPage Today OB/Gyn

Exercise may cut breast cancer risk, study finds

"Exercise lowers risk of breast cancer after menopause," reports The Independent. This and similar headlines were sparked by a large study of postmenopausal teachers that found increased recreational activity was associated with a 10% decrease in the risk of breast cancer. The risk reduction eroded among some women who became less active over the years, […]

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