Cancer Center

Cancer is a term used to describe the uncontrollable growth of abnormal cells. There are more than 100 diseases that fit beneath the umbrella term of cancer. Cancerous cells can exist anywhere in the body, and may group together in masses of tissue known as tumors. Tumors, while often a sign of cancer, do not have to be cancerous. The natural aging process or certain health conditions can cause the formation of tumors. Cancer is a growing concern in the USA. About 4,400 new cases of cancer are diagnosed each day, translating to more than 1.6 million new cases of cancer each year. According to the National Cancer Institute, the following are the most commonly diagnosed cancer types:

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Breast Cancer

The Mammogram Controversy Continues

Posted by Jane Farrell

Annual mammograms for women aged 40-59 don’t reduce the death rate from breast cancer, according to a new study. The study, published on bmj.com, also said that 22 percent of breast cancers detected via mammogram were over-diagnosed—meaning that the cancers that were found were ones that would not cause symptoms or death. The findings are fueling an ongoing debate about the benefits of mammograms.

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Breast Cancer

Running Trumps Walking for Breast Cancer Survival

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Previous studies have shown that breast cancer survivors who meet the current exercise recommendations of 2.5 hours of moderate intensity physical activity per week are at 25% lower risk for dying from breast cancer. Now research from the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and reported in the International Journal of Cancer suggests that exceeding the recommendations may provide greater protection, and that running may be better than walking.

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Breast Cancer

New Way to Image Dense Breasts

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Dartmouth engineers and radiologists are developing new approaches for an emerging technique called MRI with near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) to  image dense breasts for abnormalities. The study will appear in the February 2014 issue of the journal Academic Radiology.

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Breast Cancer

Stopping Breast Cancer Metastasis

Posted by Sondra Forsyth

Researchers from Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah in salt Lake City have discovered a cellular mechanism that drives the spread of breast cancer to other parts of the body, as well as a therapy which blocks that metastisis. The research results were published online in the journal Cell Reports on January 2nd 2014.

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Breast Cancer

Health Close-Up: Stage IV Breast Cancer

Posted by Judy Kirkwood

By Judy Kirkwood Editor's note: October is Breast Cancer Month. This article is ThirdAge's contribution to awareness about a form of breast cancer that is seldom discussed and is underfunded even though a third of patients have it. Read on for the courageous story of one of those patients and learn how easy it can be for you to help the cause.