Tag: breast cancer

Valley Women who Wait for Annual Check-Up could miss Advanced Cancer early on

Some doctors in the Rio Grande Valley are warning women who wait for their annual mammogram could risk missing early detection of cancer. 40% of breast cancer cases are detected by a women noticing a lump or change in her breast. Doctors tell Fox News this is one of the main reasons why self examinations are necessary. “The most important preventative measure to take against breast cancer is self examination which is done by the women herself,” says Carlos Garcia-Cantu, a doctor in the valley. Doctors are motivating patients to get to know themselves and do self examinations monthly....

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New frontier in cancer care: Turning blood into living drugs

BY LAURAN NEERGAARD SEATTLE (AP) — Ken Shefveland’s body was swollen with cancer, treatment after treatment failing until doctors gambled on a radical approach: They removed some of his immune cells, engineered them into cancer assassins and unleashed them into his bloodstream. Immune therapy is the hottest trend in cancer care and this is its next frontier – creating “living drugs” that grow inside the body into an army that seeks and destroys tumors. Looking in the mirror, Shefveland saw “the cancer was just melting away.” A month later doctors at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center couldn’t find...

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Crowdsourcing effort takes aim at deadliest breast cancers

CHICAGO (AP) — Forget the pink ribbons. Spitting in a tube for science is what unites a growing group of breast cancer patients taking part in a unique project to advance treatment for the deadliest form of the disease. For many of the 150,000-plus patients nationwide whose tumors have spread to bones, brains, lungs or other distant organs, the hue heralding breast cancer awareness and survival each October is a little too rosy. They know cancer will likely kill them. And they’ve often felt neglected by mainstream advocacy and medical research. But now they have a way to get...

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Research finds talc doesn’t cause cancer; juries disagree

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Two lawsuits ended in jury verdicts worth $127 million. Two others were tossed out by a judge who said there wasn’t reliable evidence that the talc in Johnson & Johnson’s iconic baby powder causes ovarian cancer. So who’s right? And is baby powder safe? Most research finds no link or a weak one between ovarian cancer and using baby powder for feminine hygiene, a practice generations of American mothers have passed on to their daughters. Most major health groups have declared talc harmless. Johnson & Johnson, whose baby powder dominates the market, says it’s perfectly...

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$55 Mammograms offered through ‘Cinco de Mammo’ Week-long Event

Listen up ladies: this information could save your life: South Texas Health System is offering mammograms for just $55 through their annual ‘Cinco de Mammo’ event. Mammograms can cost upward of $300, so health professionals are urging Rio Grande Valley residents to take advantage of this once-a-year-offer. “More and more women are showing up, having breast cancer… And having a mammogram is a way of finding out, and your chances for survival are so much greater.” Cinco de Mammo kicks off Monday, May 2, and will continue until Saturday, May 7. You can pre-register at any South Texas Health...

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