Oncology

Abdominal fat ‘is a cancer driver for postmenopausal women’

Body fat distribution is more important than body weight when it comes to cancer risk in postmenopausal women, according to new research. It was found that the ratio of abdominal fat to peripheral fat was a significant independent predictor of cancer diagnosis up to 12 years. Study investigator...

Smoking ‘negatively affects breast cancer survival rates’

Smoking can negatively affect long-term survival chances after breast cancer, according to a new study conducted by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), US. The study was intended to examine whether smoking at the time of diagnosis and changes in smoking within five years after...

Exercise linked to increased cognitive function in breast cancer survivors

An increase in physical activity could more than double mental processing speed in women who have survived breast cancer, according to new research conducted by the University of California San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine, US. It is currently estimated that up to 75 per cent of breast cancer...

Pre-eclampsia linked to lower breast cancer risk

Researchers have found that women who have a history of pre-eclampsia - a pregnancy complication characterised by high blood pressure - can see up to a 90 per cent fall in the risk of breast cancer if they carry a specific common gene variant. The research was directed by lead author Dr Mark Powell...

Cancer patients still facing lack of information about impact on fertility

Patients undergoing cancer treatment are still not getting enough support when it comes to the impact that the disease and its treatment has on their fertility, a new study has discovered. According to findings from the Kids Cancer Center at Sydney Children’s Hospital in Australia, reported...

Study: India must avoid a breast cancer epidemic

A lack of early diagnosis of breast cancer in India is leading the country towards an epidemic, it has been reported. According to a study published in the Journal of Business Research - which was the first of its kind to look at breast cancer in India - educating men could be key to encouraging...

Women have superior response to oesophageal cancer

Female patients with locally advanced oesophageal cancer that is treated with chemotherapy and radiation therapy before surgery are more likely to have a favourable response to the treatment than male patients, according to a new study. The research, conducted by the Mayo Clinic, US, also found...

Statins: Women with high cholesterol have lower rates of breast cancer

Women with high cholesterol have significantly lower rates of breast cancer and improved mortality, it has been revealed. According to a 14-year study in more than one million people, there is also evidence that statins are associated with lower rates of breast cancer and subsequent mortality...

New test can predict risk of breast cancer returning

New research has revealed a way for scientists to spot women at high risk of breast cancer recurring within ten years of diagnosis. The study, conducted by the Institute of Cancer Research, London, found that women with a high number of immune cell ‘hotspots’ in and around tumours were...

FDA approves new drug to stop breast cancer returning

The FDA has approved a new drug that could help thousands of women in the US that have been diagnosed with a particular type of aggressive breast cancer. Nerlynx will soon be available to try and prevent cancer from returning when patients haven't responded to other treatment options. “...