Oncology

Gene 'increases susceptibility to breast and ovarian cancer'

A newly-identified gene has been found to increase women's susceptibility to hereditary breast and ovarian cancers. The gene, called RAD51C, is essential for DNA repair within cells but mutations in the gene can cause breast or ovarian cancer, according to the study conducted by researchers in...

Finding 'opens way' for new breast cancer treatments

A new finding has opened the way for the development of new ways to prevent and treat breast cancer. Researchers at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne, Australia, have found that breast stem cells are very sensitive to the female hormones oestrogen and progesterone.

Thinner girls 'more at risk from breast cancer'

A new study has found that thinner girls may be at higher risk of developing breast cancer. Girls who were particularly lean at the age of seven, had an increased chance of getting the illness later in life, according to researchers writing in BioMed Central's journal Breast Cancer Research.

Alcohol consumption while young 'leads to increased breast disease risk'

Teenage girls and young women who consume alcohol may have an increased risk of developing breast disease in their 20s, new research has found. The results of the recent study, conducted by researchers at the Harvard Medical School in the US, found that girls and young women who drank alcohol...

Cervical screening 'important even after HPV vaccine'

Young women must continue to go for cervical cancer screening, it has been claimed. Tony Kerridge, a spokesperson for Marie Stopes International, said there is "a slight concern" that women believe they do not require screening if they have received the HPV vaccine...

Breast cancer genes identified in new study

US researchers have identified a number of genes associated with recurring breast cancer, it has been reported. According to an article published in the Nature Medicine journal, a small number of overexpressed and amplified genes from chromosome 8q22, connected to early disease recurrence, have...

January declared Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

January 2010 has been declared Cervical Cancer Awareness Month in the US in a bid to raise awareness of the disease and its causes.

Awareness campaigns 'can limit cervical cancer losses'

Cervical cancer awareness campaigns can make a significant difference to the death rate associated with the disease, it has been claimed. Robert Music, director of UK-based cervical cancer charity Jo's Trust, noted that the illness kills 1,000 women a year in the UK alone, despite being largely...

Scientists make cancer gene mapping breakthrough

UK scientists have made a discovery which they say will help unlock the entire genetic code of both skin and lung cancer. Researchers at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in Cambridge managed to collect the thousands of pieces of damage in DNA which turns normal cells into lung or skin cancer,...

IAEA affirms commitment to cancer prevention in Africa

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has vowed to continue its commitment to cancer prevention in Africa. IAEA director general Yukiya Amano confirmed during a trip to Nigeria that the agency would "intensify" its cooperation on cancer avoidance and care issues...