Oncology

Women with disabilities ‘less likely to participate in breast cancer screening’

Women with disabilities are 36 per cent less likely to participate in breast cancer screening and 25 per cent less likely to take part in bowel cancer screening than women reporting no disabilities, according to new research from the University of Oxford, UK. More than a fifth of the nearly 500,000...

Characteristics of mobile mammography patients examined

Significant differences were found among women receiving mammograms at a cancer centre compared to those visiting a mobile mammography van, according to new research conducted by the Medical University of South Carolina, US. Mobile mammography units have increasingly been used to address patient...

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...

Religious women likely to have less knowledge about HPV virus vaccinations

Young women who closely follow a religion are less likely to have access to important information about vaccines protecting them against the human papillomavirus (HPV), a new study has discovered. University of Utah's Huntsman Cancer Institute and College of Nursing in Salt Lake City, US,...

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...