More than 6 drinks a week leads to higher health risks — especially for women
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(Stephanie Dubois, Ioanna Roumeliotis/ CBC News) — Having more than six drinks per week leads to an increased risk of a host of health issues, including cancer, according to new proposed guidelines published Monday.

Any level of alcohol consumption had a net negative impact on health for almost every disease reviewed   …

Ants can learn to ‘sniff out’ cancer in patients
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(Chris Melore/ Study Finds) — Ants may be the answer when it comes to creating an affordable test for diagnosing cancer. Researchers in France say they have successfully trained these ordinary insects to sniff out cancer cells. In lab experiments, the tiny cancer screeners could actually tell the difference between the  …

Are transgender women at risk for breast cancer?
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(S. Behring/ Healthline) — Until recently, the medical community didn’t have data on breast cancer rates in the transgender community. Transgender people have historically faced large amounts of discrimination, and data often wasn’t taken or recorded appropriately.

Discrimination and barriers to care still exist  …

Skin cancer on the rise in Canada, study finds
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(Solarina Ho/ CTV News) — Canadians living in southern and coastal parts of the country are at higher risk of developing a deadly form of skin cancer, according to a new study led by McGill University, which also found that rates of this type of cancer are rising in Canada.

The population-based study, published on Monday in  …

Vitamin D may reduce ovarian cancer’s ability to spread to other organs
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(Allana Akhtar/ Insider) — Vitamin D helped cells outside major organs ward off ovarian cancer cells in a Japanese university lab.

Researchers at Nagoya University Graduate School of Medicine in Japan found vitamin D counteracted a process ovarian cancer cells use to spread into different organs.

Dr. William  …

Breast cancer drug trial results in ‘unheard-of’ survival
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(Gina Kolata/ New York Times) — The patients had metastatic breast cancer that had been progressing despite rounds of harsh chemotherapy. But a treatment with a drug that targeted cancer cells with laserlike precision was stunningly successful, slowing tumor growth and extending life to an extent rarely seen with advanced  …

Small cancer drug trial sees tumors disappear in 100 percent of patients
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(Kim Bellware/ The Washington Post) — A small drug trial is having a seismic impact in the world of oncology: After six months of an experimental treatment, tumors vanished in all 14 patients diagnosed with early stage rectal cancer who completed the study by the time it was published.

Researchers in the field of colorectal

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Montreal study finds increased cancer and tumour risk due to wildfires
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(Daniel J Rowe/ CTV News) — With wildfires in Quebec already exceeding 10-year averages in size and quantity, a new study out of Montreal suggests the health of those living near are at a greater risk of developing lung cancer and brain tumours.

Quebec’s forest fire protection agency (SOPFEU) reports seven active  …

Magnets made by soil bacteria offer hope for breast and prostate cancer
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(Robin McKie/ The Guardian) — Scientists are developing magnetically guided microscopic projectiles that can be injected into patients’ blood to attack breast, prostate and other tumours.

The project – led by researchers at Sheffield University – builds on progress in two key medical fields. The first involves viruses  …

A single genetic mutation made humans more susceptible to cancer
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(Alice Klein/ New Scientist) — A tiny change in our DNA that occurred after we evolved away from other primates has made us more prone to getting cancer, new research suggests.

Cancer is relatively rare in other primates. For example, autopsies of 971 non-human primates that died at Philadelphia Zoo in Pennsylvania between  …

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