DNA Differences May Influence Risk Of Hodgkin Disease

A new analysis has found that certain variations in genes that repair DNA can affect a person’s risk of developing Hodgkin disease. Published in the April 1, 2009 issue of CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the study indicates that differences in these genes should be further investigated to better understand individuals’ […]

Digestive CARE™ Gastroenterologists Launch ‘Bottom Line Poetry Contest’ For National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month During March 2009

Digestive CARE™, a medical group of 46 gastroenterologists in Broward and Palm Beach County, today launched the “Bottom Line Poetry Contest” in honor of National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month (March 2009). Digestive CARE™ is offering a $500 cash prize (or the option of a free colonoscopy) to the poet who submits the best new original […]

The Most Successful Treatment For Rectal Cancer Is Radiation Therapy, Followed By Optimum Surgery

The findings in two articles published in this week´s edition of The Lancet, indicate that high quality surgery following a short period of radiation therapy is the best treatment for patients with operable rectal cancer. Surgery is the standard treatment for rectal cancer, however the removal of the tumor alone does not eliminate the risk […]

What is Cancer?

Cancer is a class of diseases characterized by out-of-control cell growth. There are over 100 different types of cancer, and each is classified by the type of cell that is initially affected. Cancer harms the body when damaged cells divide uncontrollably to form lumps or masses of tissue called tumors (except in the case of […]

March Is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

The Cancer Institute of New Jersey (CINJ) is making experts available to discuss risk factors, treatment and prevention options surrounding colorectal cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, nearly 149,000 new cases of the disease were diagnosed in the United States last year with 4,600 new cases in New Jersey. Colorectal cancer is the third […]

New Tool For Genome Wide Association Studies

Modern genotyping technologies offer new opportunities to explore how genes influence health and disease, but also present the challenge of analyzing huge amounts of genetic and clinical data. With this in mind, investigators at the Lausanne Branch of the international Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research (LICR), the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics (SIB) and the University […]

Healthy Living Could Cut Cancer Across The Globe, Landmark Report

A landmark report from cancer experts says that many cancers could be prevented throughout the globe if people adopted healthier diets, exercised more and controlled their weight. The overall figures show that about a third of the most common cancers in high-income countries and a quarter in lower-income countries could be prevented in this way; […]

Cancer Survivors Less Likely To Be In Employment

Breast cancer survivors are less likely to have jobs, says a new study published in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) . The report explains that this is especially the case for breast and gastrointestinal cancer survivors. The authors explain that the long-term effects of cancer and its treatment may impair social functioning, including […]

Peer Coaches Help Patients Overcome Colonoscopy Fears

Patients who have had a colonoscopy can play a life-saving role by encouraging other patients to follow through with their own colorectal cancer screenings, according to new research from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. These peer coaches can provide important information to combat myths and fears that serve as barriers to colonoscopy – […]

Health Researchers Assess Impact Of Unsafe Neighborhoods

Health researchers have found that residents, especially women, who live in low income housing in neighborhoods considered unsafe at night, are less physically active than those who live in safer neighborhoods. In addition, the study, conducted in the Boston area, found that feeling unsafe may also diminish confidence in the ability of residents to become […]