New approaches to fighting cancer, food that reduces risk and other cancer news

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Cancer news in brief for the week of July 9th

The world's fastest camera, developed by UCLA engineers, is being used to detect rogue cancer cells.

This recent New York Times series explores new approaches in fighting cancer: Genetic Gamble- New Approaches to Fighting Cancer:

genomes-cancerPart I:  In Treatment for Leukemia, Glimpses of the Future

Part II:  A New Treatment’s Tantalizing Promise Brings Heartbreaking Ups and Downs

Part III:  A Life-Death Predictor Adds to a Cancer’s Strain

American Cancer Society is urging the Surgeon General to conduct a study on the impact of sugar-sweetened drinks on consumer health. They say that these beverages play a major role in the nation's obesity crisis and require a U.S. action plan.

Attention coffee lovers! New research shows more benefits for drinking that cup of joe. On average, Americans drink 3 cups of coffee a day, but according to the study, increasing the number of cups of caffeinated coffee you drink could lower your risk of developing the most common form of skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma.

Being physically active is among the best tactics for prevention.  Because, whatever your age, exercise may reduce your breast cancer risk, a study shows.

fertility-drugs-cancerIn recent years, scientists have been concerned about the link between fertility drugs and increased breast cancer risk, citing a possible relationship between the hormones altered by the drugs and those implicated in breast cancer. Some studies found that the drugs reduced cancer risk, while others showed an increased risk. And, others found no connection at all.  But researchers at the National Institutes of Health recently discovered that although the fertility  drugs may reduce breast cancer risk in young women, the risk increases when they get pregnant.

Life, Interrupted: Am I a Cancer Survivor?

bra-size-cancerA new study finds that breast cancer risk may be linked to breast size.  Researcher Nick Eriksson with the California-based personal genomics company 23andMe said, "There are surprising connections between some of the genes involved in determining breast size and the genes involved in breast cancer."

Jai Pausch's memoir of her husband Randy’s death at 47 and its aftermath, "Dream New Dreams: Reimagining My Life After Loss," shows another side of Randy: he was irritable, argumentative, self-absorbed, even condescending.  "Patients need and deserve support, but it's time for us as a community to understand the suffering that is shouldered, sometimes silently, by our family members, neighbors, friends and co-workers," she says. "We need to offer help to these people."

pistachios-cancerExperts have long advocated the health benefits of nuts. Now, pistachios can be added to the list of nuts that could reduce the risk of cancer. Gamma-tocopherol, a form of Vitamin E, in pistachios could be responsible.

American Girl decided to create its own bald doll for kids with cancer, alopecia, and other conditions that cause hair loss. This comes a few months after Mattel announced that they would be creating a bald Barbie.

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