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Pinkribbon-052215.jpg Breast density may not necessarily indicate greater risk of developing breast cancer, according to a new study from researchers at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. For the study the researchers examined health records from 365,426 women aged 40 to 74 years who had 831,455 total digital mammograms.

pinkribbon-051415.jpg MRI technology may help predict breast cancer risk for some women, according to a new study from researchers at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and assistant professor at the University of Washington. For the study the researchers examined links between breast density and background parenchymal enhancement (BPE) and cancer risk.

An increasing number of Americans are not undergoing recommended screenings for colorectal, breast and cervical cancers, according to a new report. The new report, published in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, shows that in 2013, screening for the three cancers either dropped lower than previous rates or showed no improvement.

statins-050515.jpg Taking statins, or cholesterol-lowering medications, can lead to a 12 percent lower risk of dying from cancer, according to a new study. The study, published in the May issue of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, reviewed British cancer registry data. They looked at roughly 14,000 British lung cancer patients diagnosed between 1998 and 2009.

Most women only need to be screened for cervical cancer once every three years, according to new guidelines from the American College of Physicians, a national organization of doctors. The advice, released at the ACP's internal medicine conference and published online in the Annals of Internal Medicine, states that undergoing testing too often can lead to increased false positive results.

Tanning-042715.jpg New York State Attorney General Eric T. Scheiderman has filed suits against two indoor tanning facilities claiming that there is "nothing safe" about their services. The suits came down against Portofino Spas and Total Tan and he also plans to file suit against Beach Bum Tanning and Planet Fitness. "Make no mistake about it: There is nothing safe about indoor tanning."

Mammography-042215.jpg The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has issued a new guideline stating that women should begin having yearly mammograms at the age of 50. The new guideline updates a 2009 suggestion that says women should begin having mammograms every other year starting at the age of 50. This change, in fact, marks the third shift in thinking about mammograms in the last decade.

medicine-042215.jpg Taking too many vitamin supplements could actually increase the risk of cancer and other illnesses, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Colorado Cancer. For the study researchers examined any links between excessive use of specific supplements and increases in cancer risk. They found that folic acid supplements were linked with a twenty percent increased risk.

A new pair of clinical trials suggest that immune system drugs can help treat advanced melanoma. In the studies, researchers found that the immune checkpoint inhibitor Keytruda worked better than the current frontline treatment for melanoma, Yervoy. They also found that using both drugs together yielded better results than using Yervoy alone.

bloodbottles-042015.jpg A new form of blood test called a liquid biopsy could prove more effective than traditional biopsies, according to a new study from researchers at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. With the new blood test doctors can seek out tiny fragments of DNA that are shed by tumor cells in the blood stream.

Pinkribbon-042015.jpg New research suggests that breast cancer rates in the U.S. may rise by 50 percent by 2030. A new study by the National Cancer Institute on cancer projections found that breast cancer rates would increase to an estimated 441,000 in 2030 (compared to 283,000 in 2011), with rates of estrogen-receptor positive cancers that had not spread to other parts of the body.

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