Thursday, February 16, 2017

Lifetime weight gain associated with higher risk for stomach cancer

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CANCER DIGEST – Feb. 16, 2016 – People who are overweight in their twenties and become obese later in life may be three times more likely to develop cancer of either the esophagus (food pipe) or upper stomach, according to a study published in the Feb. 15, 2017 British Journal of Cancer .

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Breast cancer blood test may predict survival

cMethDNA test
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Kimmel Cancer Center
CANCER DIGEST – Feb. 5, 2017 – A blood test that spots cancer-linked DNA in women with advanced breast cancer correctly predicted that most of those patients with higher levels of the tumor markers died significantly earlier than those with lower levels.

The Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center scientists, who developed the test and led the study, say the results, if confirmed in more studies, suggest that the DNA detector, called cMethDNA, could be widely used to identify breast cancers at higher risk for recurrence and track the success or failure of treatment. Results of the study were published online Nov. 21, 2016 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.