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Positive thoughts can help you survive cancer

Positive thoughts can help you survive cancer

A positive outlook can be the most powerful ‘drug’ for surviving cancer. People who are anxious or distressed about their cancer diagnosis are up to four times more likely to die from the disease, new research has found. Although the cancer patients were given standard therapies, such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy, their survival rates varied widely, and one key factor was ...

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Red wine stops breast cancer spreading

Red wine stops breast cancer spreading

Red wine stops breast cancer from spreading, researchers have discovered this week. The wine’s ‘magic’ ingredient, resveratrol, blocks the growth effects of estrogen, which, in turn, stops the cancer cells proliferating. The discovery, made by researchers from the University of Calabria in Italy, is good news especially for women whose cancer is no longer responding to hormonal therapy. Red wine ...

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Blood test detects and locates cancer before symptoms appear

Blood test detects and locates cancer before symptoms appear

A blood test which not only detects cancer but identifies where it is in the body, has been developed by scientists. The breakthrough could allow doctors to diagnose specific cancers much earlier, even before signs such as a lump, begin to show. It is simple enough to be included in routine annual health checks alongside other tests such as for high blood ...

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Hormonal contraceptives, mammography and hair dyes increase breast cancer risk

Hormonal contraceptives, mammography and hair dyes increase breast cancer risk

In her recent doctoral dissertation, researcher Sanna Heikkinen from the University of Helsinki and Finnish Cancer Registry evaluates the contribution of the use of hormonal contraceptives and hair dyes to the spectrum of breast cancer risk factors. The analysis included self-reported survey data from 8000 breast cancer patients and 20,000 controls from Finland. According to the results, use of hormonal intrauterine ...

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Fasting slows leukaemia in children

Fasting slows leukaemia in children

The importance of fasting as a cancer therapy has been underlined once again this week with the discovery that it slows the growth of leukaemia in children. Fasting on alternate days inhibits the development and progress of cancer cells, and after seven weeks no cancerous cells could be detected in the bone marrow of laboratory mice. However, 68 per cent ...

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