Cancer Risks/Causes

Weight Linked to Nearly 500,000 Cancers Worldwide

An international team of researchers estimates that 481,000 new cancer cases each year (3.6%) are likely caused by overweight or obesity, defined as having a body mass index (BMI) of 25 or higher.

Researchers Learn More About a Rare Genetic Mutation Linked to Breast Cancer

An international team of researchers has found that abnormal changes (mutations) to a gene called PALB2 increase the risk of breast cancer much more than previously thought.

CDC: Lifestyle Changes Can Reduce Death From Top 5 Causes

Lifestyle changes like avoiding tobacco, increasing physical activity, and eating healthier could significantly reduce deaths in the United States, according to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

FDA Requires Warning on Tanning Beds

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says people under age 18 should not use tanning booths/beds or sunlamps, and these products will now have to carry a warning stating that. These devices have been re-classified as moderate risk (Class II) instead of low risk (Class I).

FDA Proposes New Regulations for E-Cigarettes and other Tobacco Products

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is proposing new regulations for electronic cigarettes, cigars, and other tobacco products including pipes, nicotine gels, hookah tobacco, and dissolvables.

Four Ways to Reduce Your Breast Cancer Risk

About 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer at some point during her life. While you can’t change some risk factors, there are things you can do that may lower your breast cancer risk.

Healthy Diet Linked to Lower Risk of Pancreatic Cancer

People who most closely follow healthy eating guidelines may have a lower risk of pancreatic cancer , according to a new study. Read about it here.

Study Estimates Children’s Potential Cancer Risk from CT Scans

Medical experts are once again advising that children undergo CT scans only when medically necessary and using the smallest radiation dose possible, following a new study.

Genetics Promise Advancements for the Future of Cancer Treatment

Researchers have been working for years to understand the genetic changes that lead to cancer. One type of changes are called mutations and can cause cells to grow out of control.

Report Studies Link between World Trade Center Exposure and Cancer Risk

A study of people exposed to Ground Zero has found that early responders and recovery workers at site of the World Trade Center terrorist attack do not appear to have an increased risk of cancer overall thus far.

World Health Organization Says Diesel Exhaust Causes Cancer

A group of experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) has classified diesel engine exhaust as a carcinogen – a substance that causes cancer.

CT Scans in Children Raise Risk of Cancer

Computed tomography (CT) scans in children have been linked to a small increased risk for later developing leukemia and brain cancer, according to a newly published study by international researchers.

Study Examines Possible Link Between Dental X-rays and Meningioma Risk

A new study has found that people diagnosed with meningioma, a tumor of the lining covering the brain, are more likely to report that they’ve received certain types of dental x-rays in the past.

Radon Gas and Lung Cancer

Getting your home tested for radon can help protect you and your family from a key cause of lung cancer.

American Cancer Society Changes Its Screening Guideline Process

The American Cancer Society has revised its cancer screening guideline process to make the guidelines more clear and consistent and help people better understand how such decisions are made.

Study Finds Coffee May Lower Risk of Endometrial Cancer

Limit Alcohol to Lower Cancer Risk

Having one drink at a party isn’t likely to cause you much harm. But routinely having more than 1 or 2 drinks per day could raise your cancer risk.

World Health Organization Says Cell Phones a Possible Cause of Cancer

The International Agency for Research on Cancer has concluded that using cell phones may possibly cause cancer.

Major Study Complicates Debate over Cell Phone Use and Cancer Risk

Results from a major international study released Monday do not establish a definitive link between cell phone use and cancer, but they don’t rule one out, either.

ACS Report Addresses Environmental Pollutants and Cancer Risk

In a new report published online today in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, a scientific advisory subcommittee of the American Cancer Society (ACS) clarified the Society's role in addressing the relationship between environmental pollutants and cancer risk.

More Research on Cell Phone Safety Needed, Experts Say

Is there a link between cell phone use and cancer?

TNF Blockers May Increase Lymphoma Risk in Kids

Kids and teens treated with drugs called tumor necrosis factor (TNF) blockers may be at an increased risk for lymphoma and other cancers, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which is updating black box warnings for the drugs.

E-Cigarettes Contain Toxins, FDA Analysis Shows

Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, contain carcinogens and toxic chemicals, according to a new analysis by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Eating Charred, Well-done Meat May Increase Pancreatic Cancer Risk

Eating charred, well-done meat on a regular basis may increase your risk of pancreatic cancer by up to 60%, according to findings from a University of Minnesota study presented this week at the annual American Association of Cancer Research (AACR) meeting in Denver, Colorado.

Even Moderate Alcohol Use Increases Risk of Certain Cancers in Women

There's a lot of buzz about the health benefits associated with having a glass or two of red wine a day.

Non-melanoma Skin Cancer Linked to Risk of Other Cancers

A study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute found that people with a history of basal or squamous cell skin cancer (also known as non-melanoma skin cancer) were at an increased risk of developing other cancers later on.

Federal Report Looks at Risks from Plastics Chemical

The US National Toxicology Program (NTP) recently released its final report on the potential negative health effects of bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical widely used in consumer plastic products.

Study Sees Link Between Vitamin D, Breast Cancer Prognosis

A new study suggests breast cancer patients might fare worse if they don't have enough vitamin D in their blood.

Hairdressers and Barbers May Be At Increased Cancer Risk

Regular exposure to hair dyes, processing agents, and other chemicals used in hair salons and barbershops probably increases cancer risk, according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a World Health Organization panel that maintains the world's most commonly-used system for classifying carcinogens.

How Much Do You Know About Cancer Risk Factors?

Which is more likely to give you lung cancer, inhaling polluted city air every day, or smoking a pack of cigarettes a day?