Cancer Risks/Causes

The Link Between Alcohol and Cancer

Most people know that drinking too much alcohol can lead to health problems. But not everyone knows that one of those health problems may be cancer.

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

Coffee may help women lower their risk of endometrial cancer (cancer of the lining of the uterus) according to new research.

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.