Cancer & Metastasis Current Global News

Eating When You Have No Appetite

Cancer Latest News - Thu, 11/02/2017 - 10:55
During treatment for cancer, eating right is important. Some people continue to enjoy food and have a normal appetite throughout their treatment. Others have days when they don’t feel like eating.

New Device Aims to Use Light to Predict How Well Chemotherapy Treats Breast Cancer

Cancer Latest News - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 14:10
Darren Roblyer, PhD, and his research team at Boston University use optical imaging, specifically diffuse optical spectroscopy (DOS), to study how well chemotherapy works before surgery in women with early stage breast cancer. Their work is supported by a grant from the American Cancer Society.

FDA Approves Yescarta (Axicabtagene Ciloleucel) for Adults with Certain Lymphomas

Cancer Latest News - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 13:21
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Yescarta (axicabtagene ciloleucel) to treat adults with certain types of large B-Cell lymphoma.

Study: Even a Little Walking May Help You Live Longer

Cancer Latest News - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 07:58
A study led by American Cancer Society researchers has found that even low levels of walking are linked with lower mortality, which means walking may help people live longer.

Study: Lack of Insurance Linked to Higher Breast Cancer Death Rates in Black Women

Cancer Latest News - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 16:01
Differences in health insurance are a main reason why black women are more likely to die from breast cancer, according to a new study from researchers at the American Cancer Society, Emory University in Atlanta, and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.

How to Handle Fatigue

Cancer Latest News - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 12:17
Fatigue is more than just tiredness. It’s an overwhelming lack of energy that keeps you from doing your regular activities. Find out if you have fatigue and how to manage it.

A Whole Lot About Whole Grains

Cancer Latest News - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 12:04
Nutritionists say you should make whole grains at least half the grains you eat. We’ll tell you how to read labels and make simple choices to add whole grains to your diet.

Cáncer de Seno Claro y Sencillo: Breast Cancer Book Now Available in Spanish

Cancer Latest News - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 13:40
A trusted, easy-to-read source for answers about breast cancer written by the experts at the American Cancer Society is now available in Spanish.

Breast Cancer Survivor Stays Active

Cancer Latest News - Wed, 10/11/2017 - 10:15
Breast cancer survivor SueAnn Smith calls herself a “strong and feisty lady.” At age 64, she walks 4 miles a day, works out in the gym, and stays at a healthy weight.

Behind the numbers: cancers associated with obesity

ACS Pressroom - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 12:41

A report out today had a lot of us scratching our heads, when it said that about 630,000 people in the U.S. were diagnosed with a cancer associated with overweight and obesity in 2014.

That sounds awfully high, we thought.

It went on to say more than half, 55 percent of all cancers diagnosed in women and about one in four, 24 percent of those diagnosed in men are associated with overweight and obesity.

Now you got our attention.

We asked Farhad Islami, MD PhD, strategic director of cancer surveillance research to have a look. And it turns out there was a simple, and important explanation.

“It’s important to note that only a fraction of the cancers included in the calculation in this report are actually caused by excess body weight. For this study, the authors totaled all of the cancers diagnosed in 2014 for 13 types that have been linked to some extent with excess body weight. In other words, the reported number, 631,000 cancer cases representing 40% of all cancers diagnosed, represents all cases among those 13 types, even though not all of those cancers are caused by excess body weight. Many are attributable to other known risk factors, like smoking, while for many others, the cause is unknown. Obesity is more strongly associated with some cancers than others.

Farhad Islami, M.D. Ph.D.

“As far as the actual estimate of the percentage of all cancers associated with obesity: The World Cancer Research Fund estimates that 20% of all cancers in the United States are caused by a combination of excess body weight, physical inactivity, excess alcohol, and poor nutrition. The American Cancer Society is currently doing its own extensive calculation of the numbers and proportions of cancer cases attributable to excess body weight, the results of which will be published soon.”


Colon Cancer Prevention and Early Detection: What You Need to Know

Cancer Latest News - Mon, 09/25/2017 - 19:25
Over the past few decades, more people have been surviving colon cancer, and fewer people have been dying from it.