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May 24, 2005

Hair Dye and Cancer Risk

The millions of people with faux hair color can breathe a sigh of relief: New research from Spain suggests that hair dye does not appear to increase the risk of cancer. (Forbes)

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Pomegranate Juice for Prostate Cancer

In men with recurrent prostate cancer, drinking 8 ounces per day of pomegranate juice significantly increases the time it takes for prostate specific antigen (PSA) levels to rise. (Reuters)

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May 19, 2005

New Blood Test for Prostate Cancer

A new blood test that detects early prostate cancer antigen (EPCA) promises to be a "powerful complement" to standard prostate specific antigen (PSA) testing for identifying patients with prostate cancer, researchers report. (Reuters)

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Sigmoidoscopy Misses Growths in Women

A widely used screening tool for colon cancer, sigmoidoscopy, misses precancerous growths in almost two-thirds of women - a disturbing failure rate twice as high as the one seen in men, a government-backed study found. (AP Medical)

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May 17, 2005

Pfizer Inc.'s Drug Sutent Improves Stomach Cancer Survival

Pfizer Inc.'s experimental drug Sutent improved survival and reduced tumor growth in patients with a type of stomach cancer, according to a pivotal-stage trial the company unveiled this weekend. (UPMC Cancer Centers)

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May 16, 2005

Jimmy Martin Loses Battle with Bladder Cancer

Jimmy Martin, one of the greatest vocalists in bluegrass, died Saturday in a Nashville hospice where he was battling bladder cancer. He was 77. (Hollywood Reporter)

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Revlimid and Myelodysplastic Syndrome

No one could have been more surprised than the doctors themselves. They were just hoping to relieve the symptoms of a deadly blood disorder and ended up treating the disease itself. (Washington Post)

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May 12, 2005

Smokeless Tobacco Linked to Pancreatic Cancer

Using smokeless tobacco is associated with an increased risk of developing pancreatic cancer, researchers report. (UPMC Cancer Centers)

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Prostate Cancer Surgery Study

A Scandinavian study of an agonizing decision faced by men who have early prostate cancer - whether to have surgery or wait to see if the disease spreads - found that for those under 65, operating clearly saved lives, cutting the death rate by more than half. (AP)

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May 9, 2005

Whiskey and Cancer

Drinking whisky can help protect you against cancer, a conference of international scientists have heard. Researchers have long hailed the anti-cancer properties of red wine due to its antioxidant content, and delegates at the EuroMedLab 2005 conference in Glasgow have now been told that whisky contains significantly higher levels of a powerful antioxidant that kills cancer cells. (Daily News Central)

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