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February 24, 2006

Tea Can Lower Ovarian Cancer Risk

New research supports and expands on previous studies to suggest that a lower risk of ovarian cancer may be as close as your teacup. Among a large group of Swedish women, those who drank at least two cups of tea a day developed 46 percent less ovarian cancer than non-tea drinkers. (MSNBC)

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Virus Found in Prostate Cancer Patients

In a surprising discovery, researchers said Friday they had found a virus in some prostate cancer patients, a finding that opens new research avenues in the most common major cancer among men in the United States. (MSNBC)

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February 16, 2006

Teflon a Likely Carcinogen

A group of scientific advisers to the Environmental Protection Agency voted unanimously Wednesday to approve a recommendation that a chemical used in the manufacture of Teflon and other nonstick and stain-resistant products should be considered a likely carcinogen. (

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February 13, 2006

Study Links Aspartame to Leukemia, Lymphomas, and Tumors

In the study conducted at the Cancer Research Center in Bologna, eight-week-old rats were fed varying amounts of aspartame while the control group remained free of the product. The results were disturbing in that these rats,showed significant evidence of cancers, including leukemia, lymphomas, and tumors in multiple organs. (

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February 9, 2006

Teen Cancer Patient Given 17 Radiation Overdoses

A teenage cancer patient who last week celebrated her recovery from a brain tumour has been told that she was accidentally given 17 potentially fatal radiation overdoses.

Lisa Norris, 15, received an overdose every time she had radiotherapy at a renowned cancer hospital.

The blunders were blamed on human error and it may be several months before she learns how much damage has been done. She may suffer brain damage or paralysis and has been told that the mistake could prove fatal. (Telegraph)

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U.S. Cancer Deaths Down for First Time

No one is declaring victory, but the number of Americans dying from cancer has dropped for the first time, according to a report being released today.

The most recent federal data show that deaths from cancer fell from 557,271 in 2002 to 556,902 in 2003. While it was a decline of only 369, it marked the first documented drop since the government started collecting statistics in 1930. (Washington Post)

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February 2, 2006

Possible Reason for Link Between Meat and Colon Cancer

Scientists said on Tuesday they may have found a reason why eating too much red meat increases the risk of colorectal cancer.

By studying cells from volunteers eating different diets, they discovered that red meat raises levels of compounds in the large bowel, which can alter DNA and increase the likelihood of cancer. (

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February 1, 2006

Prostate Cancer and Omega-6 Fatty Acids Linked

Prostate cancer tumors may get a growth spurt from omega-6 fatty acids, scientists report in Cancer Research.

The typical American diet is high in omega-6 fatty acids, which are found in products including corn oil. (

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