We know obesity is bad for health - but most people don’t realise it’s implicated in causing many cancers.
Obesity is linked with a host of health outcomes. Both a disease itself and a risk factor linked to many others, we explore the linkages between obesity and cancer.
Cancer cells, in red, cannibalize a type of stem cell, shown in green. The red cells with small specks of green are breast cancer cells that have “eaten” the stem cell.
After treatment for breast cancer, many women receive the news that they are cancer-free. In many cases, the disease will come back. How and why does that happen? New findings offer an explanation.
Breast cancer is more common in overweight women.
Obesity is one of the factors behind a large rise in cancer rates among women.
There are genetic difference within and between tumors.
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Not only are tumors are different from one another, but there can even be genetic differences within a single tumor.
Advances in breast cancer research in the last decade has introduced new treatment regimes.
The chances of surviving breast cancer are improving everyday due to advanced research and new treatment techniques.
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The case of bovine leukemia virus shows how scientists monitor health risks in our food supply and why it's critical to revisit scientific conclusions when new technologies become available.
Where first is not best.
Until now, the processes that lead some girls to start developing before others have been poorly understood.
Doctors and patients should appreciate the many roles estrogens play in the body.
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Estrogens also have many positive effects on mental health, cognitive function, libido and protection of the brain, possibly even slowing the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.
Many people with cancer feel ashamed and judged by others’ reactions.
People with cancer are exposed to many, often misrepresented, ideas about cancer. These can induce stress and even shame for the sufferer who might feel they've done something wrong.
A cancer patient from Inner Mongolia seeks treatment in Beijing.
Of women who die from cervical cancer, 87% live in poor countries.
It’s normal for breasts to be a little bit lumpy.
Women are told it's important to self-check their breasts. But is this true?
Woman receiving chemotherapy.
New tools help doctors and breast cancer patients decide whether chemotherapy is needed. A recent study suggested that many can forgo chemo. But the decision is complicated. Here's why.
Age-standardised cancer death rates have been falling in Australia.
Currently, seven cancer types are listed in the top 20 causes of death in Australia. These are cancers of the lung, blood and lymph, bowel, prostate, breast, pancreas, skin and some childhood cancers.
We’ve come a long way since the 1950s in our understanding of breast cancer and how to treat it.
New research that more isn't better when it comes to chemotherapy mirrors the evolution of surgery approaches to breast cancer that, a few decades ago, were far more radical than now.
Stigma is likely exacerbated by our many ‘pink’ campaigns to raise breast cancer awareness and improve outcomes for women.
Although breast cancer is usually seen as a woman’s disease, around 145 Australian men were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015, and around 25 died from it.
The cost of cancer drugs is killing patients and it needs to stop
This body map brings together evidence on proven cancer causes. Using credible, scientific sources it answers questions about whether alcohol, red meat or sun exposure increase your cancer risk.
Prolonged periods of stress can aid in the spread of cancer.
Chronic stress accelerates cancer growth in mice, according to a new study, pointing to potential treatment targets to slow the progression of cancer to other organs.
Understanding the DNA of tumours allows researchers to target treatment to each individual.
Personalised medicine is based on the idea that by understanding the specific molecular code of a person’s disease, and particularly its genetic makeup, we can more accurately tailor treatment.
Young women in Kano, northern Nigeria. Access to cancer screening in the region is particularly problematic.
Women in northern Nigeria are not going for cancer screenings early enough. There are myriad social, cultural and economic reasons for this. But early detection would save their lives.