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Australian scientists develop ‘world first’ melanoma blood test

Sydney -- Australian researchers said Wednesday they have developed a blood test for melanoma in its early stages, calling it a "world first" breakthrough...

Gene test shows more breast cancer patients can skip chemo

Tampa, United States -- The majority of women with a common form of breast cancer may be able to skip chemotherapy after surgery, based...

How to beat colorectal cancer

By Dr. Jun R. Ruiz THE WORLD celebrates Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month this month of March. This is an awareness campaign to promote colorectal cancer...

Spotlight on cancer

FOUR FILIPINOS die of cancer every hour, almost 100 every day. According to the Department of Health, the most common cancers among Filipino men...

BSP governor recovering from cancer

Philippine central bank Governor Nestor A. Espenilla, Jr. said he’s recovering from early stage tongue cancer diagnosed in November, assuring that it won’t distract...

A game-changing cancer treatment

Parkway Cancer Centre in Singapore’s Dr. Richard Quek talks about cancer immunotherapy Cancer is one of the greatest causes of health burden all over the world....

From Black Eyed Peas star to cancer survivor

MEXICO CITY — Jaime Luis “Jimmy” Gomez, better known as the rapper Taboo from The Black Eyed Peas, had money, fame and a multi-platinum...

Gum disease linked to higher cancer risk in women

MIAMI — Women who have a history of gum disease face a higher risk of several types of cancer, particularly tumors in the esophagus...

Modest weight gain in adulthood boosts disease risk

MIAMI -- Most adults gain weight as they age, but adding as little as 11 pounds (five kilograms) by middle age may substantially raise...

A different kind of freedom

Medicine Cabinet Teodoro B. Padilla (Second of two parts) A SIGNATURE drive launched on Independence Day continues to gain ground with the hope of attaining a...

Cardinal Santos’ new PET/CT scanner to improve cancer care

CARDINAL SANTOS Medical Center (CSMC) recently unveiled its newest diagnostic instrument — the Discovery PET/CT 710 scanner — meant to up the standard of...

Colorectal cancer screening saves lives

By Dr. Jun R. Ruiz MARCH is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. This is an important campaign as colorectal cancer (CRC) is the third most common...

Probes help surgeons detect cancer cells

PARIS — Nanoscale fluorescent probes that switch on in the presence of cancer cells helped surgeons remove tumors in mice without harming healthy tissue,...

Reports warn of explosion in cancer deaths among women

PARIS -- Two reports have warned of an explosion in cancer deaths among women, with a toll, mainly from breast cancer, of some 5.5...

Very hot drinks ‘probably’ cause cancer: UN body

PARIS — Drinking very hot beverages “probably” causes cancer of the esophagus, the UN’s cancer agency said on Wednesday, while lifting suspicion from coffee...

Precision medicine can widen cancer care options

CHICAGO -- Results of several clinical trials released on Sunday show the revolutionary potential of immunotherapy in treating advanced cases of hard to treat...

Success with immunotherapy in handling hard to treat cancer

CHICAGO -- Using a patient’s individual tumor biomarkers to determine the best treatment can improve success rates, studies showed on Saturday. Unlike chemotherapy and radiation...

Simple blood tests can help detect, target cancer: study

CHICAGO -- Blood samples can be just as effective as invasive tissue biopsies in monitoring cancer and can help doctors better prescribe treatment, a...

New treatment for lung and skin cancers ‘better’ than chemo

By Nickky Faustine P. de Guzman A NEW DRUG is now available in the Philippines that can treat advanced skin and lung cancers, better than...

Men face higher risk of cancers linked to oral sex

WASHINGTON — Men are twice as likely as women to get cancer of the mouth and throat linked to the human papillomavirus, or HPV,...

US guidelines urge breast cancer screening from age 50

MIAMI — Women 50 and older should get a mammogram to screen for breast cancer every two years, while women in their 40s should...

Antioxidants speed up cancer spread in mice: US scientists

PARIS — Antioxidant supplements that are supposed to boost health and slow ageing could in fact spur the spread of melanoma, the deadliest type...

Liver cancer must be dealt with

Medicine Cabinet By Reiner W. Gloor THE number of Filipinos dying due to liver cancer may double in the coming years from the present average figure...