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High-grade cervical lesions declining in young women

A decrease in cervical lesions among young women in the United States has been observed, but the cause for this drop is not proven.

Blood antibodies may predict survival of HPV-positive oropharyngeal cancer

The presence of certain human papillomavirus (HPV)-16 antibodies in the blood is associated with improved survival rates for patients with HPV-related oropharyngeal carcinoma.

Avocados may hold the answer to beating leukemia

Avocados may hold the answer to beating leukemia

Can molecules derived from avocados be used as a tool to combat leukemia?

Obesity associated with increased breast cancer risk in postmenopausal women

Clinical trial data suggests that postmenopausal women of above-average weight have an increased risk of breast cancer.

Genetic variants key to understanding origins of ovarian cancer

The discovery of three genetic variants associated with mucinous ovarian carcinomas (MOCs) offers the first evidence of genetic susceptibility in this type of ovarian cancer.

Almost half of deaths from 12 cancers in adults are attributable to cigarette smoking

Researchers estimate that 48.5% of the nearly 346,000 deaths from 12 cancers among adults 35 years and older in 2011 were attributable to cigarette smoking, according to a newly published study.

Rabbit virus improves bone marrow transplants and kills some cancer cells

Researchers have discovered that a rabbit virus can deliver a one-two punch, killing some kinds of cancer cells while eliminating a common and dangerous complication of bone marrow transplants.

Increasing percentages of patients undergoing breast-conserving therapy

The percentage of patients with early stage breast cancer undergoing breast-conserving therapy (BCT) increased from 54.3% in 1998 to 60.1% in 2011, according to a recent report. Notably, nonclinical factors including socioeconomic demographics, insurance, and the distance patients must travel to treatment facilities persist as key barriers to the treatment.

ALK1 protein may play a role in breast cancer metastasis

Breast cancer patients with high levels of the protein activin-like receptor kinase (ALK1) in the blood vessels of their tumors were more likely to develop metastatic disease, according to a new study. This makes inhibition of the ALK1 pathway a possible new target for the treatment of metastatic breast cancer.

Follow-up PET/CT more than 95% sensitive for non-Hodgkin lymphoma

BALTIMORE, MD—For more aggressive cases of non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL), posttreatment surveillance with molecular imaging could mean the early start of a new, life-saving treatment. This was presented at the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) 2015 Annual Meeting.

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