New Study Looks at Cancer “Alarm” Symptoms

People ignoring potential cancer symptoms

A new study has taken a look at the number of people who attribute cancer symptoms to another less dangerous illness. By attributing the symptoms to a less dangerous illness, cancer diagnosis is delayed. The study, entitled “Attributions of Cancer ‘Alarm’ Symptoms in a Community Sample“, looked at potential cancer symptoms experienced by 1,724 people […]

New Home Testing Kit for Colon Cancer

Cologard Colon Cancer Test

In most cases, the earlier you detect cancer, the greater your chances of survival. In recent years a number of devices have been designed to help people regularly test for cancer in their own homes. One such device is the “Cologuard” test kit that checks for the presence of colon cancer. The test looks at […]

Genetic Testing For Breast Cancer

Protein BRCA1 Breast Cancer Risk

The role of the BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations in increasing breast cancer risk is now well known. More women are interested in having a test to determine if they carry the gene mutations. Should you get tested? The women who are most at risk of carrying the gene mutation have a family history of […]

New Technology to Test For Cancer With a Single Drop of Blood

Miriam, microRNA cancer detection device

A simple 3-D printed device my be leading the way in cancer detection in the coming decades. “Miriam” is a device that can detect the presence of several different cancer from a single drop of blood. The best part is that the device only costs $500 to make! Currently, most forms of cancer detection are […]

How Scientists Used Shrimp to Help Detect Cancer

Mantis shrimp cancer detection

It seems like a strange concept, using the biological advantages that a sea shrimp has to create tools for detecting cancer. But that is just what researchers at the University of Queensland are looking into. The mantis shrimp has a unique ability that allows it to detect polarized light. The ability allows it to better […]

New Biomarker Discovered for Breast Cancer

p66ShcA Biomarker for Breast Cancer

Researchers have discovered a protein which may be able to act as a biomarker for the most dangerous forms of breast cancer. The protein p66ShcA, has higher expression levels in metastatic breast cancers. By detecting this protein, doctors will be able to determine if the breast cancer has started to spread. The research was published […]

Spotting Skin Cancer

Skin Cancer Avoidance

For people who have any kind of sun exposure, the skin cancer foundation recommends that you have a head to toe self examination every month. However for many people, the main reminder they have to check for skin cancer is the start of summer as they squeeze into their swimsuits again and take a look […]

Dogs Detecting Prostate Cancer

Dogs Detecting Prostate Cancer

In an interesting new study, trained dogs have demonstrated they can detect the presence of prostate cancer in a person by smelling their urine with 98% accuracy! The study is about to be presented at the annual meeting of the American Urological Association in Orlando. The lead author of the paper, Dr. Gianluigi Taverna says: […]

Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month!

Exercise to Avoid Cancer

Dr Rebecca Moss has written a fantastic article for Slate magazine, aimed at raising awareness for one of the most preventable forms of cancer, colorectal cancer. Dr Moss specializes in gastrointestinal cancers at the research level so has a professional understanding of the cause, symptoms, diagnosis and prognosis of the disease. Her advice is thorough […]

Researchers Find Link Between Dense Breast Tissue and Cancer

Breast Cancer Prevention

In new research, academics at the University of Manchester have explained exactly why having dense breast tissue increases the risk of developing breast cancer. The research team was working in conjunction with teams in the USA and Cyprus on the research, and was partially funded by breast cancer charities in the UK. Professor Michael Lisanti, […]