Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer Cells Transformed into Stem Cells via Radiation Treatments

Radiation Therapy

(Best Syndication News) Researchers say that radiation treatments can turn cancer tumor cells into “treatment resistant breast cancer stem cells.”

Researchers from the UCLA Department of Radiation Oncology at the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, say that if they can stop the transformation of these cancer cells into stem cells, radiation treatments could be even more effective.

Although half of the tumor cells are killed-off during radiation treatments, some that remain morph into these stem cells that are resistant to the treatments, according to Dr Frank Pajonk, who is also a scientist with the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine at UCLA.

CDC: Disparities Among Cancer Screening Rates

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(Best Syndication News) The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that cancer-screening rates remain low and below their national targets (see the chart below). In their “Cancer Screening in the United States – 2010 study”, the center found that there was a “significant” disparity among racial and ethnic populations.

The CDC teamed-up with the National Cancer Institute to tabulate screening data from the entire country. The government study found that the national screen rate for breast cancer was 72 percent, below their target rate set at 81 percent.

Arrowhead Regional Medical Center Employees Don Pink Gloves

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(Best Syndication News) Employees at the Arrowhead Regional Medical Center recently wore pink gloves to commemorate Breast Cancer Month. While wearing the gloves, doctors, nurses and administrators of the facility produced a “Pink Glove Dance” video to support breast cancer awareness.

October has been National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) since 1985. The month has been a platform for charities interested in raising money and awareness for breast cancer.

“We felt the video was a fun and creative way to really raise awareness for breast cancer to a high level,” said ARMC Associate Administrator Deborah Pease, who along with employees Staci Chouinard and Kevin Lyons coordinated video production.

Disease Prevention tips on ‘The Dr. Oz Show’

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(Best Syndication News) - Dr. Oz hosted a special ‘Prevention Power Hour’ on his TV show today and said it is never too late to prevent disease. By changing how you do things you can reduce your risk of developing heart disease by up to 80 percent, cancer up to 60 percent, and type 2 diabetes up to 90 percent, he explained. Two doctors join him on the show to explain simple lifestyle changes that can prevent diseases. Later on, Dr. Oz had Health Magazine editor, Frances Largeman-Roth, RD, shared some unique household products that can offer health prevention - all for under $10.

Donald Hensrund, Md, chair Preventive Medicine at the Mayo Clinic and said that preventive medicine, helps people make lifestyle changes to feel better now and live longer.

Cancer Prevention information presented on ‘The Dr. Oz Show’

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(Best Syndication News) - Doctor Mehmet Oz had an informative show about cancer prevention on todays ‘The Dr. Oz Show.’ The first segment of the TV show was called ‘Ask Dr. Oz: Cancer Edition.’ After this question and answer session, he shared about the benefits of vitamin D for preventing cancer.

Doctor Oz explained that 94 percent of the people surveyed either knew someone who had cancer or had cancer themselves. The television show had assembled an expert panel of three people, Doctor Steven Standiford, MD, Doctor Deborah Axelrod, MD, and Registered Dietician, Rachel Beller, who all are involved with treating and consulting with cancer patients.

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