Low Rates of Cancer Screening in Women With Diabetes

Because high blood insulin and insulin resistance are associated with increased cancer risk, cancer screening is especially important in patients with diabetes. However, a recent study has found that women with diabetes underutilize screening for breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer.Cancer screening has been shown to decrease the risk of death by up to 33% for breast cancer, 70% for cervical cancer, and 37% for colorectal cancer. By enabling early detection and treatment before the disease ha...
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Emergency Departments’ Cancer Expertise Level Predicts Patient Outcomes

Cancer patients are frequent visitors of the emergency department for a myriad of cancer-related reasons, and several external factors can help predict patient outcomes. Researchers discovered that patients with cancer seeking emergency cancer-related treatment receive better outcomes when seen at a care facility with cancer expertise. In addition, they found that cancer expertise of an institution is more indicative of patient outcomes than continuity of care.In this study, published in Canadia...
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CRISPR-Cas9 Technology Used to Understand Glioblastoma

The most common type of primary malignant brain tumor in adults, glioblastoma is also one of the deadliest cancers, with a median survival rate of 10 to 14 months. Until recently, understanding of glioblastoma growth and survival was limited. Now, scientists report that "reverse engineering" glioblastoma stem cells gene by gene using CRISPR-Cas9 unveiled multiple therapeutic targets to combat treatment resistance, including the SOX transcription factor family."We think that, in one big experimen...
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Psychiatric History Prior to Cancer Diagnosis: Red Flag

A new study shows that patients utilizing psychiatric services prior to cancer diagnosis are at a higher risk of dying from cancer compared with patients with no psychiatric history prior to cancer diagnosis."We think this means mental health may play a larger role in cancer outcomes than previously thought. Major depression and stress may affect our body's immune surveillance systems, effectively hampering the ability to detect and fight cancer. A recent psychiatric history should be a red flag...
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