Single PSA test for prostate cancer doesn’t save lives

There’s been debate for years over whether men should have PSA blood testing to screen for prostate cancer.

The problem with intensive PSA testing is that it’s inaccurate and over-detects cancers that won’t kill you, potentially resulting in unnecessary surgery or radiotherapy.

A new study has looked to see if having a single PSA test could make a difference, without the harm. Listen here… 

Cancer Council warns over cancer causing ‘myths’

Deodorant, artificial sweeteners and makeup have all been rumoured to cause cancer but the Cancer Council is warning people not to believe everything you read online, as cancer myths flourish with the growth of online communication.
Director of Education and Research at Cancer Council WA, Terry Slevin, said the council has compiled a list of common cancer myths to address misinformation online.

“The capacity for these myths to be disseminated through the net, whether it’s through mass emails, Facebook and other tools, is a very efficient way of getting stories around,” he said.

Mr Slevin said the myths come about as a …

Scientists link 100 genes to breast cancer

Scientists have linked more than 100 genes to an increased risk of breast cancer – paving the way for more personalised treatments, a study has said.

Scientists have linked more than 100 genes to an increased risk of breast cancer – paving the way for more personalised treatments, a study says.

A team at The Institute of Cancer Research in London identified a “treasure trove” of specific genes involved in raising a woman’s risk of developing the condition.

They also linked 32 genes to the length of time a woman survived the disease.

In the …

9 in every 10 WA women surviving breast cancer: report

Early detection and improved treatments has led to nine in every 10 women diagnosed with breast cancer in Western Australia surviving the disease.

The Cancer Effect: Breast Cancer Relative Survival 1985 – 2014 report, released on Thursday, showed 91.5 per cent of women with breast cancer were alive five years after their diagnosis compared to 74 per cent of women in the 1980s.
The improved figures give Western Australia one of the best survival rates for breast cancer in the world.
In WA, breast cancer is the third most survivable cancer for women behind thyroid (98%) and melanoma (92%). Read more…

How scalp-cooling can improve the mental health of cancer patients by giving them control and privacy

The increasing use of scalp-cooling machines in Australia is being credited with improved mental heath outcomes for cancer patients, allowing many to retain much of their hair despite chemotherapy treatments.
The machines super-cool the scalp and reduce some of the damage to the hair follicle that occurs during chemotherapy.

However, researchers from the University of Sydney said Australia still had a long way to go before use of the ‘cold caps’ reached the same level of the United States and Europe.

Frances Wilson is halfway through her chemotherapy treatment, after successful surgery at Ballarat’s St John of God Hospital following a breast …

Innovative chemo treatment could kill cancer cells without harming the body

Luchiano Mazzuco was just 15 months old when he was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma, a cancer of the nervous system that has a survival rate of only 50 percent.
“We didn’t even realise cancer existed in children. We thought ‘he’s a baby how can he have cancer how did he get cancer’,” his mother, Mariam, told 9NEWS.
o is now in remission after being diagnosed with Neuroblastoma at just 15 months old. (9NEWS)
Eight rounds of chemotherapy saved Luchiano’s life, but left him with hardened arteries, hair loss, a depleted immune system and at high risk of developing a secondary cancer….

A cancer diagnosis can turn someone’s life upside down. That’s why a group of volunteers, known as navigators, have been lending a hand across St George and the Sutherland Shire.

A cancer diagnosis can turn someone’s life upside down.

That’s why a group of volunteers, known as navigators, have been lending a hand across St George and the Sutherland Shire.

The volunteer navigators have been supporting people one-to-one across the region who find themselves alone, or without the support they need, when their world has been turned upside down by a diagnosis.

That includes helping with challenges like paperwork, organising medication to be delivered, organising transport to get to appointments, and co-ordinating and changing appointments.

The CanCare Navigator Program was launched in late 2016 and has now been running for over a year – helping more than 30 people in its first 12 months.

Volunteer navigator Heather …

Mum Credits This Little-Known Trick For Detecting A Cancerous Lump In Her Breast

Jayne Dandy’s life was saved by chance.

The 51-year-old UK woman was scrolling through Facebook when a random post popped up on her timeline. It was a breast check tip that differed from the norm, penned by cancer survivor Hayley Browning and shared by her Weight Watchers coach.

“I’m hoping to share a little trick of mine with as many people as possible,” the post read.

“3 weeks ago, I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. I could only feel the lump whilst lying down and it completely disappeared standing up. Most websites tell you to check for lumps in the shower …

Ovarian cancer patients’ tissue samples to be tested for BRCA gene mutation

Thousands of women diagnosed with ovarian cancer will be tested to see if they are hidden carriers of the gene that can cause the deadly disease.
The Traceback program at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne will test tissue samples of 11,000 women diagnosed between 2001 and 2016 to see if they are carriers of the BRCA gene mutations.

People with BRCA mutations are at an increased risk of breast, ovarian and prostate cancers.

Professor David Bowtell from the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre said at least 1,500 of the women may have unknowingly inherited a BRCA mutation.

“BRCA1 and 2 mutations occur …

Food protein found in asparagus linked to cancer spread

AN amino acid found in a variety of foods including asparagus has been linked to the spread of breast cancer.

A team of international cancer researchers have shown in mice that limiting the consumption of the amino acid called asparagine stopped the spread of triple- negative breast cancer.

Published in medical journal Nature, experts say the study adds to a growing body of evidence that suggests diet can influence the course of the disease.

“The study results are extremely suggestive that changes in diet might impact both how an individual responds to primary therapy and their chances of lethal disease spreading later …

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