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Cancer

Female smokers should consider colon cancer risk

Smoking is a recently established risk factor for colon cancer, especially for women − even when they smoke less than half as much as men.

New imaging technique predicts efficiency of cancer treatment

Scientists have found a new method for assessing whether aggressive brain cancer can be treated with drugs. With the new technique, pictures of the chaotic network of blood vessels in tumours can reveal whether the patient will live longer with treatment.

Key mechanism in essential enzyme uncovered

Scientists know that when certain steroids bind to the essential enzyme known as the sodium pump, it can both kill and cure. Now they have also solved the mystery of how this molecular binding occurs.

A new way of making complex anticancer compound

Ingenol, a substance known for its anticancer potential, has so far been extracted from plants, but now scientists have achieved the first efficient chemical synthesis of the substance.

Sunscreen from fjord bacteria

A microorganism living in a fjord in Norway will provide you with better protection against skin cancer and malignant melanomas.

Even little air pollution raises cancer risks

Air pollution, even in concentrations below EU limits, increases the risk of lung cancer.

Cancer enzymes are smarter than we thought

Scientists have discovered a previously unknown ability in some enzymes, which can cause cancer to spread if they are unbalanced. The discovery of this function may be crucial to more effective treatment, says researcher.

New cancer drug looks promising in human trials

Initial human trials of a new Danish-American cancer drug reveal encouraging results.

Breasts make life better

Women who have had one or both breasts removed surgically because of cancer are far happier if they have their breasts reconstructed, new study shows.

When bone-eating cells gain the upper hand

Advanced osteoporosis is often the most severe sequela, or resulting condition, of plasma cell cancer. Abnormally functioning stem cells are a key causal factor.