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The Checkup Archive: Cancer

Could quitting smoking be a symptom of lung cancer?

A provocative, though small, study suggests that the very act of quitting smoking may be a symptom of not-yet-diagnosed lung cancer.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | March 3, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Cancer, Smoking  
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Should e-cigarettes be allowed on planes?

I sympathize with people who get nervous when they fly; I imagine using an e-cigarette might help calm them down. Whether I want to be sitting next to the person "smoking" one is a different question.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | February 28, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Alcohol and Drugs, Cancer, Environmental Toxins, Smoking, Travel Health  
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More questions about cellphone safety

Are cell phones safe? While that question has gotten a lot of attention, so far there has been no convincing evidence that those ubiquitous devices actually cause health problems. However, a new federal study may stir things up further, even though the bottom line again is that it raises more questions than it answers.

By Rob Stein  | February 22, 2011; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Cancer  
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The latest on cellphones and cancer risk

This paper is especially convincing because it accounts for the amount of time between exposure to radiation and the onset of cancer. Assuming it takes 5 to 10 years after exposure for brain cancer to appear, the authors observe, there would have been a rise in the number of such cancer cases in the UK during the years included in the study, as they would reflect exposures occurring between 1990 and 2002.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | February 21, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  Cancer, Prevention  
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Hot flashes, night sweats may reduce breast cancer risk

It sounds too good to be true, but there might be a bright side to the night sweats, hot flashes and other unpleasantries associated with menopause. A new study finds that women who experience such symptoms may be at reduced risk of several common forms of breast cancer.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | January 27, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  breast cancer, Cancer, Reproductive Health, Women's Health, menopause  
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Breast implants linked to rare cancer, FDA says

Breast implants linked to rare lymphoma cancer, FDA says.

By Rob Stein  | January 26, 2011; 2:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  breast cancer, Cancer, FDA, Women's Health, medical devices  
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Exercise may extend life after prostate cancer diagnosis, Jennifer LaRue Huget , January 6, 2011
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GERD and esophageal cancer: 5 things you should know, Jennifer LaRue Huget , December 20, 2010
GERD and esophageal cancer, Jennifer LaRue Huget , December 14, 2010
Is that right? Aspirin reduces cancer risk?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , December 10, 2010
Life expectancy drops in U.S., Rob Stein , December 9, 2010
New tobacco warnings from surgeon general, Rob Stein , December 9, 2010
New vitamin D recommendations, Rob Stein , November 30, 2010
Medicare panel eyes cancer vaccine, Rob Stein , November 17, 2010
New study questions mammograms, Rob Stein , September 23, 2010
Smoking rate decline stalls, Rob Stein , September 7, 2010
Study: Prophylactic surgeries protect women, Rob Stein , August 31, 2010
The haze surrounding medical marijuana, Jennifer LaRue Huget , August 30, 2010
Do cell phone towers cause cancer?, Rob Stein , June 23, 2010
AMA urges sunscreen for everyone, regardless of skin tone, Jennifer LaRue Huget , June 17, 2010
Wikipedia cancer info. passes muster, Jennifer LaRue Huget , June 3, 2010
Is that right? An extra 10 pounds won't hurt, might help?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , April 30, 2010
Is that right? Buying KFC buckets fights breast cancer?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , April 23, 2010
Young Americans getting fat faster, Jennifer LaRue Huget , April 8, 2010
Diabetes raises cancer-surgery death , Jennifer LaRue Huget , March 29, 2010
Coffee's clean bill of health, Jennifer LaRue Huget , March 15, 2010
Aspirin may help save breast cancer patients , Rob Stein , February 16, 2010
Study: Soda drinkers at increased risk of pancreatic cancer, Jennifer LaRue Huget , February 8, 2010
Genetic screening: Can we handle the truth?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , January 18, 2010
New evidence against cell-phone/brain tumor link, Jennifer LaRue Huget , December 3, 2009
More worrisome mammogram news, Rob Stein , December 2, 2009
More fodder for the fat-but-healthy debate, Jennifer LaRue Huget , November 5, 2009
Patrick Swayze and Pancreatic Cancer, Jennifer LaRue Huget , September 15, 2009
Does Infection Boost Prostate Cancer Risk?, Rob Stein , September 10, 2009
Prostate Cancer Caused By a Virus?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , September 8, 2009
Prostate Cancer Screening's Toll, Rob Stein , September 3, 2009
Beware the CT Scan?, Rob Stein , August 27, 2009
Is That Right? Cancer Society Birthday Cake, Jennifer LaRue Huget , August 14, 2009
Peter Tork's Cancer, In His Own Words, Jennifer LaRue Huget , July 1, 2009
A Former Monkee with Cancer, Jennifer LaRue Huget , June 22, 2009
Will Men Get Gardasil? , Rob Stein , June 4, 2009
Mysterious Missing Fingerprints, Rob Stein , May 28, 2009
Here Comes the Sun. And the Sunscreen., Jennifer LaRue Huget , May 12, 2009
PSA Testing Gets A Boost, Rob Stein , April 30, 2009
Running with Cancer, Jennifer LaRue Huget , April 24, 2009
Pancreatic Cancer News You Can't Use, Jennifer LaRue Huget , March 13, 2009
Another Good Reason to Exercise, Jennifer LaRue Huget , February 13, 2009
New Test for Prostate Cancer?, Rob Stein , February 12, 2009
Green Tea Setback?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , February 9, 2009
To Protect Kids From Melanoma, Skip the Shore Vacation?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , February 6, 2009
How Risky Are Hormones?, Rob Stein , February 5, 2009
Colonoscopy Still Saves Lives, Jennifer LaRue Huget , December 17, 2008
Does Breast Cancer Go Away?, Rob Stein , November 27, 2008
Giving Pancreatic Cancer its Due, Jennifer LaRue Huget , November 10, 2008
Cancer Screening: Me Vs. the Big Picture, Jennifer LaRue Huget , August 11, 2008
Countertops, Cellphones and Cancer Risk, Jennifer LaRue Huget , July 25, 2008
Prostate Cancer Treatment Questioned, Rob Stein , July 10, 2008
Does Gum Disease Cause Cancer?, Rob Stein , May 29, 2008
Pancreatic Cancer: Is the Money Where the Mouths Are?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , April 16, 2008
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