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Processed foods like sliced bread may contribute to cancer risk: study

NEWS DESK: “Ultra-processed” foods including sugary breakfast cereals, chicken nuggets, pizza and pre-sliced bread may increase the risk of cancer, a study has claimed, reported The Independent. Fast foods and ready meals amount for 50 per cent of the average person’s diet in some developed countries and could be contributing to rising cancer levels, researchers…

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Watch out if you are fond of cookies and fizzy drinks

PARIS: Scientists suggested on Thursday a link between cancer and “ultra-processed” foods such as cookies, fizzy drinks and sugary cereals, though outside experts cautioned against reading too much into the study results. Researchers from France and Brazil used data from nearly 105,000 French adults who completed online questionnaires detailing their intake of 3,300 different food…

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Drinking hot tea can increase risk of esophageal cancer: Study

ISLAMABAD: Smokers and drinkers should avoid hot tea as it can increase the risk of esophageal cancer, said a study. According to the study published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine, the cancer, which starts in the esophagus, was already known to be linked to smoking, but those risks are heightened by the addition…

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Video: Here are some things you should know about cancer

NEWS DESK: Today is World Cancer Day. Here are some things you should know about how to battle cancer and save yourself. Watch here:

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Pakistan registers 148,000 new cases of cancer every year: experts

KARACHI: Pakistan with about 148,000 new cases of cancer annually can benefit from new research into the molecular structure and genetic make-up of tumors paving way for more targeted cancer treatment, said experts attending the 3rd Annual Surgical Meeting Surgical Oncology – Evidence and Practice at Aga Khan University here Friday. The conference organized in…

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Battling cancer: Rate of survival improves worldwide

PARIS: Cancer survival is increasing across the world but large gaps endure between nations, while some cancers remain hard to treat everywhere, according to a major review released Wednesday. The progress, and the gap, are especially large for childhood cancers, according to the CONCORD-3 study covering 71 nations and 18 types of cancer, published in…

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Ban enforced on sale of chalia in Punjab

Punjab Food Authority (PFA) has enforced a complete ban on the purchase and sale of Chalia (betelnuts) in the province. The department has stated that chalia is the reason of mouth and throat cancer.

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‘People consuming milk of cancer-affected cattle’

KARACHI: Dairy and Cattle Farmers Association President Shakir Umar Gujjar has said that hormone-enhancing injection being used for increasing the production of milk in cattle is causing cancer among animals. While speaking to Samaa, he said the injecting companies had misguided the cattle farmers about the use of injections which have caused cancer and other…

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Women who work nights face higher cancer risk: study

NEWS DESK: Women who regularly work the night shift in Europe and North America may face a 19 percent higher risk of cancer than those who work during the day, said a study Monday, reported AFP. These heightened risks were not apparent among female night-shift workers in Australia and Asia, said the meta-analysis in the…

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Facebook suspended account of man who shared photo of dying wife to warn others of cancer

NEWS DESK: Facebook allegedly suspended the account of a husband whose wife died of cervical cancer due to “suspicious activity” surrounding his viral post, reported The Independent. A few days ago, Elliott Lowe wrote a lengthy post about his wife Donna, who sadly passed away from cervical cancer earlier this year. Lowe urged his readers…

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This woman gave birth to cancerous mass after believing she was pregnant

NEWS DESK: A mum-of-two was forced to ‘give birth’ to a cancerous mass after she discovered that her pregnancy bump was actually cancer, reported The Independent. Lauren Knowles, 27, from Aberdeen in Scotland, was heartbroken when she discovered that her unborn baby was a deadly disease. When she went for a scan at seven and…

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In US, 57 percent of kids on track for obesity by 35: study

MIAMI: More than 57 percent of children in the United States will be obese by age 35 if current trends in weight gain and poor eating habits continue, researchers warned Wednesday. The risk of obesity is high even among children whose present weight is normal, said the report in the New England Journal of Medicine….

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Diabetes, obesity behind 800,000 cancers worldwide: study

PARIS: Nearly six percent of new cancers diagnosed worldwide in 2012 — some 800,000 cases — were caused by diabetes and excess weight, according to a study published Tuesday. Among the 12 types of cancer examined, the percentage of cases chalked up to these factors was as high as a third, researchers reported in The…

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Common painkiller could slow cancer growth

ISLAMABAD: Scientists have found that one of the most widely prescribed pain and anti-inflammation drugs has potential to slow the growth of cancer. The study, showed that the drug slows the growth rate of a specific kind of cancer in animal models and suggests the medication could have the same effect on other types of…

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Sin causes cancer, says Indian health minister

GUWAHATI: A state health minister in India has kicked up a storm with his remarks that some people suffer from life-threatening diseases such as cancer because of sins committed in the past, a media report said The comments sparked sharp reactions in the political circles and among cancer patients. “God makes us suffer when we…

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16-year-old blood cancer patient awaits for donations to seek treatment

ISLAMABAD: 16-year-old blood cancer patient Feseeha is direly in need of funds for her CAR-T cell therapy which is only possible in the United States. According to details, Feseeha has been suffering from blood cancer for the past two years. The good news is that she can be treated for her ailment. The bad news…

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Cancer – The Battle We Never Choose

“There is no hope unmingled with fear, no fear unmingled with hope.” – Baruch Spinoza Dealing with emotions and honoring your feelings may not be easy at first when you come to know that someone you know has Cancer. ‘Cancer’ – a disease caused by the growth of abnormal cells in any part of the…

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Here are the health benefits of pumpkin

NEWS DESK: Pumpkins are part of the squash family and they are usually large, round and vibrant orange with a slightly ribbed, tough and smooth outer skin. Inside the pumpkin are the seeds and flesh. According to BBC Good Food, when cooked, the whole pumpkin is edible – the skin, pulp and seeds – you…

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California judge tosses $417 million talc cancer verdict against Johnson & Johnson

NEWS DESK: A California judge on Friday threw out a $417 million verdict against Johnson & Johnson (JNJ.N) in a lawsuit by a woman who claimed she developed ovarian cancer after using its talc-based products like Johnson’s Baby Powder for feminine hygiene, reported Reuters. The ruling by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Maren Nelson marked…

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Can even moderate drinking increase the risk of cancer?

NEWS DESK: Alcohol may be a social lubricant but WHO and Public Health England say it can cause cancer, reported The Guardian. Last week the alcohol industry was accused of downplaying the link between alcohol and the increased risk of seven cancers: mouth, throat, oesophagus, liver, breast, rectum and colon. A research paper in Drug…

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More than half of cancer drugs may not work, study suggests

NEWS DESK: A number of cancer drugs entered the European market “without evidence of benefit on survival or quality of life”, researchers have said, reported The Independent. All new cancer drugs are given Europe-wide market approval through the European Medicines Agency (EMA). But a new study, published in The British Medical Journal (BMJ), found that…

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