Is Childhood Cancer Preventable?

Cancer is a group of more than 100 diseases caused by the cells in a person’s body multiplying out of control. Cancer is separated into different types depending on what sort of cell it originated from (blood, brain, lung…) and if it invaded nearby body parts (a tumour) or spread to other organs (metastasis).

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Busting 5 “Cancer-Cause” Myths

In the “connected” world in which we live today, online information abounds. The problem is that not everything that is posted online is true, and this can lead to a lot of dis-information and even panic. It therefore behooves one to ensure that any information one reads comes from a trustworthy source. Last week we […]

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Breakthrough in Understanding Common Childhood Cancer

Scientists studying one of the most common forms of childhood cancer have made an important breakthrough in understanding how the disease progresses. Neuroblastoma is a rare type of cancer of the nervous system that mainly affects babies and young children. It often begins in the adrenal gland but in around half of cases the condition […]

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Prevalent Form of Childhood Leukaemia May Be Preventable

Early exposure to common microbes could stop leukemia from manifesting in children An analysis of more than 30 years of research has revealed the underlying cause of the most common form of leukemia in children. Research compiled in Nature Reviews Cancer on May 21, 2018 suggests that acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) occurs by a two-step […]

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Seeking a Better Global Solution for Childhood Cancer

For years, treating childhood cancer has not been a top health priority in many countries, especially those with scarce resources and competing health problems. Medical experts, health care researchers and government policymakers have believed that the number of children fighting cancer is smaller than other illnesses striking youth. Health care experts have also believed that the […]

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Leukaemia Drug May Help Treating Childhood Brain Cancer

Researchers describe a new use of leukaemia drug, nilotinib, to treat a subtype of medulloblastoma, a deadly paediatric brain cancer. According to a multi-institutional team led by researchers at Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at University of California San Diego, medication used to treat chronic myeloid leukemia could be more effective at stopping […]

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Female Childhood Cancer Survivors @ Risk for Breast Cancer

Depending on their treatment, childhood survivors of cancer may be more likely to have breast cancer in adulthood, a new retrospective study discovered. According to the report, the association lies in the use of combination anthracyclines and radiotherapy to treat the pediatric cancer. Female survivors of childhood cancer who have been treated with high doses […]

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Risk Factors and Causes of Childhood Cancer

A risk factor is anything that increases the chances of getting a disease such as cancer. Different cancers have different risk factors. Lifestyle and Environmental Risk Factors In adults, lifestyle-related risk factors, such as smoking, being overweight, not getting enough exercise, eating an unhealthy diet, and drinking alcohol play a major role in many types of […]

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How do Cancer Cells Remain Dormant for Many Years?

It’s an unfortunate fact that, despite apparently successful treatment, cancer can sometimes come back many years after diagnosis. And this could be because some cancer cells enter into a hibernation-like state, called ‘dormancy’. “What it means for a cell to be dormant is essentially that it’s not dividing,” says Dr Simon Buczacki, a bowel cancer […]

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