October 31, 2012 |
Low levels of vitamin D in the blood double the risk of developing bladder cancer, Spanish researchers reported Wednesday. The low levels increase the risk of the most aggressive form of the disease almost six-fold, the researchers reported in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Spain has about 11,000 new cases of bladder cancer per year, one of the highest rates in the world. The United States has about 73,500 new cases per year, with nearly 15,000 deaths. It is primarily a disease of the elderly, with nine out of 10 victims over the age of 55. Low levels of vitamin D have previously been linked to increased risk of breast and colon cancer, but no one has studied the potential association with bladder cancer, according to Dr. Nuria Malats, a geneticist at the Spanish National Cancer Research Center.
February 2, 2012 |
The long-debunked idea that abortions can contribute to breast cancer is reappearing amid the outpouring of comments this week on Susan G. Komen for the Cure's decision to stop funding Planned Parenthood breast-health programs. Here's one comment on Komen's Facebook page: "Also! Breast cancer is linked to abortions!!! More and more studied are pointing to abortions for a huge risk factor for BC, why should SGK support something that raises the chances of what they wasn't destroyed?
May 8, 1989 |
Dr. John Roderick Heller Jr., former director of the National Cancer Institute and a former president of the Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, died Thursday at Suburban Hospital outside Washington after a stroke. He was 84. A specialist in cancer research, he directed the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health from 1948 to 1960. He then became president and chief executive officer of the Memorial-Sloan Kettering center. Heller received the Eleanor Roosevelt Cancer Foundation's first annual World Peace Through World Health Award from President John F. Kennedy in 1961.
January 5, 1993 |
Frank J. Rauscher Jr., a former director of the National Cancer Institute who discovered one of the most-studied animal cancer viruses, has died. Rauscher was 61 when he died on Thursday of a heart attack. A scientist for the National Cancer Institute from 1959 to 1976, he was appointed director in 1972 by President Richard M. Nixon to spearhead the Administration's "war on cancer" program.
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August 21, 1989 |
Researchers from the National Cancer Institute report that four fatty substances found in common ocean algae protected cells of the human immune system against attack by the AIDS virus. The extracts, called sulfolipids, come from the membranes of chlorophyll-containing cells and are found in many plants, algae and micro-organisms.
April 27, 1996 |
Cancer rates have increased slightly for black men, still the Americans most likely to get and die of cancer, according to a National Cancer Institute study. The study found that black men had a general cancer rate of 560 cases per 100,000 people and a cancer death rate of 319 per 100,000. Statistics released last year showed a cancer rate of 557 per 100,000 and a cancer death rate of 316 per 100,000 for black males.
October 1, 2005 |
Andrew von Eschenbach, named last week as interim Food and Drug Administration commissioner to replace Lester Crawford, will take a leave of absence from his job as director of the National Cancer Institute, Sen. Barbara Mikulski said. Von Eschenbach also will "refrain from selected FDA activities that may be seen as a conflict of interest," Mikulski, a Maryland Democrat, said in a statement.