When a person receives a cancer diagnosis, his first reaction is often to find a reason why. He may blame himself, others, an environmental factor, or a bad habit. This behavior can lead to misplaced feelings of guilt or shame. However, the majority of cancer cases may simply be the result of random DNA mutations, say researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
By: Paul Ossi, M.D. -- By identifying biomarkers, doctors are better able to detect cancers in their early stages, classify tumors, and select appropriate therapy options. Biomarkers also allow patients with a family history of inherited cancers to better manage their cancer risk.
By: Karen Ambrosio, Oncology Wellness Specialist -- For many of us, the New Year presents new opportunities to improve our quality of life. Forty-five percent of Americans will make resolutions in 2015 in hopes of working towards a longer and happier life. The relationship between healthy lifestyle choices and chronic disease prevention is well-known. Moreover, recent studies have linked poor lifestyle choices with genetic aging due to telomere unraveling.
By: Scot Ackerman, M.D. -- The FDA has now granted approval for Gardasil 9, a new vaccine that offers expanded protection against HPV. In addition to the four types of HPV covered by Gardasil, the new vaccine is also effective in preventing high-risk HPV types 31, 33, 45, 52, and 58.