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Men who opt to just have their prostate cancer monitored are living as long as those who instead choose aggressive treatment—and they’re also enjoying a better quality of life, new research has discovered.
Chemotherapy is killing up to half of all breast and lung cancer patients within the first month of treatment—although the drug is never cited as the cause of death, the first-ever study into the lethal effects of the drug has discovered.
The Epstein-Barr virus—one of the most common infections in the world—seems to increase the risk for several cancers, including breast cancer. The virus changes cells in the breast that could lead to cancer decades later, scientists surmise.
Heart disease and stroke isn’t only a disease of the West—the problem is now an epidemic in China, and its prevalence is similar to that in the USA. It affected just 7 per cent of the population 20 years ago, but today one in three adult Chinese suffers from the disease.
We all know we’re more likely to live longer if we have good genes—but now researchers have put some numbers to it. For each decade your parents made it past their 70s, for instance, you’re seven per cent less likely to die from cancer and your risk of dying from heart disease is 20 per cent lower.
If you’re suffering through the menopause, think twice before you turn to HRT (hormone replacement therapy): it really does increase your risk of breast cancer. Women who take it for a long time triple their risk, a major new study has discovered.
Eating nuts is good for us, as we all know—and now researchers have discovered just why. Nuts seem to reduce levels of inflammation, a problem that has been associated with a range of chronic health problems, from heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and some cancers.
Eating processed and red meats could take years off your life—if you also smoke, drink too much, get no exercise or are overweight, a major new study has found. The risk disappears if you are a meat-eater who also has a healthy lifestyle.