11 recent cancer study findings

Here are 11 oncology-related studies Becker's has covered since Sept. 1:

  1. An analysis of two studies published in The BMJ found eating a lot of ultra-processed foods significantly increased the risk of colorectal cancer for men and heart disease for both men and women, CNN reported Sept. 1.
  2. Researchers at Boston-based Brigham and Women's Hospital found early-onset cancers diagnosed before age 50 are on the rise.
  3. Researchers at the Francis Crick Institute in London found a link between pollution and lung cancer, and a possible way to prevent it.
  4. Los Angeles-based Cedars-Sinai researchers found 75 percent of people prefer to do a fecal immunochemical test rather than a colonoscopy to screen for colorectal cancer.
  5. Privately insured patients younger than 65 paid 15 percent or more in out-of-pocket costs for cancer care during a seven-year period, researchers at the American Cancer Society and the Houston-based University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center found.
  6. Twelve percent of cancer survivors live in poverty, leading to poor health outcomes and an inability to see doctors because of the cost, researchers at the Augusta-based Medical College of Georgia and the Georgia Cancer Center at Augusta University found.
  7. Drinking two or more sugary drinks a day may be associated with increased risk of obesity-linked cancers and death, a study by the American Cancer Society found.
  8. An unhealthy gut can trigger changes in breast tissue, leading to breast cancer metastasis, research by UVA Cancer Center found.
  9. U.K.-based University of East Anglia researchers found that men with prostate cancer have a different prostate environment than men without prostate cancer.
  10. The herpes simplex virus has been used to shrink and kill cancer tumors in a trial in the United Kingdom, the BBC reported Sept. 23.
  11. Washington-based researchers found cancer screening guidelines underreport harms related to screening tests and procedures and are inconsistent across cancer types, a study published Sept. 27 in Annals of Internal Medicine found.

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