Cancer

Processed meat 'could be bad for asthma'

Consuming more than four portions a week is a risk, suggests the study of nearly 1,000 French people, published in the journal Thorax.

The researchers believe it could be a preservative called nitrite used in meats such as sausages, salami and ham that aggravates the airways.

But experts say the link has not been proved and more investigations are needed.

Rather than worry about one type of food, people should be eating a healthy and varied diet, they advise.

Fallopian tubes may have big role in ovarian cancer fight

Research increasingly points to the likelihood that some of the most aggressive ovarian cancers originate in the fallopian tubes. Most doctors now believe there is little to lose by removing the tubes of women who are done bearing children -- and potentially much to gain in terms of cancer prevention.

The stakes in this research are high. Ovarian cancer is the deadliest of gynecologic cancers, killing 14,000 women a year in the United States. It is often diagnosed in the late stages, when it is more difficult to treat.

Woman has baby using ovary frozen in childhood

The 24-year-old is thought to be the first in the world to have a baby after having an ovary frozen before the onset of puberty.

Moaza Al Matrooshi, whose son was delivered at the privately-run Portland Hospital yesterday, told the BBC: "It's like a miracle.

"We've been waiting so long for this result - a healthy baby."

Her doctor, Sara Matthews, a consultant in gynaecology and fertility, said she was overjoyed for the family - and delighted by the hope it offered to others too.

The lung cancer symptoms even nonsmokers need to know

Over the next few years, the X-ray technician from Albuquerque, New Mexico, developed a persistent cough and wheezing, which her doctors attributed to exercise-induced asthma. She had other symptoms, too: weight loss, fever, and several bouts of pneumonia.

Still, when Rivas finally decided to perform a chest X-ray on herself, cancer was the last thing on her mind.

The image revealed a mass on her right lung that turned out to be a malignant tumor. Rivas was 32 and had never smoked a cigarette in her life. "I want people to know lung cancer can happen to anyone," she says.

How the ancient world dealt with cancer

Researchers are learning more about the history of cancer and how civilizations have treated it.

study in the journal Nature Reviews Cancer suggests that cancer has become a more common disease only recently, because of modern lifestyle.

Want to reduce the risk of getting cancer?

This was one of the main topics discussed during the Men’s Cancer Awareness Workshop earlier this week.

Renowned Australian oncologist, Professor Ian Olver, said poor eating habits increase your risk of cancer in various parts of the body.

“Poor eating habits can also contribute to weight gain and being overweight or obese increase your risk of cancer.”

Prof Olver says improving diet can be as simple as trying to eat more fruit and vegetables, adding that processed food can increase ones chance of developing cancer.

Queensland's prostate cancer sufferers to try new 'body GPS' technology

Patients at the Princess Alexandra Hospital will start undergoing treatment within days now that the new computer program, Calypso, has gone online.

Queensland's prostate cancer sufferers to try new 'body GPS' technology

Patients at the Princess Alexandra Hospital will start undergoing treatment within days now that the new computer program, Calypso, has gone online.

Can your own immune system kill cancer?

Thousands take part in Globe-a-thon campaign

More than a thousand both young and old joined the 4th globe-a-thon which featured a walk organised by the Pacific International Hospital this morning.

The walk, started at 8am in front of the PIH gate at 3 mile, following the freeway along Taurama road, heading to the 4 mile round-a-bout and back, with participants carrying positive messages on placards.

The variety of participants included men and women of the general public, representatives from the business and corporate sector, and government, including the wife of Prime Minister Linda Babao.