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Medical Minute 4-6-12

April 6, 2012 - A new study suggests healthy living could help the prevention of all cancers. According to the American Cancer Society, a healthy diet that is low in fat, high in fiber, with lots of fruits and vegetables, has been shown to help reduce the probability of developing cancer. Scientists in St. Louis say many cancers could be avoided if people didn't smoke, maintained a healthy weight and protected against the sun. Research also shows that getting vaccinations can prevent many cervical and liver cancers.

Also, scientists are finding new ways to personalize cancer treatments. Researchers in Massachusetts are studying how individual cancer genes interact with certain medications. Testing the genetics of a tumor and tailoring the treatment accordingly, is a relatively new approach to cancer treatment. The hope is to use cancer drugs the most effective way...targeting patients most likely to respond to specific treatments.


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