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HDL-cholesterol and breast cancer risk

Thursday, January 23rd, 2020

Genetic analyses suggest that high circulating HDL-cholesterol levels may increase breast cancer risk — a surprising finding since increased HDL-cholesterol is thought to be healthy.

Study finds breast cancer recurrence score has different implications for men

Sunday, December 22nd, 2019

A study published last year offered good news for women with early-stage ER-positive breast cancer who scored at intermediate risk for recurrence. However, a new study finds this conclusion may not directly apply to male patients with the same type of breast cancer

High fiber, yogurt diet associated with lower lung cancer risk

Monday, October 28th, 2019

A diet high in fiber and yogurt is associated with a reduced risk for lung cancer, according to a study by Vanderbilt University Medical Center researchers.

Study finds men have higher mortality rate after breast cancer diagnosis

Thursday, October 17th, 2019

A new study shows men with breast cancer are more likely to die than their female counterparts, across all stages of disease.

Potential prostate cancer biomarkers

Thursday, September 19th, 2019

An analysis of more than 140,000 people of European ancestry has identified blood protein biomarkers associated with prostate cancer risk.

Cancer susceptibility genes

Saturday, August 31st, 2019

Gene variants associated with cancer risk appear to contribute to carcinogenesis by regulating target genes that in turn promote the generation of mutations.

Shu, Zheng receive Vietnam’s top honor for foreign scientists

Friday, August 9th, 2019

The Vietnamese Ministry of Health has awarded two Vanderbilt epidemiologists the Memorabilia Medal “For the People’s Health” in appreciation for their contributions in helping the nation establish a population-based research program for cancer, diabetes and other non-communicable diseases.

Biomarkers of DNA methylation can be a predictor of breast cancer risk

Saturday, June 29th, 2019

Biomarkers of DNA methylation, which regulate gene expression, can be a predictor of breast cancer risk, according to a study published in Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

Health disparity for blacks exists within lung screening guidelines

Saturday, June 29th, 2019

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) guidelines that determine which smokers qualify for CT scans exclude significant numbers of African Americans who develop lung cancer, a health disparity that merits modifications to lung cancer screening criteria, according to a study from Vanderbilt researchers.

Mouth microbes and colorectal cancer

Friday, June 7th, 2019

Microbial species in the mouth could be playing a role in colorectal cancer development, according to new research from epidemiologists at VUMC.

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