Hospital Discharge a Key Time to Help Smokers Quit

TUESDAY, Aug. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The weeks after a hospital discharge may be a great time to help smokers quit the habit, and one study suggests a particular program might help.

Study: Many Seniors Get Unnecessary Cancer Tests

MONDAY, Aug. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Older people who aren't expected to live more than 10 years are still being screened for prostate, breast, cervical and colon cancer -- even though it is unlikely to benefit them, a new study finds.

HPV Vaccine Protects Against Infection 8 Years Out: Study

MONDAY, Aug. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new long-term study shows that the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine appears to protect against the sexually transmitted virus for at least eight years.

Exercise Helps Protect Black Women From Breast Cancer, Study Says

FRIDAY, Aug. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Brisk walking and other forms of exercise reduce a black woman's risk of breast cancer, U.S. researchers report.

Avastin Approved for Late-Stage Cervical Cancer

FRIDAY, Aug. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The anti-cancer drug Avastin (bevacizumab) has been newly approved to treat aggressive and late-stage cervical cancer, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said in a news release.

Common Respiratory Diseases Tied to Lung Cancer Risk

FRIDAY, Aug. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Three common respiratory diseases seem to be associated with an increased risk of lung cancer, researchers report.

Painkillers May Halve Risk of Breast Cancer Return in Obese Women: Study

THURSDAY, Aug. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Obese women who have battled breast cancer might halve their chances of a recurrence if they take aspirin or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) regularly, new research suggests.

Dog Study Suggests Bacteria as Cancer Fighter

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Pet dogs have helped researchers show that a special bacteria can seemingly fight cancer, causing tumors to shrink.

Sigmoidoscopy Does Cut Risk of Dying From Colon Cancer: Study

TUESDAY, Aug. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Colon cancer screening done by sigmoidoscopy -- a less invasive, cheaper alternative to colonoscopy -- does cut people's risk of developing or dying from the disease, a new clinical trial finds.

New Colorectal Cancer Screening Test Approved

TUESDAY, Aug. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A screening test for colorectal cancer that can detect red blood cells and abnormal DNA in a person's stool has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.