Articles Tagged ‘risk’

Gain in Body Mass Index Increases Postmenopausal Breast Cancer Risk

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A mid-life increase in body mass index (BMI) may substantially increase postmenopausal breast cancer risk, according to research by investigators from NCI and Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. In a recent analysis, women who reported a gain in BMI of five points (5 kg/m2) or more between age 20 and postmenopausal age (ages 55-74) had nearly twice the risk of developing postmenopausal breast cancer compared to women who maintained their BMI during the same time period.

Medicaid Increasing Coverage of Aids For Tobacco Cessation

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State Medicaid programs have steadily increased coverage of tobacco dependence treatments since the mid-1990s, the National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Trends Progress Report – 2009/2010 Update noted. Medicaid is a health insurance program run by federal and state governments for people who cannot afford regular medical care. In 1995, only three state Medicaid programs covered tobacco dependence treatments, but by 2006, 42 states and the District of Columbia covered some form of treatment. Two more states added coverage in 2007.

Diabetes is the Most Common Risk Factor for Liver Cancer in the U.S.

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The incidence of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), the most common type of primary liver cancer, has been increasing in the U.S. for several decades. NCI reseachers found that diabetes was associated with a greater percentage of HCC cases than any other factor.