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A Harmful Trend: Increased Waterpipe Smoking

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Waterpipe tobacco smoking (also known as hookah, narghile, shisha and other terms) has been used for centuries in parts of Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.  A part of the Arab culture, waterpipes are prominently used in social settings and are considered a status symbol in some parts of the world.  Since the 1990s, waterpipe [...]

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.

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.