I’m afraid I’ve lost track of how many of these are open access – click links with wild abandon and you should get quite a few full texts.
Right, a messy one to start with, I think this is a report on: Chlebowski RT et al. (2008) Breast cancer after stopping estrogen plus progestin in postmenopausal women in the womens health initiative, paper presented at 31st San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, 13th December. The reason I’m doubtful is that the name the Mail quotes is Dr Claudine Isaacs, who isn’t an author on the paper. She’s given only as a talking head in other coverage of the story (eg. here). However, the other three studies mentioned in the report are: Women’s Health Initiative Investigators (2002) Risks and Benefits of Estrogen Plus Progestin in Healthy Postmenopausal Women, JAMA, 288:321-333; Radvin et al. (2007) The Decrease in Breast-Cancer Incidence in 2003 in the United States, New England Journal of Medicine, 356:1670-1674; and (although again the details given don’t really allow me any certainty) Heiss et al. (2008) Health Risks and Benefits 3 Years After Stopping Randomized Treatment With Estrogen and Progestin, JAMA, 299:1036-1045.
A report on: Baxter et al. (2009) Association of Colonoscopy and Death From Colorectal Cancer: A Population-Based, Case-Control Study, Annals of Internal Medicine, 150:
A report on: Neilson et al. (2009) Associations between Male Anogenital Human Papillomavirus Infection and Circumcision by Anatomic Site Sampled and Lifetime Number of Female Sex Partners, The Journal of Infectious Diseases 199:7-13
A report on: Auvert et al. (2009) Effect of Male Circumcision on the Prevalence of High-Risk Human Papillomavirus in Young Men: Results of a Randomized Controlled Trial Conducted in Orange Farm, South Africa, The Journal of Infectious Diseases 199:14-19
A report on: Warner et al. (2009) Male Circumcision and Risk of HIV Infection among Heterosexual African American Men Attending Baltimore Sexually Transmitted Disease Clinics, The Journal of Infectious Diseases 199:59-65
see also the issue’s editorial: Gray et al. (2009) The Role of Male Circumcision in the Prevention of Human Papillomavirus and HIV Infection, The Journal of Infectious Diseases 199:1-3
A report on: Colmone et al. (2008) Leukemic Cells Create Bone Marrow Niches That Disrupt the Behavior of Normal Hematopoietic Progenitor Cells, Science, 322:1861-1865
A report on: Yang et al. (2008) Case-only study of interactions between DNA repair genes (hMLH1, APEX1, MGMT, XRCC1 and XPD) and low-frequency electromagnetic fields in childhood acute leukemia, Leukemia and Lymphoma, 49: 2344-2350
A report on: Draper et al. (2005) Childhood cancer in relation to distance from high voltage power lines in England and Wales: a case-control study, BMJ 330:1290
Causes in brief
“the HPV virus… is the main cause of cervical cancer in adults.”
(see also 16th December, Ditching cancer vaccine is a big step back, says expert, 17th December, HSE backs cancer jab Harney scrapped in Ireland, Interview: Health minister Mary Harney on why she won’t fund the cervical cancer vaccine for girls in Ireland and IRISH MAIL COMMENT: Must they destroy our girls’ innocence as well?
“The Health Information Quality Authority has advised the Minister than the HPV vaccine combined with the recently rolled out cervical cancer screening programme will cut deaths from the disease by 80 per cent.”
“Studies suggest that only high-level exposure to dioxins over many years can increase the risk of cancer and damage to the immune and reproductive systems.”
“Exercise such as cycling can also prevent cancer. The risk of colon cancer, for instance, is three times higher among sedentary people than for the most active.”
“Debbie Brewer was diagnosed in November 2006 with mesothelioma, a lung cancer caused by exposure to asbestos, but has beaten the odds thank to pioneering treatment in Germany.”
“Without screening, any girl they had would have been likely to develop a fast spreading, hard-to-treat form of breast cancer.”