NBC 33 Medical News: Tuesday October 12

POSTED: Tuesday, October 12, 2010 - 9:41am

UPDATED: Tuesday, October 12, 2010 - 9:50am


New research finds most cancer patients have multiple physical symptoms throughout all stages of the disease.

The study of over 400 patients identified 22 physical symptoms associated with all types of cancer including fatigue, pain, weakness, loss of appetite, constipation, insomnia and nausea.
Researchers say these symptoms impact patients throughout their whole lives, even those in remission. They also find most people don't seek medical attention.
Experts encourage patients to tell their doctors about any of those symptoms which can be treated or controlled with therapy and medications.

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can reduce the risk of breast cancer -- even in women with a family history.

in a study of more than 85,000 post-menopausal women, those who exercised, kept a healthy weight and limited their alcohol in-take lowered their risk of breast cancer -- regardless of genetics.
researchers say a family history can be partly due to unhealthy behaviors that have been passed down for generations.
These findings show a healthy lifestyle can help break the cycle.

Women with epilepsy may be more likely to have fertility problems.

Researchers in India found women with the neurological disorder had "twice" the infertility rate as those without epilepsy.
Researchers also found those taking three or more drugs for epilepsy were 18 times more likely to be infertile than patients on no medications.

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