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Sugar can fuel cancerous cells, study says

Different types of foods have been linked to cancer, including saturated fats and processed meats. Now, scientists say sugar can fuel the disease, too. 

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Researchers from universities in Belgium recently conducted a nine-year experiment, published in Nature Communications, that revealed how sugar stimulates the growth of tumors. 

They explained that healthy cells receive energy through aerobic respiration, a process that transforms digested food into energy molecules. To complete the process, oxygen is required so that carbon dioxide can be released.

>> Work the night shift? You may be at higher risk for breast cancer, study says

On the other hand, cancerous cells get energy from fermenting sugar, which causes tumor growth. This is called the Warburg effect.

For the study, they examined the correlation between “the strength of the Warburg effect and tumor aggressiveness” by observing the sugar fermentation of yeast, which is similar to that of cells. They both “share the unusual characteristic of favoring fermentation of sugar over respiration,” the study read.

The scientists not only confirmed that sugar causes tumors to grow, but that it also makes cells multiply faster. They believe the sugar produces more of the most common cancer-causing genes, also known as Ras proteins, which fuel aggressive tumors. 

>> Related: Why are more black women dying of breast cancer compared to white women?

“Our research reveals how the hyperactive sugar consumption of cancerous cells leads to a vicious cycle of continued stimulation of cancer development and growth. Thus, it is able to explain the correlation between the strength of the Warburg effect and tumor aggressiveness. This link between sugar and cancer has sweeping consequences,” co-author Johan Thevelein said in a statement

While the researchers do not understand why the cells react this way to sugar, they think their findings can help treat cancer with low-sugar diets. 

“This research in yeast and human cells has led to a new very valuable scientific hypothesis,” the authors wrote. “The next step is to find out whether these results also apply to patients.”

Why are more black women dying of breast cancer compared to white women?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, black women under 60 years old are more likely to die from breast cancer than white women in the same age group. In fact, data from 2015 showed black women had a 39 percent higher breast cancer death rate.

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New research from Emory University, the American Cancer Society (ACS) and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute points to differences in health insurance as the culprit.

The findings, published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, included data from the National Cancer Data Base on 563,497 black and white women between the ages of 18 and 64 who had been diagnosed with stage I to stage III breast cancer between 2004 and 2013.

The researchers examined five factors for the study:

  • Demographics (age, stage, state, year of diagnosis, etc.)
  • Comorbidities (other health conditions)
  • Insurance (lack of insurance, private insurance, Medicare/Medicaid, etc.)
  • Tumor characteristics (size, type, stage, etc.)
  • Treatment (chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, surgery, etc.)

The findings

They found that insurance explained one-third of the additional risk of death among the black women compared to white women diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer.

Additionally, almost three times as many black women (22.7 percent) were either uninsured or had Medicaid insurance compared to white women (8.4 percent).

“Lack of insurance is a barrier to receipt of timely and high-quality treatment and screening services,” study authors wrote.

Other major factors that explained the differences: tumor characteristics (23.2 percent), comorbidities (11.3 percent) and treatment (4.8 percent).

Nearly 80 percent of the women in the study had the most common type of breast cancer (hormone receptor-positive breast cancer) and according to the researchers, when matched for factors such as insurance, comorbidity and others, those factors accounted for a combined 76.3 percent of the total excess risk of death in black patients.

The authors noted that when it came to treatment differences, black and white women contrasted most for hormone therapy, which, according to ACS, is typically used after surgery to help reduce the chance of recurrence.

“Several studies reported that black women are less likely to complete chemotherapy and hormone therapy,” study author Ahmedin Jemal told the ACS. “This could be for many reasons, including problems with transportation or the inability to pay for medicine.”

Additionally, previous research has shown that black women get lower quality mammograms and are less likely to have a follow-up appointment after receiving abnormal mammograms.

And insurance is vital for both high-quality cancer care and for early detection.

“We know so much about cancer prevention and control,” Jemal, who is also vice president of the ACS surveillance and health services research program, said. “But we’re not applying it to the whole population equally. We have to make the standard of care available to everyone, including people with low income. And blacks are disproportionately represented in that group.”

Read the full study at ascopubs.org

Learn more about the study and more about how women can protect themselves from breast cancer at cancer.org

Gord Downie, lead singer of The Tragically Hip, has died

Gord Downie, who made himself part of Canada's national identity with songs about hockey and small towns as lead singer and songwriter of iconic rock band The Tragically Hip, has died at age 53 after a battle with brain cancer.

A statement on the band's website said he died Tuesday night "with his beloved children and family close by." The statement did not give a cause of death, though he had been diagnosed earlier with brain cancer.

Since The Tragically Hip's first album in 1987, the band has provided a soundtrack for the lives of many Canadians. "Ahead by a Century" and "Bobcaygeon" are among the best known.

While Canadian musicians Drake, the Weeknd and Justin Bieber have made waves internationally, the Tragically Hip built a huge following of die-hard homegrown fans.

An emotional Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wept in Parliament while talking about Downie on national television in a statement to reporters.

"We are less as a country without Gord Downie in it. We all knew it was coming but we hoped it wasn't," said Trudeau, his voice breaking. "I thought I was going to make it through this but I'm not. It hurts. "

Trudeau also said in a written statement that "Downie uncovered and told the stories of Canada. He was the frontman of one of Canada's most iconic bands, a rock star, artist, and poet whose evocative lyrics came to define a country."

"He loved every hidden corner, every aspect of this country that he celebrated his whole life. And he wanted to make it better," Trudeau said in Ottawa.

Downie was diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive and incurable brain cancer, in December 2015. When the band made the news public the following May, expressions of sorrow poured in from across the country.

That same day, the band said it would mount a Canadian tour despite Downie's cancer. Tickets for the 2016 summer tour sold out almost immediately, culminating in a national broadcast of the band's final tour stop at Kingston, Ontario. Millions tuned in.

Downie later said that he needed six teleprompters during the concert series so he would not forget lyrics. But through it all, Downie remained the consummate showman, rocking out on stage in distinctive leather suits.

"Gord knew this day was coming — his response was to spend his precious time as he always had — making music, making memories and expressing deep gratitude to his family and friends for a life well lived, often sealing it with a kiss ... on the lips," the Downie family said in a statement.

During his final show, Downie called out to Trudeau, who attended the concert, to help fix problems in Canada's aboriginal communities.

A few months after that concert, Downie released a solo album with an accompanying graphic novel and animated film inspired by the tragedy of state-funded church schools that Canadian aboriginal children were forced to attend from the 19th century until the 1970s. He said his "Secret Path" project was aimed at Canada's decades-long government policy of requiring aboriginal children to attend residential schools, where physical and sexual abuse was often rampant.

Born in Amherstview, Ontario, Downie said he "always had a keen ear for music" and while all the other kids were spending their allowance on baseball trading cards, he was buying records "from the fathers of rock 'n' roll."

While at university, he met Paul Langlois, Rob Baker, Gord Sinclair and Johnny Fray, and they formed The Tragically Hip, which started out as a cover band.

Their first self-titled EP was released in 1987 and their breakthrough debut full-length album, "Up to Here," was released in 1989. Since then they have released 14 studio albums, two live albums, one EP and 54 singles. Nine of their albums have reached No. 1 in Canada. They have received numerous Canadian music awards, including 14 Juno awards, the equivalent of the Grammy in Canada.

The band's 2012 album, "Now for Plan A," was lyrically influenced by Downie's wife and her successful battle with breast cancer.

 Downie also produced three solo albums since 2001, as well as a collaboration with fellow Canadian indie darlings The Sadies. 

In Kingston, where he grew up, fans left flowers and lined up to sign a book condolences while his music played in the town square in front of city hall.

Fan Ted Nesbitt, who lives north of Toronto, said he wanted to be in Kingston to pay tribute to him and say thank you. In the square — where thousands gathered on Aug. 20, 2016, to watch a public screening of the band's sold-out final concert — a collection of flowers and candles surrounded a commemorative stone for the band.

"He is Canada. To me it's the cottage, the camp fire. There are so many memories listening to Hip songs," Nesbitt said. "It's a piece of your life that's gone. I'm 49 and the Hip has been a part of my life since I was a teenager."

Downie is survived by his wife and four children.

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Associated Press writer Rob Gillies reported this story in Kingston and AP writer Charmaine Noronha reported from Toronto.

A warning for overnight workers: You could be at higher risk for obesity, study finds

New research published in the journal “Obesity Reviews” suggests night shift workers have a higher risk of obesity or of being overweight.

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The research includes an analysis of 28 observational studies that reported on an association between shift work and obesity, body mass index (BMI) or weight change.

Studies also had to meet a variety of criteria, including reliable assessment of shift work, conclusions with 95 percent confidence intervals and observational study designs.

Related: Work the night shift? You may be at higher risk for breast cancer, study says

Here’s what the researchers found:

  • Night shift work increases risk of obesity/overweight by 23 percent.
  • Night shift work increases risk of abdominal obesity, which is characterized by visceral fat accumulation in the abdomen and is commonly associated with abnormal metabolic profiles (like insulin resistance), by 35 percent.
  • Night shift workers between midnight and 5 a.m. showed a pooled estimate odds ratio of 1:32, meaning the odds of obesity/overweight is 1.32 higher for night shift workers compared to non-night shift workers.
  • Permanent night shift work showed a higher risk of obesity/overweight than rotating shifts, possibly due to daytime environmental hours interrupting proper sleep.
  • Highest risks were among 10-hour permanent night shifts or 12-hour rotating shifts compared with other night shift work.

>> Related: One-third of all humans are now overweight and American children are leading the way

Why are night workers at risk?

Read more here.

Weight loss surgery could help reduce the risk of cancer, researchers find

Weight loss surgery doesn’t just help extremely obese people drop pounds. It also might help them lower their chances of getting cancer, according to a new report

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Researchers from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine recently conducted an experiment, published in Annals of Surgery, to determine how weight loss surgery impacts the risk of developing cancer. 

To do so, they examined about 22,000 people who underwent bariatric surgery between 2005 to 2012 and about 66,000 people who did not, tracing their progress until 2014. 

Scientists also factored in age, race, body mass index and gender, and more than 80 percent of the participants were women

They found that patients who had undergone the surgery had a 33 percent lower risk of developing cancer, with the benefit greatest for obesity-related cancers. 

>> Related: Purple potatoes linked to reduced colon cancer risk, study says

Furthermore, the risk of postmenopausal breast cancer dropped by 42 percent and 50 percent for endometrial cancer. The chances also decreased for colon cancer by 41 percent and 54 percent for pancreatic cancer.

Why is that?

Researchers believe it’s because of the estrogen levels."Cancer risks for postmenopausal breast cancer and endometrial cancer are closely related to estrogen levels," lead author Daniel Schauer said in a statement. "Having weight loss surgery reduces estrogen level."

Researchers also noted other benefits from having the surgery.

"I think considering cancer risk is one small piece of the puzzle when considering bariatric surgery, but there are many factors to consider. Reductions in diabetes, hypertension and improvements in survival and quality of life are reason enough," lead author Daniel Schauer said in a statement.

>> Related: Hair dyes, chemical relaxers linked to breast cancer

"The study provides an additional reason to consider bariatric surgery."

Citing Vegas shooting, film premieres cancelled, scaled back

Two film premieres scheduled to be held in Los Angeles this week are being scaled back or canceled entirely in the wake of the attack in Las Vegas.

Open Road Films said it is cancelling its Monday premiere of "Marshall," and the studios behind "Blade Runner 2049" also decided to scale back its Tuesday premiere by nixing the red carpet portion of the event.

Estee Lauder is also canceling a scheduled Pink Ribbon celebration on Monday in New York following the deadly shooting.

Elizabeth Hurley had been set to appear at Estee Lauder's breast cancer awareness event Monday night. The company said in a statement it was canceling the event out of respect and extended compassion to the families of the victims.

Join Us for GET UP Atlanta

   

B98.5 Supports Breast Cancer Awareness Month 

This month is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and B98.5 is partnering with Susan G. Komen of Greater Atlanta for GET UP Atlanta!   

Visit KomenAtlanta.org to get more info, sign up to pledge 8 hours of physical activity in October, then record your hours of exercise and share your progress. 

Why 8? Everyday in Atlanta, 7 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and one will die. Puts things into perspective, don’t you think?

Friends and family are invited to sponsor or become involved in the fitness program themselves, which has an entry fee of $35. 

The challenge runs through the month of October and has a goal to raise $40,000 for Komen Atlanta. 

Every day in Atlanta, seven women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and one will die. 

Komen Atlanta works to educate the community about the importance of early detection and provides thousands of free breast health services each year to ensure that every woman has access to everything she needs to detect and survive breast cancer.    

On October 23, a special celebration will be held at the Monday Night Brewing Garage located at 933 Lee St. SW. Entry to the celebration is free for Get Up Atlanta participants and $30 for non-participants.

  

'Veep' star Julia Louis-Dreyfus says she has breast cancer

Julia Louis-Dreyfus says she has been diagnosed with breast cancer.

The star of "Veep" and "Seinfeld" posted word of her illness Thursday on social media. A spokeswoman for Louis-Dreyfus confirmed the posts were authentic.

On her Twitter account, the actress wrote that one in eight women get breast cancer.

"The good news is that I have the most glorious group of supportive and caring family and friends, and fantastic insurance through my union. The bad news is that not all women are so lucky, so let's fight all cancers and make universal health care a reality," she tweeted.

Louis-Dreyfus' publicist said no further details about her condition would be provided at this time, adding that the actress "is incredibly grateful for the outpouring of support and well wishes."

Hundreds of messages from well-wishers quickly poured in on Twitter.

"Sending you love and light and prayers of support," actress and producer Roma Downey wrote.

"We love you," ''Veep" co-star Tony Hale tweeted.

Louis-Dreyfus won her sixth Emmy Award on Sept. 17 for her portrayal of former POTUS Selina Meyer in HBO'S "Veep."

"Our love and support go out to Julia and her family at this time. We have every confidence she will get through this with her usual tenacity and undaunted spirit, and look forward to her return to health and to HBO for the final season of VEEP," HBO said in a statement.

Louis-Dreyfus received the diagnosis the day after the Emmys aired, and it played no part in the previously announced decision to end the show after next season, HBO said.

HBO said on Sept. 6 that the comedy's producers decided to bring it to a close after season seven, with an air date yet to be announced.

"Veep" writers will continue working on scripts and production will be adjusted as needed, HBO said.

Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus reveals she has breast cancer

Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus revealed Thursday in a social media post that she has breast cancer.

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“1 in 8 women get breast cancer,” she wrote in a statement posted on Twitter. “Today, I’m the one.”

The Emmy Award winning actress, best known for her roles in “Saturday Night Live,” “Seinfeld” and “Veep,” pushed for universal healthcare in her statement, which she signed “Julia.”

“The good news is that I have the most glorious group of supportive and caring family and friends, and fantastic insurance through my union,” she wrote. “The bad news is that not all women are so lucky, so let’s fight all cancers and make universal health care a reality.”

Since 2012, Louis-Dreyfus has starred as Selina Meyer in the HBO political comedy "Veep." She won her sixth Emmy for her performance in the series earlier this month, setting a record for the most wins by an actor or actress in a single role on the same show.

The series's seventh season, set to air next year, is scheduled to be its last.

Women with an apple shape at increased risk of developing cancer, study finds

There are several categories to describe body types, but there is one that can increase your risk of cancer if you’re a woman, according to a new study. It’s the apple-shape.

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Researchers from Denmark conducted an experiment, which was recently presented at the European Society of Medical Oncology conference in Madrid, to determine how excessive fat in different parts of the body can heighten an individual’s chances for cancer. 

To do so, they assessed the body fat scans of nearly 6,000 postmenopausal women with an average age of 71, categorizing participants with either high abdominal fat or low abdominal fat. They examined them over a 12-year period. 

After analyzing the data, scientists recorded 811 people with cancer. While 293 subjects had breast and ovarian cancers, 345 had lung and gastrointestinal cancers and 173 had other cancers.

Furthermore, they found that women who carried more fat around their stomachs were more than 50 percent likely to be diagnosed with lung or gastrointestinal cancers than women with low abdominal fat.

>>Related: Work the night shift? You may be at higher risk of breast cancer

“The average elderly women can very much use this information, as it is known that the menopause transition initiates a shift in body fat towards the central trunk area. Therefore elderly women should be especially aware of their lifestyle when they approach the pre-menopause age,” co-author Maersk Staunstrup said in a statement.

Scientists noted that they also considered other variables including older age and smoking. However, fat ratio remained an “independent risk factor,” and they believe their findings can help with cancer prevention.

“These data open the door for clinicians to initiate a number of interventions in obese patients,” Andrea De Censi added.

>> Related: Study: Daily glass of wine or beer can increase breast cancer risk

“In addition to fat loss with diet and exercise, there may be a potential role for a diabetes drug, such as metformin, which can lower insulin effects and contribute to cancer prevention.”

 

Service for Troy Gentry of Montgomery Gentry will be live streamed for the public

Montgomery Gentry’s Troy Gentry will be remembered with a public celebration of life Thursday, Sept. 14 at 11 a.m. CT at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville. The duo, which also includes Eddie Montgomery, became members of the Opry in 2009, which was one of their proudest career achievements.

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A livestream of the service can be viewed at Opry.com/Troy-Gentry for those who can’t attend the service in person. A private family burial will follow.

Related: Troy Gentry of country duo Montgomery Gentry dead in helicopter crash

Instead of flowers, Troy’s family has requested donations be made in his memory to the T.J. Martell Foundation or the American Red Cross to help with hurricane relief.

Related:Troy Gentry of Montgomery Gentry dead at 50: Country community reacts

A portion of Gentry’s obituary, which is on the Opry website, is below.

“Gentry supported numerous charitable organizations including Make A Wish Foundation and T.J. Martell Foundation as well as military-related charities such as The USO. He was an active supporter of breast cancer awareness and research. Montgomery Gentry was honored with the Academy of Country Music’s Humanitarian Award in 2009. “Known for his wide smile, Gentry was personally driven by faith, family and living life to the fullest. He was happiest on the water with his family. He enjoyed both wake boarding and snow skiing. Gentry was also an active supporter of various athletic teams at his daughter Kaylee’s school. “A follower of Christ, Gentry faithfully attended Brentwood Baptist Church in Brentwood, Tenn., when he was not on the road. One of his favorite bible verses was Deuteronomy 31:6, which says, ‘Be strong and courageous; don’t be terrified or afraid of them. For it is the Lord your God who goes with you; He will not leave you or forsake you.’”

Montgomery Gentry had just finished its newest album, set to be released in 2018 for their 20th anniversary. 

Local knitters create handmade breast prosthesis for women

ROME, Ga. (AP) - The term Knitted Knockers may sound a little silly but it's actually an international movement that's helping millions of women around the world.

Barrie Turney is leading to charge in getting local knitters to create handmade breast prosthesis for women who have undergone mastectomies (the surgery to remove all breast tissue as a way to treat or prevent breast cancer) or other procedures to the breast.

When Turney opened Craft Yarn Co. in June here in Rome, a local knitter Jane Lawson approached her with an idea.

"I heard someone on the radio who had a mastectomy," Lawson said. "She said someone had made her new breast prosthesis by knitting them. It sounded unusual at first but she said they were very comfortable."

Lawson did a little research and found out about Knitted Knockers, an nonprofit organization that connects volunteer knitters with breast cancer survivors and also collects knitted breasts for those who need them.

Lawson hoped that Turney could use her store and her connection to local knitters to collect enough knitted breasts to either send to Knitted Knockers or better yet, to help cancer survivors right here in Rome.

Turney loved the idea.

"When you get a mastectomy they remove your breast or breasts and you're fitted with a silicon prosthetic," Turney said. "From what I understand they can be hot and uncomfortable and they rub against your skin. And I think they can be expensive as well. And it wasn't until later that I realized I carry two of the specific brands of yarns that Knitted Knockers approves for making these."

The organization provides specific patterns and yarn requirements to knitters so that those receiving the breasts get the highest quality prosthesis made to certain approved specifications.

Knitted Knockers are made of a soft, durable machine washable cotton yarn. They're filled with polyfill and are customizable by removing or adding filling.

These breast shaped knitted (or crocheted) pieces can be made in any size desired and any color desired.

"So they can fit right into the bras you already have," Lawson said.

So Turney decided she'd be a hub for local knitters who'd like to create Knitted Knockers and donate them. Her store at 226 N. 5th Ave., is a drop-off for anyone who'd like to knit or crochet them. She collects them and mails them to the Knitted Knockers organization to be distributed to women who need them. But she'd also like to collect enough of the knitted breasts to donate to a local cancer organization.

Local women who are interested in receiving a pair of Knitted Knockers can visit or call the store. Turney will take their specifications of color and size and relay that to a knitter.

"If we get 20 matching pairs, we can donate them to a local cancer center such as Cancer Navigators," Turney said. "That's our goal - to donate locally. We're trying to get enough knitters to help us do that."

So far, she's got 10 local knitters (including Lawson) working toward their goal.

Her store, Craft Yarn Co., provides all the materials a knitter would need to create the Knitted Knockers including the colorful yarns and the needles as well as patterns.

Twice a month, Turney hosts a Knitted Knockers gathering at the store. It's for knitters of all skill levels. She will teach new knitters how to work with the pattern and more experienced knitters are welcome as well and may even be able to help the newbies out.

Turney said she realizes there are those community members who may want to help but have no knitting skills.

"We have online kits available that anyone can purchase for $16 and includes everything a local knitter would need to make a pair of Knitted Knockers," she said. "Because the women who need these breasts are never charged for them, all the knitters volunteer their time and materials so it's a big help to the volunteers if people buy the kits and donate them."

On a clean, white table in the Craft Yarn Co. store just off Fifth Avenue, Turney empties a small bag. It's contents are soft, light, colorful knitted breasts. They vary in size and color. There are only a few, however. She needs many more to be able to donate locally and hopes the community will rally behind this effort to provide local women with a chance to feel whole again.

In midst of battle with cancer, Olivia Newton-John surprises fans by resuming tour

A mere three months after postponing her tour in the wake of a second cancer diagnosis, Olivia Newton-John is back on stage.

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The singer resumed her tour Thursday much to the delight of fans who weren’t expecting her to bounce back so quickly.

“I’d like to thank any of you in the audience who have sent me cards and well wishes and prayers,” she told the audience at her concert in Indiana.

>> RELATED: Olivia Newton-John speaks to fans for the first time since sharing her cancer diagnosis

In May, doctors diagnosed Newton-John with breast cancer that had metastasized to the sacrum. This is now the second time she has faced the disease, having previously battled it in 1992 when she underwent a partial mastectomy, nine months of chemotherapy and a breast reconstruction

Earlier this month, Newton-John reached out to fans for the first time since postponing her tour to update them on her health and how she was coming along.

“I’d like to express my gratitude to all of you who sent such kind and loving messages of support over the past few months,” she said in a heartfelt video message. “Your prayers and well wishes have truly helped me, and continued to lift my spirits. I’m feeling great and so look forward to seeing you soon!”

Work the night shift? You may be at higher risk for breast cancer, study says

Do you work at night? It may be healthier to work while the sun is up, because a new study has found a link between night shifts and breast cancer.

»RELATED: Hair dyes and chemical relaxers linked to breast cancer 

A group of researchers from Harvard University conducted an experiment, which was published in Environmental Health Perspectives, to determine how levels of light can impact the disease. 

To do so, they examined 110,000 women and data from nighttime satellite images of each participant’s residential address. They also factored in night shift work.

>> Read more trending news

Scientists found that women exposed to the highest levels of outdoor light at night had an estimated 14 percent increased risk of breast cancer compared to those exposed to lower levels. 

They also saw a stronger link among women who work at night. 

“In our modern industrialized society, artificial lighting is nearly ubiquitous. Our results suggest that this widespread exposure to outdoor lights during nighttime hours could represent a novel risk factor for breast cancer,” lead author Peter James said in a statement.

»RELATED: Study: Daily glass of wine or beer can increase breast cancer risk 

Why is that?

Light affects melatonin, a hormone that regulates sleep-wake cycles and plays a role in reducing tumor growth. However, exposure to artificial light lowers melatonin levels, preventing it from operating at its full ability. 

Researchers noted that the association between outdoor light at night and breast cancer was only prevalent among premenopausal women and current or past smokers.

They also acknowledged that more research needs to be done to clarify their results and methods. 

»RELATED: Study: Cancer partly caused by bad luck

Shannen Doherty shares heartfelt message about doctor who saved her life

Shannen Doherty continues to be an inspiration to us all as she looks on the bright side of her cancer battle.

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This week, the actress took to Instagram to point out one good thing that came out of her breast cancer diagnosis: meeting Dr. Lawrence Piro. Doherty shared a touching message about the man she never would have met if she hadn’t developed the disease and wished him the happiest of birthdays.

>> RELATED: Shannen Doherty shares an emotional message to fans as she gets back on set for the first time in years

“Dr Lawrence Piro. Not just my doctor. My friend. This man saved my life,” she wrote alongside a photo of the two of them. “I’ve since referred many of my friends to him. He’s helped every single one. Selfless, intelligent, kind, classy, stylish, funny… I could go on. It’s his birthday. I’m honored to be sharing it with him. Cancer brought this man into my life. For that, thank you cancer.”

Doherty has kept fans updated during every step of her battle. In April, she happily announced that she was in remission after undergoing many months of chemotherapy and radiation therapy. This month, she headed back to work acting in the upcoming 2018 TV series “Heather.”

It’s over: Community comes out to support woman for last chemotherapy treatment

An Ohio woman has a lot to celebrate. After a six-month battle with breast cancer, Amy Kleiner was going to her last chemotherapy treatment.

And as she was getting ready to leave for the clinic, her neighborhood had a surprise planned, WKRC reported.

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Some met in her driveway for a prayer to send her off for treatment. Others lined their road, holding signs of support and love, ABC News reported.

Then they released balloons, each one a symbol of a procedure she’s gone though.

One person was missing in the celebration. Kleiner’s husband Doug had to miss the final treatment due to work. Her best friend Tera Kiser stepped in to play chauffeur. She even decorated her van to mark the occasion, ABC News reported.

Kiser told ABC News, “She’s so selfless and so sweet, I just wanted to make it a big deal for her. More than anything else, I wanted her to know, ‘You’ve done it, this day is here and now we’re going to put this part of our day behind us and move forward. Let’s just go and get this last one treatment and get you feeling better.”

While chemotherapy is finished, Kleiner still has radiation therapy to go though, WKRC reported.

Shannen Doherty shows off new haircut following chemotherapy treatments

This week, former “Beverly Hills, 90210” actress Shannen Doherty debuted a new hairdo in an Instagram post and thanked Anh Co Tran, the celebrity hair stylist who made her feel like a “sexy Parisian” after rounds of chemotherapy following a breast cancer diagnosis.

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“Yes he gives the best haircuts ever but the real pleasure is just absorbing some of his positive, serene energy,” she wrote. “Thank you @anhcotran for the ‘sexy Parisian’ cut. After two years of either bald or a crew cut, it’s nice to feel a bit more like a woman again.”

Doherty’s hair has been growing back in the months since she went into remission, which she announced in April.

“Moments. They happen. Today was and is a moment. What does remission mean? I heard that word and have no idea how to react. Good news? YES. Overwhelming. YES. Now more waiting,” she shared in an Instagram post.

When she was first diagnosed, Doherty documented the moment she decided to shave her head with the support from her mother, Rosa, and best friend, Anne Kortright-Shilstat.

Since she went into remission, Doherty seems to have lived every day to the fullest and recently partied with pals and husband Kurt Iswarienko.

“Summer nights with good friends,” she wrote in a post Sunday.

On Monday, Doherty shared a photo of a surprise reunion with fellow “Dancing with the Stars” season 10 contestants and pros, including Nicole Scherzinger, Niecy Nash, Kym Johnson-Herjavec, Robert Herjavec and Carson Kressley.

“And this… surprise reunion #dwts,” she captioned the photo.

World's biggest burger on sale for nearly $8,000

An American cheeseburger, weighing 1,794 pounds, has just become the world’s largest commercially sold burger. 

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Mallie’s Sports Grill & Bar in Detroit spent the past four years cooking up a plan to win back its Guinness World Records title from a Japanese restaurant, WXYZ reported.

Mallie’s reclaimed the title Monday after creating a super-sized hamburger with 300 pounds of cheese and 250 pounds of pickles, according to WXYZ.

This beefy meal, which stands 3 feet high, was made “in memory of his wife Renee who died from breast cancer, and as a birthday gift to his two daughters,” WXYZ reported. 

“It's a lifetime memory for them. I mean how many kids get to get an 1,800-pound hamburger on their birthday?” Steve Mallie told WXYZ. 

If you’re getting hungry reading this, you can order the burger for a small fee of $7,799.

Read more at WXYZ.

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Dying mom gets to watch her daughter graduate from hospital bed

Ten months ago, during her last year at Champlain Valley Technical Center in Plattsburgh, New York, Samantha Parrotte’s mother got sick. What was assumed to be a little rash ended up progressing, and Patricia Parrotte was eventually diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer and a rare autoimmune disease.

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Samantha started to struggle with balancing her mom being sick and school. Her dad gave her the option to take a break from school, but Samantha refused.

“She stepped up to the plate,” Todd Parrotte told WPTZ NewsChannel 5. “She busted her butt, and she excelled to make her mother and myself very proud.”

Her mom’s condition worsened, though, and she wasn’t expected to live to Samantha’s graduation day.

It was Patricia’s wish to be able to see her daughter graduate, so Champlain Valley Technical Center and Saranac Community Schools worked together to perform a graduation ceremony at the hospital in Vermont. Samantha walked into her mom’s hospital room in her cap and gown with the graduation tune playing the background, and both her mom and dad got to watch the special graduation.

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“I went in there and like, all of a sudden, my mom was back, you know, not having the cancer affecting her,” Samantha said.

Two days later, Patricia passed away.

Two weeks after her mom died, Samantha put on her cap and gown for a second time and graduated again. She walked across the stage during CV Tech’s graduation ceremony last Tuesday and accepted her diploma for the school’s allied health program.

“I know that she is still with me, you know, and she would want me to go to my ceremonies with my class,” Samantha said.

What she didn’t know, though, was the surprise the school had in store. She was named this year’s recipient of her program’s student excellence award.

“I couldn’t be more proud of her,” Todd said. “I know my wife is very proud also.”

Single mother surprised by email from professor after missing class

A university professor is getting a lot of praise after sending a heartwarming email to a hardworking student who is also a single mother.

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Morgan King is studying Therapeutic Recreation at the University of Tennessee, The Knoxville News Sentinel reported. She had to miss class earlier this month because she couldn’t find a babysitter for her daughter, Korbyn.

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King’s mother recently passed away from breast cancer, and she sometimes struggles to find childcare for her daughter.

She sent a note to her professor apologizing for missing class and was shocked at the response she received.

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“In the future, if you are having trouble finding someone to watch Korbyn, feel free to just bring her with you to class,” professor Sally Hunter wrote in an email. “I would be absolutely delighted to hold her while I teach, so that you can still pay attention to the class and take notes.”

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King shared the heartwarming response on Twitter, where it quickly went viral.

“I’m literally crying,” wrote King.

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