The latest Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer from 1975-2014 was released early online in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Overall, cancer death rates declined in men, women, and children for all major race and ethnic groups. However, death rates for cancers of the liver, pancreas, and brain increased in men.
A new genetic study uncovered genetic variants associated with an increased risk of glioma. Gliomas are brain tumors that grows from the brain’s glial cells and can arise as Grade IV glioblastomas or as lower grade gliomas.
Medulloblastoma is the most common malignant pediatric brain tumor. Researchers at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital are interested in how important a cancer-related protein called Ezh2 can be in both driving and suppressing this tumor type.