New bladder cancer screening tool detects more tumors in early stages

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Blue light cystoscopy (Cysview) reveals more than traditional white light cystoscopy since the bladder cancer cells that become visible in blue light may be invisible with traditional white light. A cystoscopy is a diagnostic procedure used to examine the bladder. Ashish Kamat, M.D., associate professor in Urology at MD Anderson Cancer Center, explains why blue light cystoscopy is so effective in detecting bladder cancer and discusses this disease in general.

SNP Linked to Bladder Cancer Risk, Telomere Length

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At AACR 2011, Jian Gu, Ph.D., of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center discusses his research connecting a single point of genetic variation to both lower bladder cancer risk and the length of telomeres -- protective tips on the ends of chromosomes. Short telomeres are associated with age-related diseases, including some cancers. Gu's findings are the first to connect a SNP to cancer risk and telomere length.