Posts Tagged ‘cancer prevention’

ICYMI: October 9, 2015

Friday, October 9th, 2015


Study Finds Antioxidants Doubled Spread of Skin Cancer in Mice

THURSDAY, October 8, 2015 (The Wall Street Journal) — A new study has shown antioxidants doubled the spread of melanoma in mice—adding fresh evidence that taking antioxidant vitamin supplements may fuel the growth of cancer cells.

Researchers at the Sahlgrenska Academy in Gothenburg have found that the antioxidant N-acetylcysteine or NAC, which is available in some nutritional supplements, doubled the rate at which malignant melanoma–the most serious form of skin cancer–spread to the lymph nodes of mice. Repeating the experiment in human cells grown in lab cups, the scientists found that cancerous skin cells inserted with NAC and vitamin E, another strong antioxidant, became better at invading adjacent tissue.

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Elephants: Large, Long-Living and Less Prone to Cancer Oct 8, The New York Times

Yes, Early Breast Cancer Detection Does Matter, New Study Finds Oct 9, Forbes

Nobel discoveries on DNA repair now fueling cancer drug research Oct 8, FOX News

Indoor Tanning, Skin Cancer Rates on Rise Among Gay, Bisexual Men Oct 8, Newsweek

Platinum Award- Outstanding Contribution to Healthcare: 2015

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

The Medical Marketing & Media Awards recognize exceptional contribution to healthcare by an individual, a team, an organization, association or other relevant group

Platinum Award

Carolyn “Bo” Aldigé, founder, president and CEO of the Prevent Cancer Foundation

For 30 years visionary public health advocate and humanitarian Carolyn R. (“Bo”) Aldigé has been steadfastly focused on helping save lives through cancer prevention.

Aldigé has noted that in the 1980s everyone seemed almost exclusively focused on finding a magic bullet cure for cancer. In 1985, the year after cancer claimed her father’s life, Aldigé envisioned an organization that would solely focus on cancer prevention and early detection. She founded the Prevent Cancer Foundation in memory of her father. Her vision, driven through the foundation, shifted thinking around cancer and has indeed helped save countless lives.

To date the foundation has invested nearly $140 million in research, education, advocacy and community outreach programs.

Funding has been awarded to more than 400 researchers at 150 leading academic medical centers. Many of these researchers have gone on to do great things, including work on the HPV vaccine, the breast-cancer drug Tamoxifen and LDCT lung scans.

The foundation has also developed innovative ways to reach and educate multiple audiences and its leaders work tirelessly to educate and engage lawmakers.

Aldigé’s service extends well beyond her own orga­nization. She has served on boards of directors/advisers of eight National Cancer Institute–desig­nated Cancer Centers. She’s been a C-Change member since its inception. Additionally, she serves as vice-chairman of the Global Lung Cancer Coali­tion (GLCC), sits on the executive committee of the International Digestive Cancer Alliance and is a member of the board of directors of the International Society for Cancer Prevention.

Numerous nonprofit organizations and cancer centers, as well as the National Cancer Institute, have honored Aldigé. She is the only person to have received public service awards from the American Association for Cancer Research, the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Society of Preventive Oncology.

ICYMI: October 2, 2015

Friday, October 2nd, 2015


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A Blood Test for Early Cancer Detection Sparks Debate

MONDAY, September 28, 2015 (Wall Street Journal) — Scientists have long dreamed of spotting cancers with a simple blood test in people who haven’t shown symptoms.

One company says that day is here—though it has yet to convince government regulators.

Pathway Genomics began marketing a blood test in mid-September that it says can detect DNA fragments linked to 10 common cancers in otherwise healthy people. Consumers can order the test directly from the company’s website by consulting with Pathway physicians and completing a questionnaire.

But many cancer experts—and competitors—say the Pathway test is far from scientifically proven and could cause unnecessary alarm.

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What Would You Do If You Found Out You Had The Breast Cancer Gene Mutation? Sept 28, Self magazine

Mom of Goalie Who Died of Cancer Wants Answers on Artificial Turf Oct 1, NBC News

Breast cancer: 6 ways to reduce your risk Oct 1, CBS News

CT Scans for Lung Cancer Turn Up Few False-Positives: Study Oct 1, U.S. News & World Report

ICYMI: September 25, 2015

Friday, September 25th, 2015


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Reduced prostate screening could miss advanced tumors

THURSDAY, September 24, 2015 (CBS News) — Relaxed guidelines on prostate cancer screening may delay diagnosis and treatment of aggressive tumors, a new study suggests.

In 2011, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommended against routine prostate specific antigen (PSA) testing, to curb over-diagnosis and overtreatment of prostate cancer. Since then, PSA screening has dropped by 28 percent, the researchers report.

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Sandra Lee is back, says she’s ‘cancer-free’ Sept 22, USA Today This article includes a tweet from the Prevent Cancer Foundation!

“Early detection:” Woman diagnosed with lung cancer says preventative procedure likely saved her life Sept 23, Fox Now

Colorectal Cancer Sept 23, Williamson Daily News

What to know before getting the genetic test for breast cancer Sept 24, Chicago Tribune

ICYMI: September 18, 2015

Friday, September 18th, 2015


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Tracing the Changes in Cancer Prevention Research

FRIDAY, September 11, 2015 (USA Today) — The federal government plays an essential role in funding medical research in the United States, primarily through the National Institutes of Health (NIH). With a current budget of $29.9 billion, funding levels at NIH have been stagnant since 2003 (and have actually dropped by 22 percent, after adjusting for inflation). Cancer funding as a share of the overall NIH budget has also declined— but scientific and public health needs continue to rise.

This article was part of a supplement in USA Today titled, “The Future of Cancer Care.”

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Report: Pesticide exposure linked to childhood cancer and lower IQ Sept 14, CNN

Cancer remains leading cause of death among U.S. Hispanics Sept 16, Reuters

Memo To Candidates: Support For U.S. Cancer Research Crosses Party Lines Sept 16, Forbes

How You Can Put an End to This Hidden Danger on College Campuses Sept 14, Allure

ICYMI: September 4, 2015

Friday, September 4th, 2015


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What to Watch for After Skin Cancer

MONDAY, August 31, 2015 (The Wall Street Journal) — Non-melanoma skin-cancer, already the most common type of cancer in the U.S., puts patients at an increased risk not only for more skin cancer, but for other potentially more serious cancers.

New research shows a sharp rise in non-melanoma skin cancers, so dermatologists and cancer groups are pushing patients who have a history of even one occurrence to be more vigilant about regular checkups. They are emphasizing the need for continued use of sunscreen, sun avoidance and protective clothing, which can help prevent future malignancies even when sun damage has already been done.

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Fewer Americans skipping medical care for cost reasons Sept 1, The Washington Post

Caffeinated Coffee May Reduce Risk of Colon Cancer Recurrence Aug 28, Cure Today

Indoor Tanning and the Myth of a Healthy Tan Sept 1, U.S. News & World Report

More Evidence Agent Orange Causes Cancer Sept 3, NBC News

ICYMI: August 28, 2015

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015


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Blood Test Could Predict Breast Cancer’s Return

THURSDAY, August 27, 2015 (Discovery News) — An experimental blood test may be able to predict whether a woman with breast cancer will suffer a relapse months before new tumors would be detectable on scans, researchers said Wednesday.

The technology, described in the journal Science Translational Medicine, works by detecting cancer DNA that circulates in the bloodstream.

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More Patients Are Hearing the Words: ‘You Have Cancer — Again’ Aug 24, Associated Press

Daily dose of aspirin may cut colon cancer risk — but don’t run to the drugstore just yet Aug 26, The Washington Post

9/11 “Dust Lady,” Marcy Borders, dies of cancer Aug 26, CBS News

White House Is Pressed to Help Widen Access to Hepatitis C Drugs via Medicaid Aug 25, The New York Times

ICYMI: August 14, 2015

Friday, August 14th, 2015


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NIH Funded Study Finds New Way to Detect Breast Cancer
WEDNESDAY, August 12, 2015 (The Hill)

A National Institutes of Health-funded study published Wednesday says researchers have found a way to detect recurrent breast cancer in its early stages.

Researchers at Case Western Reserve University found they could detect fast-growing cancerous tumors using magnetic resonance imaging, or an MRI, and a special contrast solution.

“The approach may offer an improved way to detect early recurrence of breast cancer in women and men,” the NIH said about the study, which was funded through federal grants.

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How Bioinformatics Could Find the Next Breakthrough Cancer Drug Aug. 12, Forbes

Study Identifies Five Different Types of Prostate Cancer Aug. 12, Fox News 

Colorectal Cancer in Adolescents, Young Adults More Likely to Have Had Hereditary Predisposition
Aug. 11, Healio

Former President Jimmy Carter Says He Has Cancer Aug. 12, The New York Times 

ICYMI: August 7, 2015

Friday, August 7th, 2015


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Birth Control Pills Give Women Dramatic Anti-Cancer Benefits WEDNESDAY, August 5, 2015 (Forbes)– Women now have a surprising new reason to go on the pill.

Birth control pills have been around since the 1960s, when they offered women a revolutionary degree of control over their reproductive capabilities. Over the years, the formulation of “the pill” has changed, but it remains one of the most widely used, and most effective, forms of pregnancy prevention.

This week, a very large new study in The Lancet Oncology reported that use of birth control pills provides a significant, and surprisingly large, reduction in the risk of endometrial cancer. The benefit lasts for decades–women who used the pill in the 1960s have the same reduction in cancer rates as women who took it more recently. This is very good news for women.

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The alluring idea that we can cure cancer has become a trap Aug. 6, The Washington Post

U.S. bill would delay USPSTF mammo recommendations Aug. 3, Aunt Minnie

Veterans returning from Middle East face higher skin cancer risk Aug.3, Medical Xpress

Long-Term Ovarian Cancer Survival Higher Than Thought Aug. 4, Newswise

ICYMI: July 31, 2015

Friday, July 31st, 2015


Feature Story

This week’s feature story is from the current issue of Newsweek magazine “Curing Cancer.” Check out the issue for more articles on cancer prevention, health disparities, early detection and treatment.

The Cancer Epidemic in Central Appalachia

SUNDAY, July 19, 2015 (Newsweek) — Seen from above, the Appalachian Mountains jut from the earth like a spine curving through the eastern U.S., reaching north into Canada and south into Mississippi. For most Americans, this lush region conjures the strum of a banjo, the songs of Loretta Lynn and the gentle twang of a thick mountain accent. A closer listen reveals other, more disconcerting noises: the raspy voices, heavy wheezing and sighs of resignation that so frequently accompany a diagnosis of lung cancer.

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Black Men are Twice as Likely to Die of Prostate Cancer as White Men Jul 30, TIME

Early Detection of Ovarian Cancer Jul 29, Huffington Post blog

Yale study identifies ‘major player’ in skin cancer genes Jul 27, Yale News

Strange circular DNA may offer way to detect cancers Jul 29, University of Virginia Health System