Posts Tagged ‘cancer prevention’

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


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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

ICYMI: July 24, 2015

Friday, July 24th, 2015


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More evidence smoking raises risk of death from breast cancer
WEDNESDAY, July 22, 2015 (FOX News) — Long-time smokers may face an increased risk of death if they develop breast cancer, according to a Japanese study that adds to a growing body of evidence highlighting the lethal effects of cigarettes.

Among more than 800 women with breast cancer, those who had smoked for more than two decades had at least triple the odds of dying of any cause, or from breast cancer in particular, compared with women who never used cigarettes.

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Only One State Currently Requires HPV Vaccine to Prevent Cancer Jul 14, Healthline

Additional Radiation Reduces Breast-Cancer Recurrence for Some Patients Jul 20, Newswise

Geography plays a role in early cancer diagnosis Jul 23, Consumer Affairs

How to protect yourself from rising cases of skin cancer Jul 22, WNCN

ICYMI: July 17, 2015

Friday, July 17th, 2015


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Gardasil HPV Vaccine Safety Assessed In Most Comprehensive Study To Date WEDNESDAY, July 15, 2015 (Forbes) — The largest review of the available evidence on the quadrivalent, or four-strain, HPV vaccine Gardasil, has found no evidence of any serious short-term or long-term safety issues. Bringing together the findings from clinical trials, post-licensure studies and data presented at scientific meetings but not yet published, the researchers focused particularly on autoimmune diseases, nervous system disorders, anaphylaxis, blood clots and stroke – but none of them is caused by the vaccine, they found.

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Here’s the Amount of Exercise That Lowers Breast Cancer Risk Jul 16, TIME

One Woman’s Story Highlights the Hidden Skin Cancer Risks for People of Color Jul 13, Yahoo! Health

Lung Cancer Patients Who Quit Smoking Live Longer Jul 16, U.S. News & World Report

Glasses that make cancer glow Jul 15, FOX News

ICYMI: July 10, 2015

Monday, July 13th, 2015


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Americans’ Risk of Dying From Cancer Is Falling, CDC Finds

THURSDAY, July 2, 2015 (U.S. News & World Report) — The risk that any one American will die from cancer — the cancer death rate — is going down, regardless of sex or race, a new government study reports.

However, because the United States has a growing aging population, the overall number of people dying from cancer is on the rise, officials from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported.

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Sensor chip could lead to more accurate prostate cancer diagnoses Jul 9, Medical News Today

The 3 hot spots in the U.S. with the highest colon cancer death rates Jul 8, The Washington Post

A Perfect Blood Test For Pancreatic Cancer? Jul 6, Forbes

Be Aware: Your Tattoos Could Cause False-Positive Results for Cancer Jul 5, Yahoo! Health

New Recommendations Could Limit Women’s Access to Life Saving Cancer Screenings

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) released new guidelines for breast cancer screenings in April 2015. They’re recommendations suggest women don’t need to start getting mammograms until age 50. They further recommend women ages 50-74 receive mammograms once every two years. Currently, it’s recommended that women receive a mammogram every year after they turn 40. If Congress approves these guidelines, thousands of breast cancer cases could go undetected until late, less-treatable stages. When detected early, the five-year survival rate for breast cancer is 99%- early detection saves lives.

The Affordable Care Act requires insurance companies to cover procedures given a grade “B” or higher by the USPSTF. They gave mammograms a “C” grade and a “B” grade to biennial screenings for women 50-74. These new guidelines will force women to pay out of pocket for yearly mammograms which is particularly threatening to underserved and rural areas.

The Task Force also found the evidence regarding 3D mammography to be insufficient giving this form of screening an “I” grade. They dismissed hundreds of peer-reviewed publications that clearly and consistently show 3D mammography significantly increases the detection of invasive cancer while reducing false positive recall rates – both of which are key concerns about traditional mammograms raised by the Task Force. Insurance companies could have less incentive to cover the cost of a 3D mammogram, despite the fact that Medicare already pays for these important tests. You can review the proposed recommendations in more detail here.

This year, 30% of newly diagnosed cancer in women will be breast cancers. Unless Congress acts, women ages 40 – 49 could lose health insurance coverage without cost sharing for mammograms and be forced to cover costs themselves. To urge Congress to dismiss these draft recommendations, you can sign this petition.

We invite you to share this link with your colleagues and on social media channels including #preventcancer and #stoptheguidelines in your posts. Here are some sample posts.


How many cancers are we willing to miss? Sign a petition to protect women’s access to quality care and #mammograms


Of the approximately 40,000 women who die from breast cancer each year, up to 10,000 had cancer that potentially could have been diagnosed with screening mammography prior to the age of 50. Sign a petition to Congress urging it to block new proposed recommendations that could limit access to mammograms

ICYMI: June 19, 2015

Friday, June 19th, 2015


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Wearable Devices to Prevent Sunburn

TUESDAY, June 16, 2015 (The New York Times) — Could new technology succeed where years of public health messages, doctor warnings and nagging moms have failed — to keep us safe from too much sun?

We have all heard about the devastating effects of ultraviolet radiation. It burns, ages, wrinkles, and can even cause cancer. There are 3.5 million cases of skin cancer in the United States each year, yet fewer than one third of people use sunscreen regularly, according to a May report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Cancer screening increase may reflect Affordable Care Act provision June 16, Oncology Nurse Advisor

Abdominal Blood Clots Found To Be Indicators Of Liver, Pancreatic Cancer June 18, Medical Daily

You Asked: Can Deodorant Give You Cancer? June 17, TIME

Study links pesticide DDT to higher breast cancer risk June 17, Yahoo! News

ICYMI: June 5, 2015

Friday, June 5th, 2015


Skin Cancer Rates Doubled in the Last 30 Years

WEDNESDAY, June 3, 2015 (TIME) — The rate of diagnoses for the deadliest form of skin cancer has more than doubled since the early 1980s, greatly raising the cost of medical care.

According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study released Tuesday, the melanoma rate has increased from 11.2 cases per 100,000 people in 1982 to 22.7 cases per 100,000 in 2011.

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Signs and risk factors of bladder cancer June 1, FOX

A new way to study cancer and its treatments June 1, The Washington Post

How Weights and Cardio Cut Breast Cancer Risk June 4, Shape

New Research Suggests That Pre-Existing Inflammation May Promote the Spread of Cancer June 2, Newswise

ICYMI: May 22, 2015

Friday, May 22nd, 2015


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Two Women, Two Results: The Agonizing Wait for Cancer Gene Tests

TUESDAY, May 19, 2015 (NBC News) — The waiting room at Invision Sally Jobe, a clinic near Denver, is nicely decorated, bright and comfortable. But Lori Heid doesn’t look comfortable sitting in a corner chair, waiting to be called in for her appointment.

“I’m extremely nervous right now,” she said. “Anticipation more than anything. And probably the fear of the unknown. At least once I have my results, I’ll have options.”

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How a Common Childhood Vaccine Helps Ward Off Cancer
May 21, TIME

Israeli researchers find way to detect colon cancer by routine blood test
May 13, Haaretz

New test could sharply reduce risky, costly lung cancer biopsies
May 17, The Washington Post

‘Something wasn’t right': Cancer patient’s photo of her breast goes viral
May 20, Today