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ICYMI: July 31, 2015

Friday, July 31st, 2015

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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

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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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

ICYMI: April 17, 2015

Friday, April 17th, 2015

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Use of E-Cigarettes Rises Sharply Among Teenagers, Report Says

THURSDAY, Apr 16, 2015 (The New York Times) — Kenny, a high school senior in Weston, Fla., likes to puff e-cigarettes during debate practice. Tom, a sophomore in Westchester County, takes them to track practice. Joe, a senior in Jackson, Miss., uses them in the morning before class as a coffee-flavored way to pass the time.

E-cigarettes have arrived in the life of the American teenager.

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‘The Emperor of All Maladies’ ignores a big piece of the story Apr 9, The Boston Globe

New breath test detects stomach cancer Apr 14, Fox News

Does Obesity Explain the High Risk for Prostate Cancer in Black Men? Apr 16, Medscape

Rita Wilson Has Breast Cancer, Undergoes Double Mastectomy and Reconstructive Surgery Apr 14, People

USPSTF Prostate Cancer Screening Guidelines Statement

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

The latest guidelines on prostate cancer screening from the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) indicate that doctors should not recommend routine Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) tests for men of any age. To address questions that men may have about what to do, the Prevent Cancer Foundation encourages men to talk with their doctors about the risks and benefits of prostate cancer testing. Shared decision-making between men and their doctors is the best way to resolve this important health issue.

Researchers are working to improve testing to detect prostate cancer and testing to determine whether prostate cancer is likely to lead to death from the disease. There is no question that in some cases early detection of prostate cancer followed by prompt treatment saves lives. It is also clear that some men are treated for cancers that will never cause them harm, and they must live with possible side effects and complications of treatment. Currently available tests are useful but are not 100 percent accurate. It’s complicated.

To learn more about prostate cancer screening and to help you decide whether to get screened for prostate cancer, the Prevent Cancer Foundation continues to support these recommendations for the early detection of prostate cancer and recommends the American Cancer Society (ACS) Testing for Prostate Cancer guide that can be viewed or downloaded here.