Posts Tagged ‘Skin Cancer’

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: June 12, 2015

Friday, June 12th, 2015

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Just 1 shot of HPV vaccine may prevent cervical cancer

WEDNESDAY, June 10, 2015 (CBS News) — Protecting girls from cervical cancer might be possible with just one dose of the HPV vaccine rather than the three now recommended, a new analysis suggests.

The authors of the study acknowledged it isn’t convincing enough to change vaccination strategies immediately. But if their results are confirmed, requiring just one dose of the vaccine could have a big impact on how many girls around the world get immunized.

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DNA Test Detects Cancer During Pregnancy Jun 8, U.S. News & World Report

New Clues for Detecting Colorectal Cancers Earlier Jun 8, The Wall Street Journal

New study reveals skin cancer more likely to appear on normal skin, not just on moles Jun 9, Pix 11

Help catch skin cancer early with this potentially life-saving, $100 smartphone accessory  Jun 10, Digital Trends

ICYMI: June 5, 2015

Friday, June 5th, 2015

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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 15, 2015

Friday, May 15th, 2015

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Frequent tanner shares grisly skin-cancer selfie [WARNING: This article contains images that some readers may find disturbing]

WEDNESDAY, May 13, 2015 (CNN) — Tawny Willoughby grew up in small-town Kentucky, where, she said, it was normal to use a tanning bed four or five times a week.

“I had my own personal tanning bed in my home, and so did a lot of my friends growing up. … Everyone tanned,” Willoughby said. “I didn’t really even think about the future or skin cancer at the time.”

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HPV and the new cancer risks you need to know about May 13, FOX News

Americans could soon be thanking Fidel Castro for their revolutionary cancer drugs May 12, The Washington Post

New HPV Vaccine Can Prevent 80% of Cervical Cancers May 12, Yahoo! Health

Sandra Lee, TV Host and Gov. Cuomo’s Girlfriend, Has Breast Cancer May 12, The New York Times

ICYMI: May 1, 2015

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

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Surgeon General Vivek Murthy wants to move U.S. health care toward a ‘prevention-based society’ Apr. 23, 2015 (The Washington Post) — My overarching goal is to get every individual, every institution and every sector in America…to ask themselves the question [of] what they can do to improve the health and the strength of our nation.

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Childhood Obesity Is Associated With Just A Single Hour Of TV A Day Apr. 27, The Huffington Post

Breastfeeding may change women’s breast cancer risk Apr. 29, CBS News

Why New England Is Such a Hotbed for Skin Cancer Apr. 28, Boston.com

The Great Success And Enduring Dilemma Of Cervical Cancer Screening Apr. 30, NPR

ICYMI: April 10, 2015

Monday, April 13th, 2015

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Taylor Swift’s mother has cancer and wants you to tell your mom to get screened, too

THURSDAY, April 9, 2015 (The Washington Post) — Taylor Swift asked for an unusual Christmas present last year: She wanted her mother, Andrea Finlay, to go to a doctor to “get screened for any health issues.” On Thursday, Swift said that the results of those screenings came back, and that her mom “has been diagnosed with cancer.”

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An audacious attempt to cure pancreatic cancer Apr. 7, Fortune

Summer Sanders: Melanoma Caught Me By Surprise–Don’t Let It Happen To You Apr. 8, The Cauldron 

All Breast Cancer Mutations Are Not Equal Apr. 7, NBC News

Skin Cancer Removal With Miniaturized Radiation Apr. 6, The Wall Street Journal

“Don’t Fry Day” Kicks Off the Summer Season

Friday, May 27th, 2011

(ALEXANDRIA, Va.)—To combat the nation’s rising skin cancer rates, the Prevent Cancer Foundation is partnering with the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention to promote the Friday before Memorial Day, May 27 as “Don’t Fry Day.”  The Prevent Cancer Foundation’s new interactive web resource, “Save Your Skin”, is a great source for sun safety-tips.

“Save Your Skin”, underwritten by Bristol Myers Squibb, provides a wide variety of sun safety tools—allowing visitors to easily check the UV index in their area, or even download smart phone apps to stay informed while on-the-go. There are also quizzes, video messages and other tools to educate the public on skin checks and sun protection.

Most skin cancer is caused by damage from the sun’s UV rays. This year, 68,000 people will be diagnosed with melanoma—the most dangerous type of skin cancer—and nearly 12,000 will die of the disease.

May is also National Cancer Research Month, which recognizes the important science that drives the fields of cancer prevention and treatment. In addition to this key research, the public must educate themselves—lowering their own cancer risk by making smart and healthy lifestyle choices.

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About Prevent Cancer Foundation
Founded in 1985, Prevent Cancer Foundation is one of the nation’s leading health organizations that has catapulted cancer prevention to prominence. Since its inception, the Foundation has provided more than $120 million in support of cancer prevention and early detection research, education and community outreach programs across the country.

For more information, please visit www.preventcancer.org.