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Reduce your risk: Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Posted by Lisa Berry on November 3rd, 2014 | No Comments »
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(PHOTO LICENSE) During my sophomore year of college, I watched the ease of cigarette addiction. My hallmate, Jason, started smoking. It was only occasional at first. He would bum a cigarette at a party now and then. Then it was “only when he drank” (which, in college, was easily three days a week). His smoking slowly increased until he was smoking a pack a day. He tried to quit during finals week, but the stress of exams ...

Lung cancer CT scans: For older, heavy smokers

Posted by Prevent Cancer Foundation Staff on January 23rd, 2013 | No Comments »
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New lung cancer screening guidelines from the American Cancer Society recommend annual CT lung scans (low dose computed tomography) for people ages 55 to 74 who have smoked a pack of cigarettes a day for 30 years or the equivalent, such as two packs a day for 15 years. Research shows that screening these people can cut the risk of dying of lung cancer by 20%. The recommendations also emphasize that individuals should discuss the ...

Military Women May Experience Greater Risks for Breast Cancer

Posted by Prevent Cancer Foundation Staff on October 12th, 2012 | No Comments »
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Soldiers may seem invincible, but when it comes to breast cancer, many female soldiers are at greater risk than their civilian counterparts. A recent study at Walter Reed Medical Center revealed military women are 20 to 40 percent more likely to face a breast cancer diagnosis than other women in the same age group. Research suggests that increased exposure to risk factors such as oral contraception usage, toxic chemicals and industrial jobs could explain the ...

New Colon Cancer Test May Increase Screening Numbers

Posted by Prevent Cancer Foundation Staff on June 14th, 2012 | No Comments »
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Getting screened for colorectal cancer is important for the prevention and early detection of the disease. However, too many Americans who should be screened are failing to do so. In 2010, only 59% of Americans who should have been screened for colorectal cancer were, compared to 67% for breast cancer and 76% for cervical cancer. During an optical colonoscopy, required every 10 years, a doctor inserts a scope into the colon to detect and remove small ...