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Research progress report: A blood test for lung cancer

Posted by Lisa Berry on November 24th, 2014 | No Comments »
Sharon Pine

Research - Dr. Sharon Pine shares her progress as she investigates biomarkers for lung cancer prevention and early detection. Lung cancer causes more deaths than any other cancer. An estimated 159,260 Americans are expected to die from lung cancer in 2014, accounting for about 27% of all cancer deaths. In support of Lung Cancer Awareness Month, we asked Foundation research awardee Sharon Pine, Ph.D., of Rutgers University, to give us an update on her study of biomarkers for early detection of lung cancer. Her project investigates whether a non-invasive blood test will predict who is at increased risk of developing lung cancer. In order to accomplish this, her team will examine specific mitochondrial DNA mutations. These mutations can identify people who are more sensitive than others to many types of cancer-causing agents, including carcinogens, smoking, repeated infections and chronic stress. 1. What led to your interest in lung cancer prevention research? There is a great need to improve lung cancer awareness and prevention. Lung cancer in never-smokers is the fifth leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S., yet there is often a stigma attached to lung cancer patients and survivors. As someone with a family history of lung cancer, and as a scientist, I view my passion ...

Give Thanks by Staying Active This Holiday

Posted by Lisa BerryLisa Berry on November 21st, 2014 | No Comments »
The author and her brother get ready for their annual family football game on Thanksgiving Day.

Exercise Daily - Left: The author and her brother get ready for their annual family football game on Thanksgiving Day.   Thanksgiving is a day of gratitude. It seems counter-intuitive then, that as we give thanks for our blessings—our health, I hope, chief among them—that we do not make an effort to live healthfully on this day. In fact, most of us do quite the opposite, eating rich foods to the point of discomfort and moving little. It’s not the only ...

Support Cancer Prevention and Early Detection While You Shop

Posted by Lisa BerryLisa Berry on November 18th, 2014 | No Comments »
Amazon Smile

Foundation News - The holidays are almost here, and many of us will be avoiding the long lines at the mall and doing our holiday shopping online instead. If you shop on Amazon, then you can check items off your to-do list AND support the Prevent Cancer Foundation at the same time! The Prevent Cancer Foundation has an ongoing partnership with AmazonSmile, a simple and automatic way for you to support the Prevent Cancer Foundation every time you shop, ...

Need health insurance? Now is the time to act!

Posted by Elizabeth HofflerElizabeth Hoffler on November 14th, 2014 | No Comments »

Advocacy - Remember these dates—November 15, 2014 to February 15, 2015. This is the window of “open enrollment” when individuals can purchase a new health insurance plan or change their existing plan. This means that if you are currently uninsured, it’s important that you act now to purchase healthcare coverage. If you already purchased health insurance, you should review your current situation to make sure that you have the right coverage. This applies to plans that were created under health ...