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Spiral CT Scan Cost Effective in Detecting Lung Cancer Early

Posted by PCF Admin on April 11th, 2012 | No Comments »
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Early Detection - The annual death rate for lung cancer is higher than cervical, prostate, colon and breast cancers combined, yet screening for those cancers is widely accepted and screening for lung cancer is not. A recent study by Dr. James Mulshine and researchers at the Rush University Medical Center, published in the April 2012 issue of Health Affairs, found that low-dose spiral CT screening would greatly reduce lung cancer mortality and cost less than other standard cancer screenings. Since spiral CT can detect early-stage lung cancer, cancer-related death could be reduced 20 percent if people at high risk received three annual screenings. Catching cancer in its early stages would result in earlier and lower treatment costs as well as a lower mortality rate. Read the full News-Medical.net article.

2012 Dialogue for Action: Improving the Health of our Communities

Posted by Sarah Abou-El-Seoud, Programs Associate on April 10th, 2012 | No Comments »
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Conferences - On March 21-23, 2012, the Prevent Cancer Foundation held its 14th annual Dialogue for Action on Colorectal Cancer Screening: Today’s Progress, Tomorrow’s Challenge in Baltimore, Maryland. The conference brought together 200 passionate people—doctors, nurses, surgeons, community health workers, staff of state health departments, insurers and more from across the country—all committed to increasing colorectal cancer (CRC) screening! [caption id="attachment_6897" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Dialogue 2012 attendees discuss crc screening quality and cost."][/caption] The Dialogue for Action is a highly ...

Colon Cancer Screening Rates Down Among Obese White Women

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Early Detection - Researchers at Johns Hopkins recently released results of a study that found obese white women less likely than non-obese, white women or any African-American group to get screened for colon cancer. These findings mirror past results that indicate white obese women more unlikely to get mammograms or Pap tests. Obesity is a risk factor for both colon cancer incidence and mortality so the low screening rates among this group is especially alarming. One potential reason is ...

Training – the First Step to Getting Active This Spring

Posted by Prevent Cancer Foundation Staff on April 9th, 2012 | No Comments »
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Exercise Daily - As the weather gets warmer, more and more people are getting off their couches, heading outside and jumping into their favorite outdoor sport. But before you do, you need to prepare your body for the lifestyle change from sedentary, indoor winter to active, outdoor spring. Josh Lyon, personal training director at 24-Hour Fitness, recommends starting with cardio, strength, alignment and flexibility. Lashaun Dale, the national creative group fitness manager at Equinox gym, recommends circuit classes and ...