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Think You Can Put Off that Routine Annual Checkup? Think Again.

Posted by U.S. Congressman Jim McGovern on December 1st, 2010 | No Comments »
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We are all busy – between work, kids, family and friends, schedules book up fast. For me, this year was particularly hectic due to an unusually tough political climate. My reelection campaign was an additional demand on top of the usual congressional schedule and family commitments. It would have been easy to postpone my routine annual medical checkup until after the November election or beyond. But I’m glad I didn’t. In August, I scheduled and kept the appointment ...

Lung Cancer Survivor’s Story: Don’t Ignore the Symptoms

Posted by Laura McCracken, Guest Blogger on November 29th, 2010 | 8 Comments »
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I'm too busy to have cancer! With a full-time job, house, social life, dating, cycling and traveling, how do you put it all on pause for an illness? Back in 2007, I was burning the candle at both ends. I felt so tired and achy all of the time, so I stopped exercising because I didn't have the energy. It seemed to all spiral down after that. In August 2007, I kept having pains in my chest, ...

Lung Cancer Screening Advances: Life-Saving Information the At-Risk Need to Know

Posted by James L. Mulshine, M.D., Professor of Internal Medicine, Associate Provost of Research, Rush University Medical Center on November 22nd, 2010 | No Comments »
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Earlier this month, the big news about the 20% reduction in lung cancer in a high-risk population that took part in the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) has been widely covered by the media.  In the wake of the announced positive results of early detection of lung cancer with spiral CT scans, a number of commentators have commented on the potential harms of engaging in lung cancer screening. While there are critical issues that relate to the ...

Leading Cancer Organizations Urge Lung Cancer Screening Guidelines Review

Posted by Lisa Hughes, Senior Director, Policy and Advocacy on November 19th, 2010 | No Comments »
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The Prevent Cancer Foundation joined with the Lung Cancer Alliance and the American Legacy Foundation to send a letter to Carolyn M. Clancy M.D., the Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), urging the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) to take immediate action to change their current rating for CT scans. The USPSTF is an independent panel of primary care providers that publish “Recommendation Statements” on all cancer screenings. The USPSTF’s guidelines ...