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Lung Cancer Workshop IX: A Policy Perspective

Posted by Laurie Fenton Ambrose, President & CEO, Lung Cancer Alliance on May 11th, 2012 | No Comments »
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Lung Cancer Alliance was thrilled to be able to participate in Prevent Cancer Foundation’s annual Lung Cancer Workshop on Quantitative Applications for CT Imaging for Early Lung Cancer Management. This was our sixth year of attendance and we came away with an even deeper understanding of and respect for the research and researchers engaged in this important and life-saving work. Lung Cancer Alliance was asked to help lead the “policy perspective” discussion among this diverse group ...

Turning Grief into Action: A Father Talks about the Need for Greater Testicular Cancer Awareness

Posted by Jim Wood, Director, Digital Media on April 12th, 2012 | 4 Comments »
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[caption id="attachment_6938" align="alignright" width="202" caption="Brad Coleman"][/caption] Brad Coleman was a healthy and active 17 year-old boy who enjoyed fishing, hunting and riding ATVs in his native western Tennessee. In October 2008 he began complaining of severe headaches that were initially attributed to a family history of migraines. By the end of December, Brad’s headaches grew more severe and he was taken to the emergency room in nearby Camden, TN. There it was discovered that he had ...

Spiral CT Scan Cost Effective in Detecting Lung Cancer Early

Posted by PCF Admin on April 11th, 2012 | No Comments »
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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 ...

Colon Cancer Screening Rates Down Among Obese White Women

Posted by Prevent Cancer Foundation Staff on April 10th, 2012 | No Comments »
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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 ...