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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 ...

CT Scans Significantly Reduce Lung Cancer Deaths

Posted by Carolyn R. Aldigé, President and Founder on November 4th, 2010 | 1 Comment »
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This morning the National Cancer Institute (NCI) released the initial results of the National Lung Screening Trial, a large-scale, NCI-sponsored test of screening methods to reduce deaths from lung cancer by detecting cancers at earlier, more treatable stages. More than 53,000 people at high risk of developing lung cancer were screened by either chest X-ray or low-dose spiral CT scans.  The study found twenty percent fewer lung cancer deaths among trial participants screened with low-dose spiral-CT. These ...

Is There a Magic Bullet to Prevent Cancer?

Posted by Jan Bresch, Exec. V.P. & COO on November 3rd, 2010 | 2 Comments »
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If you see, read or hear medical news on television, magazines or the Web, you will find, almost daily, some cancer research study being published, or referred to, by those who seek to capitalize on those studies to sell their goods and services. In some cases those trying to capitalize will misquote or take the findings out of context, all the while promising that if you buy their product – today – you will live longer and avoid cancer. ...

Clearing the Air on Lung Cancer Risk Factors and Prevention

Posted by PCF Admin on November 2nd, 2010 | No Comments »
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Did you know lung cancer kills more people per year than breast, prostate, colon and pancreatic cancers combined? While it is true that not smoking is a major way to prevent lung cancer, we want to clear the air on a few other important preventive measures one can take to stay healthy. And there’s no better time to do so than during Lung Cancer Awareness month! Since 2004, the Prevent Cancer Foundation has hosted a series ...