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Arlen Specter: Steadfast Champion of Medical Research

Posted by Lisa Hughes, Senior Director, Policy & Advocacy on October 15th, 2012 | No Comments »
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Throughout his long and distinguished career, Senator Arlen Specter was someone that you wanted on your side. Prevent Cancer Foundation and our colleagues in the health advocacy community are grateful that he was, as a steadfast champion of medical research. [caption id="attachment_8417" align="alignright" width="220"] U.S. Senator Arlen Specter[/caption] Throughout his term in the United States Senate, which spanned three decades, Senator Specter supported funding for biomedical research, embryonic stem cell research and access to quality care for ...

Smokers, Drinkers may Develop Pancreatic Cancer Earlier in Life

Posted by Prevent Cancer Foundation Staff on October 12th, 2012 | No Comments »
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A recent study published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology discovered that heavy smokers and heavy drinkers are at greater risk for developing pancreatic cancer. Looking at pancreatic cancer patients and high-risk individuals, researchers found heavy drinkers and heavy smokers were diagnosed 10 to 12 years earlier than the average age of detection, 72 years old. The study also discovered that after 10 years of giving up these habits, former smokers and drinkers did not ...

Tanning Beds Cause Alarming Number of Skin Cancer Cases in the U.S.

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A study conducted at UC San Francisco discovered indoor tanning is responsible each year for over 170,000 cases of non-melanoma skin cancer, the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the U.S. Findings also indicated that tanning bed users were more likely to develop certain types of skin cancers than non-users, with the highest risk among young adults. Though local and national government efforts have recently attempted to regulate indoor tanning by implementing a tanning tax or banning ...

Military Women May Experience Greater Risks for Breast Cancer

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Soldiers may seem invincible, but when it comes to breast cancer, many female soldiers are at greater risk than their civilian counterparts. A recent study at Walter Reed Medical Center revealed military women are 20 to 40 percent more likely to face a breast cancer diagnosis than other women in the same age group. Research suggests that increased exposure to risk factors such as oral contraception usage, toxic chemicals and industrial jobs could explain the ...