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The Weekly: Sitting and cancer, lawsuits and more

June 26, 2020

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Sitting All Day May Increase Your Risk of Dying From Cancer

Sitting All Day May Increase Your Risk of Dying From Cancer

WEDNESDAY, June 24 (The New York Times)—Sitting for hours on end could heighten someone’s risk of later dying from cancer, according to a sobering new study of the relationship between inactivity and cancer mortality. The study was epidemiological, providing a snapshot of people’s lives, so it cannot prove cause and effect. But the findings suggest that extremely sedentary people can be as much as 80 percent more likely to die of cancer than those who sit the least.

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Foundation News

The HPV vaccine: preventing cancer for over a decade

The HPV vaccine: preventing cancer for over a decade

This June, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officially approved Merck’s GARDISIL 9, an HPV vaccine for pre-teens and young adults, for the prevention of certain oropharyngeal and head and neck cancers.

This is a big step in cancer prevention because year over year, oropharyngeal cancer caused by HPV has been on the rise. This new approval helps the public understand the severity of HPV, which could help increase vaccination rates and prevent avoidable cancer diagnoses.

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