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The Weekly: Colonoscopies during pandemic, Zantac recall and more

Feature story Colonoscopies during coronavirus pandemic: When a screening may be necessary THURSDAY, April 2 (Fox News)—The coronavirus epidemic in the U.S. has many Americans putting a pause on regular life, embracing the new “normal” that is social distancing and remaining home-bound. But the epidemic has also delayed important medical-related screenings, as the Centers for Disease Control […]

The Weekly: COVID19, lung cancer screening and more

Feature story AI program could check blood for signs of lung cancer WEDNESDAY, March 26 (The Guardian)—Scientists have developed an artificial intelligence program that can screen people for lung cancer by analysing their blood for DNA mutations that drive the disease. The software is experimental and needs to be verified in a clinical trial, but doctors are hopeful […]

The Weekly, March 20, 2020

Feature story The dilemmas facing cancer doctors and patients in the coronavirus pandemic FRIDAY, March 20 (Vox)—Silver Leo has been trying to keep her young children, ages 3 and 9, entertained at home since March 13, when their public schools in Alexandria, Virginia, announced closures. Child care is a challenge for a lot of parents these days, but […]

The Weekly, March 13, 2020

Feature story U.S. Sees Uneven Progress in Fight Against Cancer THURSDAY, March 12 (U.S. News & World Report)—Death rates from the disease are down, but obesity threatens to curb those gains. Cancer mortality rates have continued to fall in the U.S. in recent years, even as the number of deaths rise and new diagnoses remain relatively steady, according […]

The Weekly, March 6, 2020

Feature story Colorectal cancer is on the rise among young adults. Doctors want to know why THURSDAY, March 5 (Today Show)—Many people think of colorectal cancer as an older person’s disease, but an alarming spike in the number of younger Americans being diagnosed is prompting calls to start screening earlier. March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, a campaign […]

The Weekly, February 28, 2020

Feature story Repurposing Drugs to Fight Cancer TUESDAY, Feb. 25 (The New York Times)—While doctors are allowed to use drugs approved for one disease to treat another condition, many don’t because approval to do so doesn’t appear on the label. But that may be changing. In other news… Virginia Woman Survives Breast Cancer With Experimental Vaccine Feb. […]

The Weekly, February 21, 2020

Feature story Cancer cases on the rise globally, but not equally, WHO report says MONDAY, Feb. 17 (CNN)—In the next two decades, the world could see a 60% increase in the number of cancer cases, according to a new report from the World Health Organization. In low- and middle-income countries, the increase could be as high as […]

The Weekly, February 14, 2020

Feature story High Lifetime Number of Sexual Partners Linked to Increased Cancer Risk THURSDAY, Feb. 13 (The New York Times)—People who have had 10 or more sexual partners during their lifetime may have increased odds of being diagnosed with cancer, a new study suggests. Women, in particular, had nearly twice the risk when they had 10 […]

The Weekly, February 7, 2020

Feature story Landmark study to transform cancer treatment WEDNESDAY, Feb. 5, 2020 (BBC)—More than a thousand scientists have built the most detailed picture of cancer ever in a landmark study. They said cancer was like a 100,000-piece jigsaw, and that until today, 99% of the pieces were missing. In other news… When the Teenager or Young […]

The Weekly, January 31, 2020

Feature story Lung-Cancer Screening Saves Heavy Smokers’ Lives, Study Finds WEDNESDAY, Jan. 29, 2020 (The Wall Street Journal)—Screening for lung cancer reduces deaths among current and former heavy smokers, according to a new study published Wednesday that adds to the evidence supporting wider testing. The study, conducted by researchers in the Netherlands and Belgium and published […]