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The Weekly: Biden seeks to end cancer, women’s healthcare waylaid, and more

Feature story Biden says U.S. will seek to ‘end cancer as we know it’ after Covid pandemic FRIDAY, February 19, 2021 (CNBC)—President Joe Biden said Friday that once the coronavirus pandemic has been defeated, his administration will target another deadly disease: cancer. “I want you to know that, once we beat Covid, we’re going to do everything […]

The Weekly: Bob Dole announces lung cancer, breast cancer death in young women, and more

Feature story Bob Dole, Republicans’ 1996 presidential nominee, has advanced lung cancer. THURSDAY, February 18, 2021 (The New York Times)—Bob Dole, the former senator and 1996 Republican presidential nominee, announced on Thursday that he had advanced lung cancer. “Recently, I was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer,” Mr. Dole said in a statement. “My first treatment will […]

The Weekly: Will AI worsen disparities, parents and the HPV vaccine, and more

Feature story Could AI tools for breast cancer worsen disparities? Patchy public data in FDA filings fuel concern THURSDAY, February 11, 2021 (STAT)—The great hope of artificial intelligence in breast cancer is that it can distinguish harmless lesions from those likely to become malignant. By scanning millions of pixels, AI promises to help physicians find an answer […]

The Weekly: Breast cancer tops lung cancer, cancer patients and COVID vaccines, and more

Feature story Breast cancer tops lung cancer as most diagnosed cancer in the world, new report says THURSDAY, February 4, 2021 (CNN)—Breast cancer in women has surpassed lung cancer as the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the world, according to a new report. The paper, published in the CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians on Thursday, estimates […]

The Weekly: Lung cancer in never-smokers, colorectal cancer health disparities, and more

Feature story ‘But I never smoked’: A growing share of lung cancer cases is turning up in an unexpected population TUESDAY, January 26, 2021 (STAT news)—Breast cancer wouldn’t have surprised her; being among the 1 in 8 women who develop it over their lifetime isn’t statistically improbable. Neither would have colorectal cancer; knowing the risk, Mandi Pike […]

The Weekly: Genes and breast cancer risk, colon cancer screening coverage, and more

Feature story New studies clarify which genes may raise breast cancer risk WEDNESDAY, January 20, 2021 (ABC | The Associated Press)—Two large studies give a much sharper picture of which inherited mutations raise the risk of breast cancer for women without a family history of the disease, and how common these flawed genes are in the general […]

The Weekly: Cancer death rate falls, colonoscopy alternatives, and more

Feature story Cancer Death Rate in U.S. Falls by Largest Yearly Amount on Record TUESDAY, January 12, 2021 (Wall Street Journal)—The death rate from cancer in the U.S. dropped 2.4% from 2017 to 2018, the biggest single-year decline on record and a sign of the impact of new treatments on lung cancer especially, the American Cancer Society said. […]

The Weekly: Misinformation about HPV vaccine, colorectal cancer prevention law, and more

Feature story Misinformation About HPV Vaccine Goes “Viral” In Thousands Of Facebook Posts THURSDAY, January 7, 2021 (Forbes)—When it comes to health and medical misinformation, social media is seeing its day. And by “day,” I mean Groundhog Day. Vaccine misinformation has thrived on social media, in large part due to celebrity influence, fearmongering, and tugging […]

The Weekly: Genetic testing, skin cancer risk in winter, and more

Feature story My Terminal Breast Cancer Was Misdiagnosed for a Year. Genetic Testing Saved My Sister from the Same Fate. WEDNESDAY, December 16, 2020 (Good Housekeeping)—Having chosen to change careers in my late 20s to become a chef, I had accepted that aches and pains are part of the job — regardless, I loved what I was […]

The Weekly: Cancer patients and Covid-19, equity in health care and more

Feature story New cancer patients—especially Black people—are more susceptible to severe Covid-19 infections THURSDAY, December 10, 2020 (Stat News)—Recently diagnosed cancer patients are more vulnerable to Covid-19 infection and face more severe illness than people without cancer, a risk that is significantly higher for Black people than for white people with both diseases, a large new […]