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The Weekly: Covid vaccine in cancer patients, melanoma in men and more

Feature story ‘It’s not over yet’: Uncertain protection from Covid vaccines leaves cancer patients in limbo FRIDAY, May 14, 2021 (STAT News)—After 14 long months of near-isolation, Michele Nadeem-Baker was ready for her Covid-19 vaccination. Diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia in 2012, she knew her cancer made her more vulnerable to severe illness should she become infected […]

The Weekly: Crisis of undiagnosed cancers, even kids can get skin cancer, and more

Feature story A Crisis of Undiagnosed Cancers Is Emerging in the Pandemic’s Second Year TUESDAY, May 4, 2021 (ProPublica)—Teresa Ruvalcaba lay on a bed in the emergency room of Chicago’s Mount Sinai Hospital, her right breast swollen to nearly twice the size of her left, the skin so thick and dimpled that the doctor examining her would […]

The Weekly: FDA’s ban on menthol, women of color and colorectal cancer, and more

Feature story F.D.A. Announces Plan to Ban Menthol Cigarettes and Flavored Cigars THURSDAY, April 29, 2021 (The New York Times)—The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday announced its long-awaited plan to ban the last flavor still allowed in cigarettes — menthol — and also said it would ban all flavors of mass-produced cigars, which are popular among […]

The Weekly: Guys and colon cancer, teen vaping during the pandemic, and more

Feature story Here’s What Every Guy Should Know About Colon Cancer THURSDAY, April 22, 2021 (GQ)—Colon cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death in men and women, and the third most common cancer diagnosis. On top of that, alarmingly, an increasing number of young people are being diagnosed with the disease, among them actor Chadwick Boseman, […]

The Weekly: AI for colon cancer, Biden’s proposed health agency, and more

Feature story This AI Could Help Wipe Out Colon Cancer MONDAY, April 12, 2021 (Wired)—Michael Wallace has performed hundreds of colonoscopies in his 20 years as a gastroenterologist. He thinks he’s pretty good at recognizing the growths, or polyps, that can spring up along the ridges of the colon and potentially turn into cancer. But he isn’t […]

The Weekly: HPV infections have decreased, lung cancer screening expanded, and more

Feature story HPV infections in young girls have decreased more than 80% since vaccine introduced, CDC finds MONDAY, April 5, 2021 (FOX2 Detroit)—A new study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows the effectiveness of the HPV vaccine since it was first recommended in 2006. The study found that through 2018, human papillomavirus (HPV) infections […]

The Weekly: Trey Mancini, game changer for esophageal cancer, and more

Feature story After a Year-Long Cancer Battle, Opening Day Has a Different Meaning for Trey Mancini THURSDAY, April 1, 2021 (Sports Illustrated)—On the day he got the worst news of his life, Trey Mancini thought about how lucky he was. That might not be your reaction if you were a 27-year-old Orioles first baseman coming off the […]

The Weekly: Skin cancer in young men, ACA enrollment, and more

Feature story The Great Millennial Skin Cancer Crisis WEDNESDAY, March 24, 2021 (Men’s Health)—Around the time that Dustin Allen, a soft-spoken electrical engineer, turned 27, he noticed a small red spot on his right temple. He thought it was nothing, maybe an acne scar. But it didn’t fade away. In fact, it kept getting darker, and he […]

The Weekly: Pandemic drop in screenings, Katie Couric on cancer, and more

Feature story Advanced Cancers Are Emerging, Doctors Warn, Citing Pandemic Drop in Screenings WEDNESDAY, March 17, 2021 (The New York Times)—Yvette Lowery usually gets her annual mammogram around March. But last year, just as the pandemic was gaining a foothold and medical facilities were shutting down, the center where she goes canceled her appointment. No one could […]

The Weekly: Lung cancer screening, Pfizer vaccine in cancer patients, and more

Feature story Millions more smokers and ex-smokers should receive free annual screenings for lung cancer, a federally appointed task force says TUESDAY, March 9, 2021 (The Washington Post)—A federally appointed task force recommended a major increase in the number of Americans eligible for free screening for lung cancer, saying expanded testing will save lives and especially benefit […]