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Researcher examines the importance of communication in colorectal cancer prevention and early detection

Lisa Madlensky, PhD, an Associate Professor at the University of California, San Diego, received a grant from the Foundation in spring 2006 to study ways to reduce the risk of colorectal cancer in patients with polyps and their families. This month we caught up with her to learn more about her research on the complex […]

Lung cancer – In search of a voice

Lung cancer claims the lives of more people than breast, colon and prostate cancer combined, yet it receives the least amount of public attention, legislative action and research funding than other common cancers. One reason for the neglect of lung cancer issues is that lung cancer survival rates are low, leaving behind a scarce number […]

Researcher Q&A: Talking with Surbhi Jain, PhD Part II

Editor’s Note: This is the second part of a two-part article about Dr. Jain’s research. Read Part I of Dr. Jain’s Research Q&A. Surbhi Jain, PhD, is postdoctoral researcher at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. One of her major research goals is to develop a reliable non-invasive method for the early detection of liver cancer. […]

Arlen Specter: Steadfast Champion of Medical Research

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. Throughout his term in the United States Senate, which spanned three decades, Senator Specter supported […]

Smokers, Drinkers may Develop Pancreatic Cancer Earlier in Life

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 […]

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

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 […]

Military Women May Experience Greater Risks for Breast Cancer

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 […]

Researcher Takes Steps to Develop a Non-invasive Early Detection Test For Liver Cancer

Surbhi Jain, PhD, is a postdoctoral researcher at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA, who received a fellowship from the Foundation in spring 2009. As a fellow, Dr. Jain researched the development of a urine test for the early detection of liver cancer. This month we caught up with her to learn more about her research […]

Inactivity, a Pandemic More Damaging than Smoking

The health risks of inactivity have been found to be more hazardous than smoking and obesity. According to a new study, scientists found that inactivity was tied to 1 in 10 deaths globally in 2008. Harvard researchers estimated that failure to do at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity per week contributed to almost […]

New Laser Technology Used to Fight Tumors

Scientists at the University of Tennessee announced last week that advancements have been made in the field of cancer fighting laser technology. A team of biomedical engineers and physicists collaborated to create a laser that sends out ultra short pulses of light to specifically target a small region of cells. The pulses, sent at approximately […]