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Examples of why screening and disease classification go hand-in-hand Blogs - Debu Tripathy - DCIS: An example of why screening and disease classification go hand-in-hand: "If we are screening for any disease, we have to have a plan for everything that is detected as abnormal.

When mammographic screening became widespread in the mid '80s, there was a rapid rise in the number of cases of 'pre-invasive' cancer, known as ductal carcinoma in situ, because these lesions tend to calcify and lead to tell-tale specs on X-ray examinations. DCIS does not spread, and many individuals may never have any consequences of the lesions, even if it was never detected."

Cancer researchers look for ways to counter these effects of treatment

Fighting cancer in the labs, hospitals, and halls of research is a serious matter. Some times the treatments are effective to cure one form of cancer, but usher the onset of new forms of the disease as the body responds to the first treatment. Chemotherapy and radiation, often used in combination (as in my case), may not be the most effective for a long term cure in some patients. The latest eHope newsletter from The City of Hope offered this report on advances in this realm of cancer research: advances to make treatment effective and not harmful. clipped from “When a chemotherapeutic agent
damages the DNA, most individuals have the ability to repair it immediately — but some don’t. The damaged DNA then can
lead to leukemia.” ~ Smita
Bhatia, M.D., M.P.H., chair of the Department of Population
Sciences and director of the Center Why treating cancer might cause cancer It’s a cruel irony that some chemotherapy drugs can cure lymphoma, yet also cause s…

There's a 'Relay for Life' event in your neighborhood

One of the best things you can do to help fight cancer is to join one of the American Cancer Society 'Relay for Life' events in your community. How do uou find a local event? Google: "ACS Relay for Life." Simple! clipped from The American Cancer Society is looking for half a million adults in the U.S. who want to make a direct impact in the fight against cancer.The Cancer Prevention Study-3 will pave the way for the next generation of cancer research. The Clark Relay For Life has been selected as one of a limited number of events nationwide where interested and eligible participants can enroll into this lifesaving study. If you’re willing to make a 20-30 year commitment to the study, you’re between 30 and 65, and you have never been diagnosed with cancer, you may qualify.

Inconclusive Verdict About Cellphones and Brain Tumors

After spending 10 years and $24 million to see whether cell phone use leads to brain cancer, the World Health Organization has reached a verdict: it's not quite sure.

In a decade-long survey of nearly 13,000 people across 13 countries, the WHO's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) determined that most cell phone use did not lead to an increased risk of either meningioma, a common but typically benign form of cancer, or glioma, a rare but more dangerous type of brain cancer. clipped from Peter DaSilva for The New York Times By TARA PARKER-POPE A long-awaited study of cellphone use and brain health has finally been released, but the data are raising more questions than answers. The report is called Interphone, a 13-country study that amounts to the largest and longest study of whether extensive cellphone use increases risk for brain tumors. The study results, published in The International Journal of Epidemiology, were delayed by four years, rep…

Immunizations are no trifling matter for most of us

A general cavalier and fearful attitude about immunizations may come back to bite many in a horrible way. This is important as one with immune system issues, still waiting for my doctors at COH to restart my childhood immunizations (at age 62) following a stem cell transplant from an unrelated donor to beat mantle cell lymphoma. Here’s what’s wrong with not getting the proper immunizations.