A new study published in Cancer, the official journal of the American Cancer Society, has found that the cervical cancer death rate is much higher than previously thought. The study also uncovered an alarming disparity between the death rates for black women and white women. Deaths from cervical cancer have always been higher among black women, but flawed methods have prevented health officials from realizing how much higher. Before the study, they estimated the death rate to be 5.7 per 100,000 for black women and 3.2 per 100,000 for white women.
On January 15, the American Society of Clinical Oncologists hosted the inaugural Survivorship Symposium in San Francisco. More than 800 doctors from numerous disciplines, researchers, patients and patient advocates gathered for the event focused on advancing cancer survivorship care issues.
Numerous genetic mutations are linked to increased risk for breast cancer. Genetic testing can identify these mutations and guide patient management decisions. Over the past decade, multi-gene panel tests have gained traction in clinical settings. These evaluate up to 43 breast cancer-related genes, compared with limited BRCA 1 and BRCA2 (BRCA1/2) tests.
Nimmi Kapoor, MD, a fellowship-trained, board-certified oncology surgeon, has been appointed Medical Director of Breastlink at the Encino Breast Care Center. Breastlink will relocate to the Integrated Cancer Institute upon the opening of its doors next year.
Lung cancer screening can detect tumors while they are still small and more likely to be successfully treated. Low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) is an effective lung cancer screening tool appropriate for high-risk patients. For specific patients, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, American Cancer Society and U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) all recommend annual LDCT to screen for lung cancer.
Lung cancer accounts for more than one-quarter of all cancer deaths, according to the American Cancer Society. It is the cause of more deaths than breast, prostate and colorectal cancers combined. While you cannot completely eliminate your risk for lung cancer, there are steps you can take to prevent lung cancer. In recognition of Lung Cancer Awareness Month, November, take time to learn about lung cancer prevention.
Every October, individuals and entities across the nation participate in an annual campaign to increase awareness of breast cancer. Breast cancer is the most common non-skin cancer in women and a leading cause of cancer death. The American Cancer Society estimates that approximately 230,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015 and that around 40,000 will die from this disease. This year, learn how you can reduce your risk for breast cancer by eating healthy and living a physically active lifestyle.
Mammography uses X-ray technology to produce images of breast tissue. These images can reveal tumors and other abnormalities, such as lumps and calcifications. As a screening exam, mammography is proven to save lives. Many health care professionals and organizations, including the American Cancer Society, agree that women should be screened annually beginning at age 40.
Prostate cancer is the second leading cancer cause of death in men. More than 1 in 8 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetimes. When men are diagnosed with prostate cancer, they will likely have many questions. Every September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. Its purpose is to help improve knowledge and understanding about this disease. This month, take time to learn about prostate cancer treatments.
At the age of sixteen, I was volunteering at the Children’s Hospital of Orange County in the recreational therapy department on the oncology floor. It was then that I witnessed what a diagnosis of cancer can do to a child and a family. In many ways, such a diagnosis not only unravels one’s world but also the worlds of those around them.