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How to win the fight against colorectal cancer
The Hill
Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Pa., writes: "In the past two decades, we have made great progress in the fight against colorectal cancer. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, colorectal cancer incidence rates have been in decline since the mid-80s, and since 1998 the rates have declined for men and women in every major racial and ethnic group."
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CDC, AGA join forces to screen the uninsured for colorectal cancer
EurekAlert
Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among men and women nationwide. During National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Gastroenterological Association are joining forces for the second year to promote free colonoscopies for uninsured patients.
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Registration open for Pursuing Excellence through Accreditation workshop
National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers
Registration is now open for the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers' one-day workshop — Pursuing Excellence through Accreditation at the American College of Surgeons' headquarters in Chicago on May 24. This workshop will provide detailed information related to the NAPBC components and standards, survey process, the quality measures and related requirements for 2013 and beyond. Attendance at this workshop will assist centers applying for accreditation, as well as centers due for reaccreditation in 2013. If you have questions, please contact the NAPBC office at 312-202-5185, or by email at napbc@facs.org. Online registration is now open.
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Save the date for Survey Savvy 2013
Commission on Cancer
Plan to attend the Commission on Cancer Survey Savvy education program June 27-28 in Chicago. Developed to provide information and tools for meeting the standard, the program highlights a variety of successful strategies implemented by facilities to meet the patient-focused and quality standards. Panel presenters will facilitate a series of breakout sessions where participants will be engaged in developing an action plan to address challenging issues in their cancer program. Additional information on the program will be available soon.
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New scope 'maps' colon for cancer using Google technology
CTV News
Researchers have taken a page out of Google's book to develop an advanced scope that may enable doctors to look deeper into the colon and with more precision to better detect signs of cancer. The scope would not only allow doctors performing a colonoscopy to get the standard forward-looking view, but would also capture images of the sides of the large bowel, similar to the way Google Street View provides a 360-degree picture of a road and its buildings.
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Study: False-positive mammograms take mental toll
Los Angeles Times
Long after learning that a troubling reading on a screening mammogram was just a false alarm, women continued suffering negative psychological effects, researchers in Denmark have reported. Six months after hearing they did not have breast cancer, women with these false positives experienced changes in "existential values" and "inner calmness" as great as for women who had cancer.
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Survey Savvy preconference RQRS workshop
Commission on Cancer
Commission on Cancer accredited programs have access to a number of data tools. Make sure that you are taking full advantage of the information available from the Rapid Quality Reporting System by attending this important half-day preconference in Chicago on June 26. Learn how to navigate the system, how to use the system for quality improvement, and how current users have successfully implemented and use RQRS within their cancer programs. Additional information on this preconference and Survey Savvy will be available soon.
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Kryptonite for cancer cells
Northeastern University via Phys.Org
Every available cancer drug is susceptible to resistance, according to Mansoor Amiji, distinguished professor and chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Northeastern University. Tumors grow more quickly than blood vessels, so these unruly masses of cells receive very little oxygen and nutrients, which means they know just how to survive under harsh conditions.
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Blood test tracks response to cancer treatment
Medical News Today
A blood test that tracks fragments of DNA shed by dying tumor cells could one day be used to monitor how well patients are responding to cancer treatment, according to a small study in women with advanced breast cancer. Such a test could provide a noninvasive alternative to biopsies, and help adapt treatment to individual patients and the progress of disease.
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How a healthy heart can lower risk of cancer
TIME
Hearts and tumors may actually share more in common than we think. Following heart-healthy recommendations can also protect you from cancer, according to the latest study from the American Heart Association.
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Cervical cancer vaccines spurned by 44 percent of US parents
Bloomberg
Almost half of U.S. parents say they won't vaccinate their daughters with Merck & Co.'s Gardasil or GlaxoSmithKline Plc's Cervarix, which prevent the sexually transmitted virus that causes cervical cancer. Researchers analyzed data from a national survey from 2008 to 2010 on immunizations for teenagers.
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