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How our DNA may prevent bowel cancer
Medical Xpress
A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests the link between aspirin and colon cancer prevention may depend on a person's individual genetics. The link between taking aspirin and similar medications called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and bowel (colorectal) cancer prevention is well established.
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Text messages make women attend their breast cancer screening appointment
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Researchers have found out that women who are sent a text message to remind them of their breast cancer screening appointment are more likely to go to the doctor than women who are not texted. The study was published in the British Journal of Cancer and was financed by the Imperial College Healthcare Charity.
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Biomarkers for better prostate cancer screening
HEALTHbeat
Biomarkers are "chemicals" that can indicate both normal and abnormal processes in the body. One of the most famous is prostate-specific antigen (PSA). The PSA test, which detects abnormally high blood levels of PSA, has been used for decades to screen for prostate cancer and potentially catch it early.
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Angelina Jolie has ovaries removed over cancer concern
Reuters
Two years after her double mastectomy, actress and humanitarian Angelina Jolie said she had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed to avoid the risk of ovarian cancer. The glamorous wife of actor Brad Pitt and the mother of six children said in an op-ed column in the New York Times that she had the surgery recently after blood tests showed what could have been early signs of the disease that killed her mother at age 56.
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75 cancer programs earn the Outstanding Achievement Award
ACS
The Commission on Cancer (CoC), a Quality Program of the American College of Surgeons, has presented the 2014 Outstanding Achievement Award (OAA) to 75 CoC-accredited cancer programs in the U.S.

Established in 2004, the OAA recognizes cancer programs that demonstrate excellence by earning commendation for all applicable standards and providing quality care to patients with cancer. A program earns the OAA by completing the accreditation survey and receiving a Performance Report that indicates an accreditation award of "Three-Year with Commendation" outlining the commendation ratings for the seven commendation-level standards and no deficiencies.

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Years later, stress training pays off for cancer patients
Fox News
Eleven years later, women who took a stress management course after being diagnosed with breast cancer were still reaping the benefits of the training. Even after more than a decade, breast cancer patients who completed the 10-week stress management program early after diagnosis had higher mood and quality of life scores than others who hadn't taken the course.
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Special study targeting cancer surveillance in CoC-accredited programs starts April 1
Improving the current approach to surveillance after active treatment for cancer has been identified as a priority area by a number of organizations, including the Institute of Medicine, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, and DEcIDE Cancer Consortium. The current guidelines do not account for individual risk and are based on limited evidence. To help address this gap, a Commission on Cancer (CoC) Special Study will be launched April 1 to investigate follow-up and recurrence after cancer treatment in hopes of tailoring follow-up based on individual risk.

Participation in this special study is required by all CoC accredited sites to fulfill Standard 5.7 (with the exception of Veterans Affairs, Department of Defense, pediatric facilities, and facilities with a reference date after Jan. 1, 2008). If this is the first you have heard of the study and want to know if your program's participation is required to meet Standard 5.7, please contact PCORIspecialstudy@facs.org.

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Could saccharin be used to treat aggressive cancers?
Medical News Today
Artificial sweeteners are typically used by people who want to enjoy the sweetness of sugar without the calories that come with it. However, new research suggests that a popular sugar substitute could be used to fight cancer as well as expanding waistlines.
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Study indicates results of many breast biopsies may be in error
Medical Xpress
Women who have breast biopsies to diagnose cancer might want to think twice about the results of the procedures, according to a new study led by University of Washington researchers. Pathologists across the U.S. being tested for their accuracy got the same results as a panel of experts only about 75 percent of the time, a variability in opinion that could have a direct effect on the way women are treated — or not — for potential breast cancer.
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Pursuing Excellence through NAPBC Accreditation — register today
The National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) a Quality Program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) encourages you to attend Pursing Excellence through NAPBC Accreditation which will be held in Denver (Westminster) on April 24. Faculty will provide the information you need to develop and operate a high-quality breast center.

Don't miss this opportunity to meet and interact with this expert faculty that includes Scott. H. Kurtzman, MD, FACS, Colette Salm-Schmid, MD, FACS, Randy Stevens, MD and Colleen Johnson, RN, CBPN-IC. Register today and make sure to reserve your room at the Westin Westminster Denver-Boulder online or by phone (1-888-627-8448) by April 2 to receive the special $159 a night rate

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Faster FDA spurs cancer breakthroughs
Bloomberg
More new drugs are getting the green light in the U.S. as drugmakers take advantage of a speedier metabolism at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). As of March 19, the FDA has approved 10 new drugs and is on page to match last year's total of 41, which was an 18-year high.
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New 'Recovery Room' episode available — The Essential Relationship Between Surgeon and Pathologist
ACS
In this episode of "The Recovery Room," host Dr. Frederick Greene, FACS, speaks to Dr. Carolyn Compton, an academic pathologist at Arizona State University, and Dr. Terry Sarantou, FACS, a surgical oncologist at the Levine Cancer Institute, about the surgeon-pathologist relationship, each from the respective fields of surgery and pathology. Listen to this episode.
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