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Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Mike Enzi introduce bill to reauthorize breast cancer research stamp
Sierra Sun Times
Sens. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, and Mike Enzi, R-Wyoming, recently introduced a bill to renew congressional approval for the breast cancer research stamp, which has raised $80.4 million for breast cancer research since its creation in 1998. Representatives Jackie Speier, D-California, and Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyoming, introduced companion legislation in the House of Representatives.
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Study points to possible treatment for lethal pediatric brain cancer
National Institutes of Health
Using brain tumor samples collected from children in the United States and Europe, an international team of scientists found that the drug panobinostat and similar gene-regulating drugs may be effective at treating diffuse intrinsic pontine gliomas, an aggressive and lethal form of pediatric cancer. The study, published in Nature Medicine, was partially funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense and more than 25 nonprofit foundations devoted to finding cures for childhood brain cancer.
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Experts clarify best intervals, ages for cervical cancer screening
The Globe and Mail
The American College of Physicians has released best practice guidelines to reduce overuse of cervical cancer screening for average-risk women, including at what ages screening should start and stop and how many years to wait between each test.
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New cancer surgery manual available from the American College of Surgeons and Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology
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New colon cancer screening options save lives
Physicians News Digest
As a physician, one of the most difficult aspects of my job is battling a patient's advanced and sometimes fatal disease knowing that it could have been easily identified earlier for a better health outcome. Colorectal cancer is a perfect example. The disease is considered one of the most preventable yet least prevented cancers. While most people are aware of the American Cancer Society's screening guidelines that call for men and women at average risk for the disease to begin screening at age 50, the sobering reality is that 23 million Americans simply do not get these often life-saving tests. As a result, colorectal cancer remains the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths among both men and women today.
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Special Commission on Cancer information session for ASCO attendees
ASCO Annual Meeting attendees that want to learn more about the Commission on Care — a quality program of the American College Surgeons — and the benefits of CoC accreditation are invited to attend a special Cancer Liaison Program Breakfast from 6:30-7:30 a.m. on Monday, June 1. The breakfast will be held in Regency CD of the Hyatt Regency McCormick Hotel at 2233 S Martin Luther King Drive, Chicago, 60616. For additional information, please contact clp@facs.org.
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Breast cancer to rise 50 percent by 2030? Hey, not so fast!
HealthNewsReview.org
We recently saw many headlines claiming that the incidence of breast cancer in the United States would rise 50 percent over the next 15 years. The major stories all hit within 24 hours after National Cancer Institute researchers released their study at the American Association of Cancer Research annual meeting.
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CoC and NAPBC provide tools to observe National Cancer
Survivors Day

June 7 marks the 28th Annual National Cancer Survivors Day, which brings cancer survivors together to show that there is life after receiving a diagnosis of cancer. The Commission on Cancer (CoC) and the National Accreditation Programfor Breast Centers (NAPBC) encourage your program to observe this day and use this as an opportunity to display/promote your CoC and NAPBC accreditation status. To help you promote this event within your program and the community, the CoC and the NAPBC have developed a poster that you can download and print. Programs that hold CoC accreditation or have both CoC and NAPBC accreditations can access the poster by going to CoC Datalinks and clicking on Marketing Resources. For programs that are solely NAPBC accredited, please use the link to the Marketing Resources website provided in your performance report email notification. For more information, contact srubin@facs.org.
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Prolonged statin use may lower risk of lung cancer death
Medical Xpress
Lung cancer patients who used statins in the year prior to a lung cancer diagnosis or after a lung cancer diagnosis had a reduction in the risk of death from the disease. The study results were published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.
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Frequent aspirin use reduces risk of cervical cancer by nearly half
Newswise
Long-term and frequent use of aspirin is associated with significantly decreased risk of cervical cancer, according to a study led by researchers at Roswell Park Cancer Institute and published in the Journal of Lower Genital Tract Disease. Aspirin use was associated with a 47 percent reduced risk of cervical cancer among frequent users — those who used aspirin seven or more times a week, regardless of duration — and 41 percent reduced risk among long-term frequent users — those with five or more years of frequent use.
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MRI screening program for persons at high risk of pancreatic cancer
Oncology Nurse Advisor
A magnetic resonance imaging-based screening program for persons at high risk of pancreatic cancer identified pancreatic lesions in 16 of 40 (40 percent) patients, of whom five underwent surgery, according to a report published online by JAMA Surgery. Pancreatic cancer is a leading cause of cancer death and can be considered a global lethal disease because incidence and mortality rates are nearly identical.
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Register before the fee increase for the NCDB Workshop and Survey Savvy
The National Cancer Data Base (NCDB) Workshop and Survey Savvy will be held in Chicago June 17-19. The NCDB Workshop, Maximizing NCDB Data to Improve Your Cancer Program, will review the current uses and future updates for the NCDB quality tools. Major NCDB quality tools will be reviewed with a focus on how the data can be used to inform decisions for cancer program administration and by cancer physicians. Learn about the uses for the cancer registry and how patient navigators can use the data.

Survey Savvy provides in-depth review of the information your cancer committee needs to coordinate a high-quality, patient-centered, multidisciplinary cancer program. Developed by Commission on Cancer (CoC) staff and CoC committee leadership, this program addresses your cancer program's most common questions, issues and concerns regarding CoC standards and compliance.

Whether your cancer program is preparing for a re-accreditation survey or looking for clarification on the standards, this program provides increased understanding of standard requirements and implementation. Through lectures, panel presentations and the opportunity to meet and speak with experts, cancer program members will learn how to use the CoC standards as a framework to develop a comprehensive cancer care program that delivers high-quality and patient-centered care. Plan now to attend these meetings.

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