The Central Pennsylvania Coalition United to Fight Cancer, CATALYST, has been helping to raise awareness about cancer in minority groups for the past 16 years. Founder Barbara Jackson spoke with Radio Smart Talk host Scott LaMar about ways that the minority populations in our region can educate themselves about cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.

(Hershey) -- About 40 years ago, President Richard Nixon declared a so-called "War on Cancer" by signing the National Cancer Act.

Since the beginning of history human beings have suffered from cancer.  Some of the earliest evidence has been found in fossilized bone tumors and in mummies in ancient Egypt.

(York) -- Last year, more than 12,000 women were diagnosed with cervical cancer in the United States, making it the third-most common cancer among females worldwide. In recent years, a new series of vaccines has helped cut down on the number of cases of human papilloma virus, which can lead to cervical cancer.

One of the lessons learned from witf's Facing Cancer Together series over the last few months is that medical science has come a long way in how cancers are diagnosed and treated.  A cancer diagnosis used to be about the same as a death sentence to many.

When you get a diagnosis of cancer, the fight to survive becomes personal.  A unique set of challenges faces each cancer patient.  Please join us for the Smart Talk/Facing Cancer Together Community Forum: Making It Personal, Thursday night at 8 on witf TV.

Dr. Roald Hempling, the Director of Oncology Services at WellSpan Health in York, PA, weighs in on some of the myths surrounding breast cancer, lung cancer, skin cancer and prostate cancer.

When Ken Bazaar was diagnosed with prostate cancer, he turned to Wikipedia for information on his diagnosis.  He found links and information that brought him up-to-date on the disease and what he was facing, and it ultimately helped him to decide which treatment was right for him.

HARRISBURG, PA – Breast Cancer Awareness Month—observed every October—recognizes breast cancer as the second most commonly diagnosed cancer among American women next to skin cancer. About one in eight will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of a lifetime. This month is a time to be reminded of the importance of screening tests in detecting breast cancer at its earliest stages when it is most treatable.

Hershey, PA dentist Wesley Davis says that if oral cancers are caught early enough before spreading to other tissues, there's a relatively high cure rate.

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