Diana Peslis is a nurse at PinnacleHealth and she is a thyroid cancer survivor.  She says her cancer diagnosis was unexpected.  A colleague noticed that Diana’s neck was getting larger and suggested that she go to a doctor to check it out.  That doctor sent her off for further testing.  She then received the diagnosis of cancer and began treatment.

Kristin Gilhool and Marc Hirschler inherited a lot from their mother…bright smiles and a zest for life.  But, they also inherited a heightened risk for cancer.

We received a voice message from a woman in our community named Becky who was responding to a piece written by witf president & CEO, Kathleen Pavelko, titled "The power of pink: What it all means."  Becky expressed concern that in the midst of all the pink and awareness being raised for women in October, we're forgetting about the fact that men need to be aware that they too are at risk of developing breast cancer.

(Harrisburg) -- Firefighters across the state are routinely exposed to cancer-causing chemicals while they perform their duties.  A law enacted this year is designed to recognize that fact and give firefighters and their families more peace of mind if a first responder is diagnosed with cancer.

A majority of those diagnosed with pancreatic cancer will succumb to the disease. But, Dr. Dennis Johnson, a surgical oncologist in York, PA says that there are long-term survivors and treatment shouldn't be dismissed when a person is diagnosed.  Norma Warfel, one of Dr. Johnson’s patients, has survived for ten years and is looking forward to another ten.

This special Smart Talk and Facing Cancer Together community forum explores what it means to survive a cancer diagnosis and how survivorship presents new challenges and opportunities to patients.

(Chambersburg) -- Pennsylvania's so-called smoking ban, the Clean Indoor Air Act, has been in effect since 2008. The American Cancer Society's Cancer Action Network pushed for the legislation, but the group says there's still work to be done on cancer-prevention measures in both the state and federal government.

Smoking is the #1 cause of preventable death in the U.S., causing over 393,000 deaths per year.  And, secondhand smoke is a serious health hazard for people of all ages, and is estimated to cause close to 50,000 deaths each year. The American Cancer Society is marking the 36th Great American Smokeout on November 17, 2011 by encouraging smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day.

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