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What is Cancer Research? A recent study done by witf as part of Facing Cancer Together indicated that there are many people that believe there is a cure for cancer that the research industry is hiding to protect their profits. I realize many who believe this won’t be so easily swayed as to believe me but perhaps if I explain a little bit about cancer research and clinical trials there will be a better understanding of the whole process.

Why is it important to have a conversation about minorities and cancer?   Dr. Oralia Dominic of Penn State Hershey College of Medicine says, “When you hear the word ‘cancer,’ you associate it with a death sentence. 20 or 30 years ago, there wasn’t a lot of hope. But today, in 2012, we are more advanced in what we know and the tools that are available to detect and, treat and prevent the disease.  My hopes for this conversation are that individuals are inspired and encouraged to take action and take control of their health.“

The confusing and ever-changing world of Papanicolaou (Pap) testing has just taken another turn thanks to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) publication of new guidelines for cervical cancer screening. The new recommendations were released this past March with the hallmark being less frequent testing and the confusion and frustration has already started.

(Lancaster) -- Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Now that summer's around the corner, it's especially important to take care of the body's largest organ when venturing outside. But many people, including African-Americans and Latinos, don't protect their skin against the sun because they don't think they're at risk of getting skin cancer.

Cancer News May 23, 2012

New lung cancer screening guidelines now recommend annual scans but only for an older group (aged 55 to 74) of current or former heavy smokers.  As the risks of screening younger or older smokers or nonsmokers outweigh any benefits.

As the U.S. population grows in number and in age, the question of how we will continue to provide health care for our citizens is a critical one. An imminent nursing shortage—as evidenced by the lack of sufficient students currently enrolled in nursing programs—has made nursing one of the most in-demand careers in coming decades, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics expecting better than average job growth for the field between 2010 and 2020.

(Mount Joy) -- More than fifteen years ago, scores of firefighters from Central Pennsylvania helped put out a fire at the PennDOT headquarters in Harrisburg. Later, they'd find out they were exposed to asbestos and other substances that could lead to lung cancer.

Hello my name is Renee Muth and after seven years of infertility treatment, four different doctors my husband and I began to address adoption.

Knowing your family medical history is important.  What rights do adoptees in Pennsylvania have to obtain information about their biological parents' medical histories?

This week marks Oral, Head, and Neck Cancer Awareness Week.  These type diseases may not get as much attention as others, but they are the sixth-most-common form of cancer in the world.  Some 50,000 cases of oral, head, and neck cancers are diagnosed each year in the U.S.

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