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Five years ago on October 21, Diana Denenberg Durand died after an incredible 18 year heroic battle against breast cancer. During that time she faced and DEFEATED the cancer as it re-occurred - at first in a breast, then six years later her other breast, then her bones, next to her liver, and finally in her brain.

The American Cancer Society says research shows people who use tanning beds are much more likely to develop melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, than those who never did.

Central PA prostate cancer survivors and advocates Jay Snyder and Thomas Goodman, Jr., report back from the ZERO Summit to End Prostate Cancer in Washington D.C. where they learned about the latest in prostate cancer awareness, research and legislation.

News in brief 9.20.12

Snakes are able to convert their venom back into harmless molecules that scientists say could help find a cancer cure and be used to treat diabetes.

(Ephrata) -- A little more than a year ago, Ephrata Community Hospital in Lancaster County became one of the first in the region to implement a tobacco-free hiring policy.

Did you know that on average, adults who smoke cigarettes die 14 years earlier than nonsmokers?  And, that more deaths are caused each year by tobacco use than by all deaths from HIV, illegal drug use, alcohol use, motor vehicle injuries, suicides, and murders combined? (CDC.gov)  These are some good reasons to seriously think about taking steps towards quitting.

(Harrisburg) -- Sarcoma is one of the rarest types of cancer, with about 3,000 Americans being diagnosed with the disease last year.

What role do clinical trials play in treating cancer?

News in brief 8.1.12

Symptoms of depression are linked with shorter survival times among cancer patients, according to a new study at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. This link may be attributed to abnormal stress hormone regulation and inflammatory gene expression. "Our findings, and those of others, suggest that mental health and social well-being can affect biological processes, which influence cancer-related outcomes," Lorenzo Cohen, a professor and director of the Integrative Medicine Program, said in a university news release. The findings "also suggest that screening for mental health should be part of standard care because there are well-accepted ways of helping people manage distress, even in the face of a life-threatening illness," Cohen added.

If you're out and about this summer, you might spot Dr. Steven Pandelidis, a surgical oncologist with Apple Hill Surgical Associates in York, PA. He says, "I do a lot of outdoor activities and triathlons, and I see a lot of people running around. If I see a funny-looking mole, I tell them to get it looked at."

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