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Knowing BRCA Changed My Life

June 10, 2014
By Guest Blogger Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz

“Despite the perception that breast cancer is only something older women need to worry about, young women can and do get breast cancer. I myself was a young woman at high risk, but didn’t know it. Just months after a clean mammogram, in late 2007, I heard those terrible words, ‘You have breast cancer.’”

Melanoma: A Surgeon and Survivor’s Perspective

April 29, 2014
By Guest Blogger Travis Kidner, MD

“As a doctor, my job is to do everything I can to achieve the best possible outcomes for my patients. But as a cancer survivor, I feel a huge responsibility to help prevent new melanoma cases. Exposure to UV radiation from either the sun or artificial tanning lamps is the leading cause of skin cancers worldwide.”

The Surprising Link Between Alcohol and Cancer

April 14, 2014
By Dafna Kanny, PhD

“Studies have shown that alcohol was responsible for about 20,000 cancer deaths in the United States in 2009.”

How Health Care Providers Can Use Genomics to Prevent Cancer

March 31, 2014
By Katrina Trivers, Deb Duquette, and Kate Reed

“Family history information can save patients’ lives! Encourage your patients to learn their family history of cancer for all relatives through their grandparents’ generation if possible.”

We’re Increasing Colorectal Cancer Screening; You Can, Too!

March 10, 2014
By guest blogger Frank Colangelo, MD, FACP

“I became a very strong champion for colorectal cancer screening several years ago after one of my patients died from this terrible disease in his early 50s.”

The Bright Side of Going Dark

February 24, 2014
By Dawn M. Holman, MPH

“Our seemingly harmless nighttime habits may not only interfere with our sleep, but may also increase our cancer risk.”

The Power of the Pap

January 28, 2014
By Cynthia A. Gelb

“During the past 40 years in the United States, the number of women dying from cervical cancer has decreased dramatically, largely because of the Pap test. We owe so much to Dr. Georgios Papanikolaou, the inventor of the Pap test.”

Lung Cancer—Why the Numbers Are Personal

January 9, 2014
By S. Jane Henley, MSPH

“Many people have worked very hard to tell the story of the dangers of smoking. My mother was 67 years old when she was diagnosed with lung cancer. She started smoking cigarettes when she was 15 years old, and tried to quit almost every day of her life. After her diagnosis, she did succeed and stayed smoke-free until her last breath, 14 months later.”

Why I Chose FIT—And You Can, Too!

December 16, 2013
By Marcus Plescia, MD, MPH

When Dr. Marcus Plescia, former director of CDC’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, turned 50, it was time to get tested for colorectal (colon) cancer. Which of the three recommended screening tests did he choose?

 

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