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Recognizing Childhood Cancer Month and the New STAR Project

Meet Sandy Jones, who is a public health advisor for both the STAR Project and the previous, Early Case Capture Program. Sandy’s son, Noah Thames, was an avid hunter and fisherman since he was 3 years old. He wrestled from 6th grade through 11th grade. Noah was just 17 years old in his senior year of high school when he was diagnosed with an inoperable high-grade glioma brain cancer.  Read More >

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Talk to Nathan About Prostate Cancer Screening and Treatment

Nathan sitting on a bench

Talk to Someone About Prostate Cancer is a virtual human simulation that was created to help men get a better understanding of prostate health, risks for prostate cancer, options for prostate cancer screening, and understanding options for treatment, if prostate cancer is found. Nathan provides an interactive conversation guided by questions about prostate cancer that you choose. Read More >

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Five Things to Know about Colorectal Cancer Screening

Stop wondering and start learning about colorectal cancer. Graphic of woman standing outside in a garden.

Colorectal cancer is the #2 cancer killer of both men and women in the US. Here are five things to know about colorectal cancer screening. Read More >

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Celebrate Your Age, It’s Good for Your Health

Two senior friends laugh affectionately together. The women are standing outside on a sunny but cool day. They are dressed in casual sweaters. One woman is of African descent and the other is Caucasian.

Researchers have examined how ageism is internalized, or gets under the skin, under a theory Yale researcher Becca Levy called “stereotype embodiment.” Negative stereotypes about older adults are common in our culture, and not just on birthday cards. Children are introduced to negative stereotypes of old people at young ages, like the wicked old witch, and they continue to come across these as they age. According to this theory, when adults reach ages they consider are old, long-held stereotypes can shape how they see themselves. These self-perceptions can act as self-fulfilling prophecies. Adults who think that certain health problems are just part of getting older may be less likely to take the actions needed to stay healthy, like moving more and eating better. They thought they’d become ill, and that thinking helped make it come true. Read More >

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Hopefulness, Mental Health, and Wellness Counseling Are Vital for Young Asian American Cancer Survivors

Dr Anao Zhang

"I met Dr. Zhang at the 2019 national conference of the American Psychosocial Oncology Society, where he made a presentation on health disparities and stress screening among young cancer survivors. He focused on young Asian American cancer survivors. This blog highlights a recent conversation we had about how health disparities and culture influence cancer survivors’ mental health and wellness." Read More >

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