Pan-Mass Challenge bike ride draws over 5000

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The Pan-Mass Challenge is an annual fundraiser for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, and is credited as the first bike-athon in the nation to use cycling as a way to raise money for a cause. Started in 1980 by 36 friends who raised $10,200, it now draws over 5000 riders and has a fund raising goal of $31 … Read More

Cancer survival rate doubles since 70’s

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A cancer charity in the UK has released findings from a study of survival trends over the last 40 years showing that people diagnosed with breast, bowel and ovarian cancers, and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma are twice as likely to survive at least 10 years after diagnosis compared to people diagnosed in the early 70’s. The study analyzed survival trends for common … Read More

NCI report says cancer from environmental causes is underestimated

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A  report from the National Cancer Institute’s presidential cancer advisers states environmentally induced cancer has been “grossly underestimated”, and more studies need to be done to determine risk factors. It is the first time the panel has taken such a sharp turn into what had long been disputed territory — whether pollution, cell phones and even household objects, such as … Read More

Health insurer pays for more nurses to save money long term

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Geisinger Health System operates a number of clinics and hospitals in Pennsylvania, and also acts as an insurer for 250,000 people. They have been experimenting with innovative approaches to delivering high quality health care at reduced costs. One such experiment is to hire extra nursing staff to provide more help to primary care doctors to take care of the sickest … Read More

Lymphoma and leukemia research from 2010 ASCO conference

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The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) annual meeting was held June 4-8 in Chicago, Illinois, bringing together 50,000 physicians, researchers, and other health care professionals from around the globe to discuss and hear the latest results in cancer research. Navigating Cancer’s co-founder and CEO Gena Cook was in attendance, and provided us with a round up of the most … Read More

Do cell phones cause brain cancer?

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That’s the question a decade long global study attempted to answer, but rather than provide clarity the study ended up generating more confusion and criticism because of how it was run. Scientists analyzing the accuracy of research into mobile phones and cancer — which in many years has always failed (to) establish a link — reported last year that studies … Read More