Cancer

CDC: Disparities Among Cancer Screening Rates

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(Best Syndication News) The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that cancer-screening rates remain low and below their national targets (see the chart below). In their “Cancer Screening in the United States – 2010 study”, the center found that there was a “significant” disparity among racial and ethnic populations.

The CDC teamed-up with the National Cancer Institute to tabulate screening data from the entire country. The government study found that the national screen rate for breast cancer was 72 percent, below their target rate set at 81 percent.

Melanoma Death Rate declined but only for the most Educated

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(Best Syndication News) - An American Cancer Society study found a decline in melanoma cancer deaths for non-Hispanic Whites in the United States who had the highest level of education.

Overall, the melanoma death rate in Non-Hispanic Whites has been on the decline since the early 1990’s for men and women ranging in age between 25 to 64 years. The researchers wanted to determine if the decline was associated with socioeconomic status.

Researchers led by Vilma Cokkinides, Ph. D, looked at death certificates from 26 states to find the melanoma death rate and education level. The data represented around 45 percent of the US population. They found a ten percent melanoma mortality rate decrease over the last 10 years (records spanning 1993-97 to 2003-07).

Survival Rates Equal for Bone Marrow and Blood Stem Cell Transplants

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(Best Syndication News) Researchers at transplant centers in the United States and Canada say there is no difference in the survival rate for leukemia patients or other blood diseases when treated with bone marrow or blood stem cells.

The study was presented at the 53rd annual American Society of Hematology conference in San Diego and was conducted by the Blood and Marrow Transplant Clinical Trials Network (BMT CTN), a group of 50 transplant centers in the US and Canada.

Arrowhead Regional Medical Center Employees Don Pink Gloves

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(Best Syndication News) Employees at the Arrowhead Regional Medical Center recently wore pink gloves to commemorate Breast Cancer Month. While wearing the gloves, doctors, nurses and administrators of the facility produced a “Pink Glove Dance” video to support breast cancer awareness.

October has been National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) since 1985. The month has been a platform for charities interested in raising money and awareness for breast cancer.

“We felt the video was a fun and creative way to really raise awareness for breast cancer to a high level,” said ARMC Associate Administrator Deborah Pease, who along with employees Staci Chouinard and Kevin Lyons coordinated video production.

Broccoli Cancer Benefits increase when eaten with certain Vegetables and Spices

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(Best Syndication News) - According to a recent study conducted at the University of Illinois, eating broccoli along with other spices and vegetables can boost the cancer fighting benefits. The other veggies make the broccoli easy to absorb in the upper digestive tract. The study was made available at the online edition of the British Journal of Nutrition.

The researchers believe that spicy foods that contain the enzyme myrosinase can help the body absorb the cancer fighting components of broccoli into the body earlier on during the digestive process.

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