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Most Recent Stop-Smoking Ad Campaign boosts the number of Quitters

credit: National Cancer Institute Bill Branson (photographer)- PD

(Best Syndication News) - The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported a dramatic increase in people calling the quit helplines and visiting a federal government website to help them stop smoking. The CDC attributes the increase to the recent public service announcements featuring people with serious health conditions caused by smoking.

There were almost 200,000 more phone calls made to 1-800-QUIT-NOW, which helps connect people to state quitlines. There were also over 400,000 more unique visitors to www.smokefree.gov, which is a federal website that offers a step-by-step guide on how to quit smoking.

Cancer Treatment Uses Body’s Immune System

Doctor Suzanne Topalian

(Best Syndication News) Patients with several types of cancers could benefit from new treatments that are now ready for wide-spread testing. The therapy, which boosts the immune system, provided promising early results in patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer, melanoma, and kidney cancer.

"Based on the positive response rates to these drugs and longevity of many of these responses, we believe that new clinical trials should move forward," says Suzanne Topalian, M.D., professor of surgery and oncology at Johns Hopkins.

Low Oxygen in Cells might spur Cancer Growth

Breast Cancer in the Pleural Fluid credit: National Cancer Insitute Dr. Lance Liotta Laboratory - PD

(Best Syndication News) - The tumor growth rate of certain cancers could be increased with low oxygen levels, according to recent study from researchers at the University of Georgia. The study was published in the early online edition of the Journal of Molecular Cell Biology.

The current consensus of most researchers is that genetic mutation is the main cause of cancer growth. This study suggests another cause: low oxygen levels (hypoxia) in cells. Oxygen may play a role in unruly tumor growth in certain types of cancer. Prior research showed that low oxygen levels were a contributing factor to cause cancer to advance, however, they did not point to it as the main cause.

2012 California County Health Report released by CDPH

County Population Dark Orange is over 900,000, medium orange is 300,000 to 900,000 and lightest yellow is under 300,000 people - credit CDPH.gov report

(Best Syndication News) - The California Department of Public Health has released their County Health Status Profiles 2012 report that assesses the health status of each county throughout the state. The current data analyzed was between 2008 – 2010 and was compared against the Healthy People 2010 National Objectives to determine if the state has met each goal.

The CDPH report saw improvements from the previous report that involved the years of 2005 through 2007. The new report saw around a 14 percent decline in the birthrates of adolescent mothers for the 2008 through 2010 data. There was a 29.4 percent reduction in motor vehicle traffic crash death rates, which was the best improvement overall in the 2012 report. The rates of Gonorrhea infections declined by 25.6 percent. AIDS infections declined by 24.4 percent. Diabetes death rates also showed a decline by 11.1 percent. All cancers including lung, breast, and prostate declined since the 2005 – 2007 report. There also was a reduction in coronary heart disease, and cerebrovascular disease. However, death rates for Alzheimer’s disease and suicide rates increased.

Daily Aspirin Regimen might be beneficial for Preventing Cancer

Aspirin - BSN

(Best Syndication News) - The American Cancer Society has released a new report that suggests aspirin may play a part in reducing the risk for death from cancer. The new information may one day lead to medical professional recommending aspiring for cancer prevention. The report was published online in Nature Reviews Clinical Oncology.

Previous research has suggested that taking a daily aspirin could reduce the risk for colorectal cancer and the recurrence of adenomatous polyps. There is a downfall in taking aspirin for bleeding risk. However, a study of cardiovascular trials found that taking 75-100 mg daily also reduced the cancer risk for all types.

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