Cancer Prevention

Cancer Prevention
Genetic Biomarkers

Genetic Screening for Cancer Prevention: Many Choices

Issue 28, Winter/Spring 2016

Sequencing the human genome for the first time cost about the same as building an aircraft carrier. But now, large genetic tests are available for about the same price as bicycles.

As costs have declined, the trend is moving towards using it in broader groups of people for more precise estimation of disease risk, including for cancer prevention.

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Senior Couple doing Yoga

High Levels of Exercise Tied to Reduced Risk for 13 Cancers

Issue 28, Winter/Spring 2016

The largest study of its kind finds that people who exercise regularly may reap a dividend, cutting their odds for 13 types of cancer.

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Letter From the Editors

Issue 28, Winter/Spring 2016

In this issue of Cancer Prevention, we report on a recent study that demonstrates a significant protective effect of physical activity on risk for many types of cancer.

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Susan G. Komen: Piecing Together the Puzzle of Breast Cancer Prevention

Issue 28, Winter/Spring 2016

With 1 in 8 women in the U.S. likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer within her lifetime and more than 240,000 new cases of breast cancers diagnosed in the U.S. this year alone, many argue that preventing this disease is the only way we will ever conquer it, while others wonder whether breast cancer can be prevented.

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Genetic Biomarkers

Stopping Cancer Before It Starts: The Promise of the Pre-cancer Genome Atlas

Issue 28, Winter/Spring 2016

Imagine, in the not-too-distant future, a routine visit to your doctor’s office. As usual, samples of blood or urine are taken for testing. Then, a bit later, you get the news: Special “biomarkers” in those samples suggest you are at especially high risk of developing a specific type of cancer.

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Sir Richard Peto

Spotlight On... Sir Richard Peto, FRS

Issue 28, Winter/Spring 2016

The battle against tobacco has been a long one, but finally – in Western nations at least – smoking rates have begun to fall. And most experts in cancer prevention would credit at least some of that achievement to the work of Sir Richard Peto.

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Preventing Lung Cancer in People Who Have Never Smoked

Issue 28, Winter/Spring 2016

While there is general knowledge that tobacco smoking is a powerful cause of lung cancer, indeed the cause of most cases in the United States and worldwide, lung cancer does occur in never smokers.

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Water vs Soda

Are Sodas, Other Sugary Drinks Falling Out of Favor With Americans?

Issue 28, Winter/Spring 2016

This June, Philadelphia became the first major U.S. city to pass a tax on sugary beverages such as sodas – one more sign that Americans’ love affair with the fattening drinks might be on the wane.

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Uruguay’s Legal Victory May Re-Ignite Global Fight against Big Tobacco

Issue 28, Winter/Spring 2016

It’s a true David-and-Goliath story: Uruguay, a South American nation with a population of less than 4 million, has been successful in beating back a legal challenge to its anti-smoking laws launched by one of the world’s biggest tobacco companies.

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