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Month: May 2015

Grantee Spotlight: Monica Baskin, Ph.D. – Studying Weight Loss for Cancer Prevention in African-American Women

Monica Baskin, Ph.D., a project leader for the Deep South Network, an NCI Community Networks Program Center (CNPC) at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, is currently testing the efficacy of evidence-based community strategies for obesity prevention and elimination of cancer health disparities among African-American women living in the Deep South. With the help of community members and the CNPC partners, she developed a weight-loss program which she hopes will become a new standard to help women maintain good health and a healthy weight for years to come.

Dr. Baskin research focus is on cancer prevention and control, and obesity prevention and treatment, and she has been developing culturally appropriate behavioral interventions for underserved communities throughout her career. Early in her career, she had a CRCHD CURE diversity supplement grant during which she studied obesity and its role in cancer.

Welcome to the New

Millions of people depend on the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the nation’s leading cancer research institution, for trusted cancer information. There have been many changes in how people get information about cancer, and NCI has changed along with them. Today, we are launching a new, dynamic, and easier-to-use version of NCI’s central websites, and its counterpart in Spanish,

In redesigning our new website, we queried our website users from four groups:  cancer patients, friends, and family; cancer researchers; policymakers, advocates, and people wanting information about cancer research; and partners and potential partners in business, nonprofits, and government. To identify the best ways to explain how cancer research and treatment work, we asked our users to give us feedback on different approaches.

Collateral Damage: Missing Tumor Suppressor Gene Creates Opening for Cancer Treatment

Tumor cells that are missing one copy of the tumor suppressor gene TP53 often harbor another genetic alteration that may make them susceptible to a targeted attack, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.

In animal models of colorectal cancer, a treatment that took advantage of this additional genetic alteration—a deleted copy of the POLR2A gene—completely eliminated tumors, the research team reported April 22 in Nature.

Screening Rates for Several Cancers Miss Their Targets

Screening rates for breast, colorectal, and cervical cancer are lagging behind target rates set by the Healthy People 2020 program, according to a new study by researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and NCI.

While rates for breast and colorectal cancer screening were stable over the period of the study—2010 to 2013—rates of cervical cancer screening fell, the authors found. The findings were published May 8 in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Most American Adults Do Not Use Sunscreen Regularly

The majority of Americans are not using sunscreen regularly to protect their skin from damage caused by the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays, according to a new survey. About 30 percent of women and less than 15 percent of men regularly use sunscreen on both the face and other exposed areas of skin, the survey suggested.

The study, by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), appeared online May 19 in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.  

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