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Month: February 2016

The ‘Crisis’ of Low HPV Vaccination Rates: A Conversation with Dr. Noel Brewer

Last week, all 69 NCI-Designated Cancer Centers released a consensus statement on human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination in the United States. The statement describes the continued low rates of HPV vaccination as “a serious public health threat,” recommends that parents have their children vaccinated, and urges clinicians “to be advocates for cancer prevention by making strong recommendations for childhood HPV vaccination.”

In this interview, Noel Brewer, Ph.D., of the University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and chair of the National HPV Vaccination Roundtable, discusses the issue and some of the key actions that can help to improve HPV vaccination rates.

CGH Supports World Cancer Day Every Day

We celebrate World Cancer Day every year on February 4th. This year the theme “We can. I can.” invites us to think not only about how we can work with one another to reduce the global burden of cancer, but how we as individuals can make a difference. Every day the staff at CGH work to establish and build upon programs that are aimed at improving the lives of people affected by cancer.

CGH works in tandem with partners from around the globe to advance cancer research, strengthen cancer control efforts, and build capacity through training. It is the staff, however, who has dedicated long hours and extraordinarily hard work that has brought about CGH’s success in these programs. Today we celebrate World Cancer Day with a handful of commemorative Events, but it is important that we keep the up the momentum and recognize that We Can make World Cancer Day every day.

Tackling the Global Cancer Burden: A Conversation with NCI’s Dr. Ted Trimble

NCI’s Center for Global Health (CGH) was established in 2011 to foster research and collaboration aimed at better addressing the global burden of cancer, particularly in countries where the incidence of and deaths from cancer have been rising. In honor of World Cancer Day, CGH Director Ted Trimble, M.D., M.P.H., discusses CGH’s efforts to pursue key opportunities in global cancer research.

Persistent Peripheral Neuropathy Increases Fall Risk among Cancer Survivors

Many women cancer survivors have problems with mobility and other physical functioning as a result of persistent peripheral neuropathy caused by chemotherapy treatment, according to a new study. The problems with physical functioning were associated with a substantial increase in the women’s risk for injurious falls.

The study findings were presented on January 11 at the 2016 Cancer Survivorship Symposium in San Francisco.

Mouse Study Points to Mechanism Linking Obesity and Colorectal Cancer Risk

Researchers have identified a biological mechanism that may help explain a longstanding association between obesity and an increased risk of colorectal cancer in humans. In mice, the researchers found, the excess intake of calories reduced the production of a hormone that activates a signaling pathway involved in suppressing the development of tumors in the colon and the rectum.

Expression of the hormone, guanylin, which is only produced and acts in the colon, is often reduced in obese individuals.

President Obama’s Budget Request Affirms Commitment to Progress against Cancer

Yesterday, the White House released the President’s fiscal year (FY) 2017 Budget Request, which includes $680 million of additional funding for NCI to support the cancer research initiative inspired by Vice President Biden.

The budget request affirms the administration’s commitment to cancer research and the realistic optimism in the cancer community about the opportunities for progress in many areas. This substantial proposal follows the $260.5 million increase in NCI funding that Congress appropriated this year.

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