December Research Roundup

Every day, American Cancer Society researchers and scientists across the world are working to find cancer cures – and better ways to treat and prevent the disease. Below are highlights from 10 important American Cancer Society research stories from 2013.

1. Cancer Death Rates Down: The rate of death from cancer in the United States continues to decline among both men and women, among all major racial and ethnic groups, and for the most common types of cancer, according to the Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer.

2. Walk More: Researchers from the American Cancer Society have found that walking at least 7 hours per week is associated with a 14% lower risk of developing breast cancer after menopause.

3. Colon Cancer Screening Science: American Cancer Society grantee, Bert Vogelstein, M.D., of the Johns Hopkins Oncology Center won the first-ever Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences in 2013 – an award of $3 million, more than double the amount of the Nobel Prize – for his discovery of three genes related to the development of colon cancer, which led to advances in the prevention and early detection of colon cancer.

4. Lung Screening Importance: Researchers from the American Cancer Society have found that screening all former and current smokers who fall within guideline recommendations could prevent up to 12,000 lung cancer deaths a year in the U.S.

5. 300,000: This is the number of Americans that the American Cancer Society recently finished enrolling in its new Cancer Prevention Study-3, with the goal of discovering more ways to stop cancer.

6. Deaths from Breast Cancer Down: The American Cancer Society finds that death rates from breast cancer in the United States have dropped 34% since 1990.

7. Up in Smoke: Africa is poised to become the “future epicenter of the tobacco epidemic,” according to an analysis from the American Cancer Society.

8. Champion for Children: Dr. Joanne Wolfe has spent her career helping children with advanced cancer and is now working on a novel system for better managing their physical and emotional symptoms.

9. Outdoor Air Pollution Causes Lung Cancer: After the International Agency for Research on Cancer announced this, long-time American Cancer Society grant reviewer Emanuela Taioli, M.D., Ph.D. said “the next step is to see changes in policy and emissions standards.”

10. Be a Stronger Survivor: A review of scientific studies finds that physical therapy and other types of rehabilitation can improve cancer survivors’ quality of life by addressing the physical and emotional problems that most report experiencing.


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