Cancer Prevention Research News

1 in 10 Cancer Survivors Smoke

Even after getting through cancer, about 1 in 10 survivors still report smoking about 9 years after a diagnosis. And, survivors who say they smoke consume an average of 15 cigarettes per day—almost a full pack.

300,000 Americans May Reveal Cancer Prevention Clues

The American Cancer Society just finished enrolling more than 300,000 Americans in its Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3). Alpa V. Patel, Ph.D., director of the Cancer Prevention Study-3, shares her insights into what makes this type of research so important in the fight against cancer and what she and her team hope to discover through CPS-3.

50 Years of Fighting Tobacco

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the landmark Surgeon General’s report linking smoking to lung cancer and other diseases – a report that launched the anti-tobacco movement in the U.S. Research conducted by the American Cancer Society played an important part in that first report, and in those that have followed. Read on for more information about how the Society helped establish the link between smoking and cancer, how the anti-tobacco landscape has changed over the decades, and what the most recent report has to say about the tobacco epidemic.

A New Intervention for Improving Health After Cancer

Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, Ph.D., a nutrition scientist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, has developed an intervention that is proven to improve cancer survivors’ health behaviors. Now, she plans to use her just-awarded American Cancer Society Clinical Research Professor grant to turn her program into a web-based solution that all survivors could easily access.

Changing the Doctor-Parent HPV Conversation

One of the biggest barriers to increasing the rate of HPV vaccination is getting more healthcare providers to recommend it in the same way they do other types of vaccines, according to gynecologist and Boston University researcher Rebecca Perkins.

How to Save Millions of Lives: 10 Essential Facts from the Tobacco Atlas

Tobacco use kills more than 6 million people each year around the world. It will take a global effort to stamp out the profound harm that tobacco and the industry that sells its products inflicts on people and on the planet. That is the message of the just-released 5th Edition of The Tobacco Atlas, produced by the American Cancer Society and the World Lung Foundation.

Many Who Could Benefit From HPV Vaccine Unaware It Is Effective

The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine can prevent infections from the 2 types of HPV responsible for 70% of all cervical cancers. But many Americans who would benefit from getting the vaccine do not know this information – even though the vaccine has been available for more than 7 years.

Nanosensor Device May Help Watch for Cancer From the Inside

Nanoscale technology is infiltrating everything from computers to cars to clothing. Such tiny tech – 80,000 to 100,000 times smaller than a single strand of human hair – may also become the basis for a next generation cancer detection and monitoring system. A device just one nanometer in diameter, which can be inserted under the skin, may one day be able to signal the onset, progression or spread of cancer, and then alert doctors so they can take action more quickly.

Personalized Cancer Prevention

Personalized medicine is not just important for cancer treatment, but also for cancer prevention. With the knowledge of the mutations linked to cancer and access to more cost-effective genetic testing, researchers and doctors are increasingly able to identify if a person is at a higher risk for cancer and if a cancer patient is at increased risk for getting another cancer.

Stop-Smoking Breakthroughs: Past, Present and Future

As part of its efforts to help Americans stop smoking, the American Cancer Society hosts the annual Great American Smokeout – and has been doing so since the 1970s. A lot has changed, though, over the years, and researchers have made major breakthroughs that now help make it easier for people to stop smoking.

The Cancer-Weight Connection: Five Key Findings

When it comes to cancer, weight matters. Up to one-third of cancer deaths each year are linked to poor diet, physical inactivity, and carrying too much weight. Read about five key findings American Cancer Society researchers have uncovered about weight and cancer.

World Cancer Day: Taking Control of Tobacco

This World Cancer Day , the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) – which leads the charge on the initiative – is working to debunk global cancer myths. Myth 3, “There is nothing I can do about cancer,” is one in particular that American Cancer Society researcher Evan Blecher , Ph.D., has a lot to say about.