Monthly Research Roundup: Gut Bacteria, Aspirin, and More

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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 some of the interesting stories our researchers think you should know about from February.

  • A surprising role for gut bacteria: The expansive community of bacteria that lives inside the human gut may increase the effectiveness of certain types of cancer treatments, according to two new studies.
  • The complex aspirin-cancer connection: American Cancer Society researcher, Eric J. Jacobs, Ph.D., explains exactly what it is that research shows about whether aspirin can play a role in cancer prevention.
  • Health insurance key to early cancer diagnosis: Adolescents and young adults who do not have health insurance are more likely than those who have private insurance to be diagnosed with cancer after it has spread to other parts of the body, according to a new study by American Cancer Society researchers.
  • Colorectal cancer survival improves for some: The chances of surviving colorectal cancer that has spread to other parts of the body at the time of diagnosis are much better today than they were in the late 1990s – but only for certain racial, ethnic, and age groups in the United States.
  • Government panel calls for more HPV research: A new report from the President's Cancer Panel is calling for action to increase rates of vaccinations against human papillomavirus – and says conducting more research will be vital to achieving this goal.

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