Monthly Research Roundup: Lung Cancer Death Rates, Tanning Troubles, 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 May.

  • Lung cancer death rates diverging: The lung cancer mortality rate among older women in many countries is increasing, while among younger women it is declining, according to a study by American Cancer Society researchers, published May 16 in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers, & Prevention.
  • A new drug for skin cancer in the works: Early research suggests that vitamin D, a compound the human body makes naturally when exposed to the sun and essential to healthy bones, has the potential to be used as a starting point in the creation of new drugs to treat skin cancer.
  • Tackling tanning problem: American Cancer Society grantee Leah Ferrucci, Ph.D., a Yale University researcher, is working on ways to get young women to better understand the dangers of tanning and help them break the habit.
  • Communication after cancer is key: Cancer survivors require frequent and appropriate follow-up care from their doctors, but the majority of survivors are not getting a clear plan of action for their after-treatment care, according to a new study from National Cancer Institute researchers.
  • Genomic identification of tumors may be next great breakthrough: American Cancer Society Chief Medical Officer Otis Brawley, M.D., provides high-level insights into the progress cancer researchers have made as well as the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

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