Monthly Research Roundup: New Uses for Existing Drugs, Smoking Cessation Trends, and More

November 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 some of the interesting stories our researchers think you should know about from November 2014.

  • Finding new uses for existing drugs: Researchers are investigating whether existing drugs created for a specific condition, such as diabetes or psoriasis, could help some lung cancer patients.
  • New trends in smoking cessation: A review of three major trends in smoking cessation and expert insights from Lee Westmaas, Ph.D., director of tobacco control research at the American Cancer Society, into their salience for stopping smoking.
  • An individualized approach to helping smokers quit: Finding lung cancer early-or better yet, preventing it-among underserved minorities is the goal of American Cancer Society-funded researcher Sanja Percac-Lima, M.D., Ph.D., who will use patient navigators to help patients quit smoking and get screened.
  • Colon cancer inequities: Half of all premature colon cancer deaths in the U.S. are linked to racial, socioeconomic, and geographic inequalities, according to a study by American Cancer Society researchers published online November 10, 2014 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
  • Missed opportunity for preventing cervical cancer: Millions of women who could benefit from getting screened for cervical cancer are not getting tested, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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