Monthly Research Roundup: Stopping Cervical Cancer, 2015 Cancer Facts, and More

January 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 January 2015.

  • High-powered imaging to improve cervical cancer detection: A new high-resolution microscope that makes it possible to visualize and analyze individual cells instantaneously using very fast pulses of light may, one day, make screening for cervical cancer faster, easier, and more precise.
  • Looking for lower-cost option to fight HPV infection: The way current HPV vaccines work make them expensive to produce, according to Patricio I. Meneses, Ph.D., a researcher at Fordham University, who, with the help of an American Cancer Society grant, is in the process of looking for new and less expensive ways to prevent – or even treat – HPV, the virus responsible for most cervical cancers worldwide.
  • Helping doctors talk to parents about the HPV vaccine: 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 Rebecca Perkins, a gynecologist and Society-funded researcher at Boston University.
  • Key cancer statistics for 2015: Explore 10 important numbers from the American Cancer Society’s 2015 Cancer Facts & Figures publication.
  • Healthy habits that make a big difference: A new study of 476,396 men and women found that those who followed the American Cancer Society’s healthy behavior guidelines were less likely to get cancer or die from it.

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