Monthly Research Roundup: Tobacco Atlas Unveiled, How to Avert More Colon Cancer Deaths, 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 March 2015.

  • New Resource to Fight Tobacco: The fifth edition of The Tobacco Atlas book and the new companion website, produced by the American Cancer Society and the World Lung Foundation, reveal the challenges to health, the economy, and the planet of tobacco use worldwide.
  • Gut bacteria is your colon’s friend: The trillions of bacteria in the human body appear to play an important role in keeping the colon clean and healthy, helping to ward off cancer.
  • Experts focus on childhood cancer care: Experts from across a variety of sectors came together to discuss the challenges children with cancer and their families face as well as strategies for addressing them at a 2-day Institute of Medicine workshop, convened by the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Policy Forum.
  • Investigating iron’s role in colon cancer: American Cancer Society-funded researcher Lisa Tussing-Humphreys, Ph.D., R.D., is trying to figure out whether changes in the way the body processes iron when a person is obese is one of the reasons people who are obese are more likely to get colorectal cancer.
  • Increased screening could prevent 203,000 colon cancer deaths: If the colon cancer screening rate in the U.S. increases to 80% by the year 2018, 277,000 new cases of colon cancer and 203,000 deaths could be prevented within 20 years.

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