Cancer in the headlines, July 9



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Lung Cancer in Women on the Rise
Lung cancer is decreasing in men but increasing in women, even in non-smoking women. And the problem may lie in the estrogen. Mortality projections for 2010 are 71,000 for women and 86,000 for me. Lung cancer deaths in women are now much higher than those caused by cancer. More about these next week.

US senator urges release of sunscreen chemical data
US Senator Charles Schumer is calling for the release of data linking certain sunscreen ingredients to skin cancer. The US FDA has been reviewing data regarding the safety of retinyl palmitate, a vitamin A derivative. The data and the results haven’t been released yet. According to the Senator:

“With the recent reports suggesting a possible link between skin cancer and a common chemical found in sunscreens, the FDA must act now to protect consumers.”

Cancer deaths to double by 2030, report says
Cancer rate is on the rise and deaths due to cancer will double by the year 2030, according to International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) estimates. In 2008, cancer mortality was 7.6 million. In 2030, it will be around 13.2 million. Cancer is not restricted to developed countries alone. 63% of all cancer deaths in 2008 were reported in underdeveloped countries.

ESMO publishes updated guidelines on cancer care
The European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) has just issued a revised and enhanced version of clinical recommendations on cancer care. The new guidelines offer “vital, evidence-based information including the incidence of the malignancy, diagnostic criteria, staging of disease and risk assessment, treatment plans and follow-up.”

Counselling Increased Mammography Use Among Low-income Women with Health Insurance
Concern over health costs is one of the major barriers to prevention. Mammography rates are low among women of low income, even if they have health insurance coverage. Researchers at the Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work at Florida International University, however, found that a special counselling program can improve screening rates. A personal counselling is especially more effective, with an increase of 27.1% although counselling through sending a letter also affected an increase of 16.1%. Prior to counselling, the screening rate was only at 13.4%.

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