Preventing Cancer

 

 

Focus on Preventing Cancer

Focus is the online newsletter for Norris Cotton Cancer Center.

News is posted as it happens, making Focus the most up-to-date source of information about the developments and people at the Cancer Center.

Below are all the Focus articles related specifically to preventing cancer. All Focus articles are also available.

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Am I Dense or Not?

Few women understand the term “breast density.” Are dense breasts large and heavy or perky and young? Is it common to a certain cup size? Does it matter if you nursed? The only way to tell if you have dense breasts is with an X-ray mammogram.

September 30, 2014

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2014 Surgeon General Report

Physicians promoted "fresh" or "less irritating" cigarettes in advertisements into the 1950s—now we know tobacco smoke harms even nonsmokers. Unless things change, experts predict that 5.6 million of today’s children will die early as a result of smoking.

September 15, 2014

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The Chemo Diet: When Every Calorie Counts

A diet conjures up images of low-fat foods. The "chemo diet" is all about maintaining and, in some cases, gaining weight. Chemotherapy patients eat to stay strong, yet one of the side effects of chemotherapy is that patients often lose their appetite.

August 25, 2014

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Coached Activities Help Preteen Health

A recent NCCC study shows that extracurricular activities such as coached team sports can shape healthy habits at a time in life when young people can get hooked on smoking and drinking.

August 04, 2014

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Sun Safe: Prevent Skin Cancer

Exposure to intense summer sun increases the risk of skin cancer, the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the US. Skin cancer is most curable when found and treated early—but you can prevent skin cancer with simple sun safety practices.

July 21, 2014

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E-cigarettes: No Smoke, No Danger?

Smokers turn to e-cigs to ease nicotine withdrawal, or to avoid harmful chemicals in tobacco smoke. But many use e-cigs in public spaces and regular cigarettes everywhere else. Quitting half-way won’t help. And we don’t know that smokeless vapor is safe.

March 31, 2014

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Bedroom TVs and Youth Obesity

More than one-third of U.S. children and teens are overweight or obese. Removing that TV from your child’s bedroom is a single concrete action that you can take to help reduce your child’s risk of excessive weight gain.

March 04, 2014

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Why Screen for Colorectal Cancer?

Most colon cancers start out as small growths in the large intestine. A colorectal screening can find precancerous polyps early, before they become cancer. Screening can also detect cancer early when treatment is most effective.

February 17, 2014

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Quit Smoking for Good This Time

Ninety percent of people who try to quit cold turkey can't, and for those who do quit, "slipping" is common. Accepting that slips are part of the process, and learning about addiction and nicotine replacement products can help you stay tobacco-free.

January 06, 2014

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Cervical Cancer: Screening, Education, Hope

NCCC physicians and researchers brought information and hope to the rural village women. The data they brought back to their labs for complex analysis will provide Honduran physicians information they need to create a comprehensive national plan to fight cervical cancer in Honduras.

December 02, 2013

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How to Stay Healthy: From a Kid's Point of View

Eat right and stay active: we know this can minimize cancer risk. Middle and high school students in Laconia, NH recently used cameras and journals to document what makes it easy (or hard) to incorporate healthy activities into their daily routines.

November 18, 2013

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Radon and Cancer

You can't see or smell it, but radon gas may be entering your basement through the soil around and under the foundation. Once inside, radon binds to dust particles in the air you breathe, and can cause lung cancer.

October 07, 2013

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Fast Food Advertising to Children

Marketing guidelines suggest that children's fast food advertising focus on healthy foods, not toys. But fast food ads for kids focus on movie characters, giveaways, and company branding more than ads for adults.

August 29, 2013

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Task Force Recommends Lung Cancer Screening for Heavy Smokers

Adults with a history of heavy smoking have a new way to protect themselves from lung cancer. An independent panel of experts says low-dose CT scans save lives by finding lung cancer earlier. The opinion means low-dose CT scans could soon be offered annually to some smokers and former smokers.

August 05, 2013

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Teen Obesity and Sugary Drinks

Sugary drinks have been linked to youth obesity, and teens are drinking more of them. Are school vending machines part of the problem?

July 29, 2013

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Is Prostate Screening Right for Me?

Statistics show that universal prostate screening may cause more harm than good for the majority of men. But what if you're in that minority percentage that could benefit? Should you take a chance?

May 28, 2013

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Fight Sun Exposure Risk

Outside workers worry about machines and noise more than sunscreen, but too much sun increases risk for skin cancer, the most common form of cancer in the U.S. The best way to fight back is to protect yourself from overexposure.

April 30, 2013

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How do I Find a Good Cancer Doctor?

If you have been diagnosed with cancer the next steps can feel overwhelming. No matter what kind of cancer you have, identifying the best treatment for your care is important: Where do you go for information? How do you find a good cancer doctor?

April 08, 2013

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Colorectal Cancer Can Be Prevented: Dedicated Community Outreach on CRC Screening Makes a Difference

Dartmouth outreach program helps to increase New Hampshire colorectal cancer screening rate for those over 50 to one of highest nationwide.

March 04, 2013

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Preventive Cancer Screenings: Make an Informed Decision

Preventive screening for cervical, colon, and breast cancers can help spot cancer early, but some tests do have drawbacks.

February 11, 2013

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National Report Documents Continued Decline in U.S. Cancer Death Rates

Healthy behavior changes, better screening technologies help fight lung, breast, colon, and kidney cancer. 

January 14, 2013

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Quit Smoking for the New Year? Your Cell Phone Can Help.

People with smartphones seem to regularly check them throughout the day for email, text messages, and useful information like directions or restaurant menus. It can be like an ongoing conversation. Now one of those conversations could be a mobile health-counseling session that can help you quit smoking.

January 02, 2013

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What are E-Cigarettes?

In many states, they can be found at shopping mall kiosks or sold in the corner convenience store. And they are all over the Internet. The e-cigarette is here—a multi-part electronic nicotine delivery device that plugs into a wall or computer to charge instead of being lit by a match.

December 03, 2012

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Taking It to the Streets

How one physician is raising awareness about breast cancer among refugees living in Manchester.

October 22, 2012

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Fruit Takes on New Meaning for October

Norris Cotton Cancer Center (NCCC) has put a yellow tint on its October breast cancer awareness efforts, a month usually draped in the color pink.

October 01, 2012

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Play Ball. PLEASE!

Preventing lung cancer, the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in this country, is a battle being fought on surprising territory—sports playing fields, silver screens, and corner stores.

September 10, 2012

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Your Body: Your Ally

The notion that a woman with breast cancer has to take it easy and limit her activities is being replaced by a new, more accurate image—a physically active participant in her own recovery.

August 27, 2012

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New CT Scan for Lung Cancer Screening Debuts at Norris Cotton Cancer Center

Thanks to research conducted at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center, smokers can now take an active role in making decisions about their long-term health.

June 27, 2012

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Stay Safe on Sunny Days

As welcome as Spring's sunshine and longer days are, they also carry a cancer risk.

May 21, 2012

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Brain Imaging May Predict Appetite for Junk Food

At a time when obesity has become epidemic in American society, Dartmouth scientists have found that functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) brain scans may be able to predict weight gain.

April 30, 2012

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Annual Cancer Report Highlights Continued Decreasing U.S. Cancer Mortality

Good news from a consortium of organizations led by the National Cancer Institute and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Death rates from all cancers combined for men, women, and children continued to decline in the United States between 2004 and 2008, according to the newly released Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer, 1975-2008.

April 02, 2012

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Surgeon General Cites Cancer Center Studies in New Youth Smoking Report

It's shocking. Every day, more than 1,200 people in the United States die from smoking-related causes—more than 440,000 Americans every year.

March 19, 2012

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A Doctor—and a Life—Saved by a Colonoscopy

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month—a national movement to increase awareness and education about colorectal cancer and to spread the message that colorectal cancer is preventable, treatable, and beatable if detected early.

March 12, 2012

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Radiation Research Aims to Improve Disaster Response

Researchers at Dartmouth-Hitchcock have been working to perfect an easy-to-use, reasonably portable dosimeter to detect levels of radiation in teeth and nails in the event of a nuclear disaster.

March 05, 2012

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Video Gets to the Bottom of Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal cancer is deadly—it is, in fact, the second-leading cause of cancer death in the United States, after lung cancer. But it is also one of only a few cancers that can be prevented through the use of screening tests. Literally, screening tests can save lives.

February 27, 2012

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Alcohol in Movies Influences Young Teen Habits

Young teens who watch a lot of movies featuring alcohol are twice as likely to start drinking as their peers who watch relatively few such films, reveals new research from Norris Cotton Cancer Center.

February 21, 2012

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Picturing Healthy Living

Collaborating with Norris Cotton Cancer Center researcher Anna Adachi-Mejia, PhD, students and residents of Woodsville, NH, utilized an innovative kind of photo-journalism to record their ideas about healthy ways to live to minimize the risk of cancer.

January 03, 2012

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Fast Food in the Movies

Kids are getting an eyeful of positive fast-food impressions every time they go to the movies.

December 26, 2011

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A Question of Family—and Cancer

Why do certain kinds of cancers evidently appear generation to generation in certain families? The Familial Cancer Program offers family history analysis, risk assessment, screening and prevention recommendations, genetic counseling, and genetic testing.

November 23, 2011

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Five Keys for Quitting Smoking

Studies have shown that these five steps will help you quit and quit for good. You have the best chances of quitting if you use them together.

November 14, 2011

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Dartmouth Receives $6.1M Women's Breast Cancer Grant

A new Breast Cancer Screening Center will develop and test new informational tools to help women understand the benefits of screening.

October 24, 2011

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Men: Discuss PSA Testing with Your Doctor

New federal draft guidelines issued by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) that question the necessity of PSA testing for prostate cancer in men should be assessed by men in discussion with their physicians.

October 11, 2011

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Rural Mothers and Exercise

A new Cancer Center study found that rural mothers perceive specific internal barriers to being adequately physically active.

April 28, 2011

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A Numbers Game

"The question policymakers have to ask themselves is, 'Who would benefit the most screening?' It’s easy to say, 'Everyone,' but in an era of limited resources that’s not a useful answer." – Samir Soneji, PhD

April 26, 2011

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Meeting the Challenges to Colorectal Cancer Screening

Colorectal cancer is one of the most common causes of cancer deaths, but it's also one of the few cancers that can be prevented.

April 25, 2011

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A Surgeon's Personal Call to Cancer Care

Patients connect with Stefan Holubar, MD, and he connects with them, in the exclusive bond of shared experience.

April 20, 2011

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"A Tremendous Opportunity"

The New Hampshire Colorectal Cancer Screening Program aims to increase CRC screening to 80% of the state's residents age 50 and older by 2014.

October 25, 2010

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Pitching Prevention

The Cancer Center's Telisa Stewart, MPH, DrPH, teaches youngsters, as well as adults, that a day in the sun is a beautiful thing but that if kids aren't protected, it can also be dangerous.

October 20, 2010

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Learning to Look

A museum and an examination room both reward close, thoughtful, thorough observation. In one lives are enhanced, in the other lives may be saved.

October 15, 2010

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By the Numbers

Medical consumers face an increasingly dense thicket of statistical claims about medicines, procedures, and tests.

July 10, 2010

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