• Rockland County executive is undergoing cancer treatment

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    NEW CITY, N.Y. (AP) — Rockland County executive Ed Day is undergoing treatment for prostate cancer. His office says the cancer was detected in the early stage. It says Day's prognosis is "excellent" and he does not expect any significant side effects. He underwent a hospital procedure on Friday. He'll have a reduced work schedule for a while. Day says his father died as the result of "unchecked prostate cancer." He urges everyone to have regular cancer screenings — especially people who are at higher risk for the disease.

  • Skin cancer on rise in teens, 20s. What should you be telling kids?

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    Vandegrift High School senior Brian Mulligan first found his skin cancer at the start of last summer when he was 17. He’s had a birthmark on his nose since he was born, but it was now raised, red and irritated. It also had a scab on it. For Mulligan, who has spent most of every day outside either playing tennis or golf or at the pool or on the lake, exposing his skin to the sun was part of life. Wearing sunscreen, despite his mother’s warnings, was not. Mulligan was diagnosed with squamous cell skin cancer. He had it removed, which left a noticeable scar. Now he wears sunscreen, including zinc oxide on his nose, and he wears a hat. “If anything, now it’s not a joking matter,” he says.

  • Planned Parenthood dropped from cancer screening program in state budget

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    AUSTIN — In the latest blow to Planned Parenthood, Texas lawmakers have approved a budget measure to exclude the organization’s health clinics from a state program that funds breast and cervical cancer screenings and helps women pay for treatment. Under the proposed budget, health clinics affiliated with abortion providers wouldn’t be eligible to participate in the combined federal and state-funded Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening program, which provides free screenings and diagnostic tests to low-income and uninsured women in Texas. “Texans have made it abundantly clear that they do not want their tax dollars flowing to abortion providers and their affiliates,” chief Senate budget writer Jane Nelson, R-Flower M

  • Carr family to raise awareness of pediatric brain cancer

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The family of 4-year-old with an inoperable brain tumor has announced a new foundation to raise public awareness. Chad Carr is the grandson of ex-Michigan football coach Lloyd Carr and son of ex-Wolverines quarterback Jason Carr. Jason Carr and wife Tammi Carr say the Chad Tough Foundation will build on a research fund established last year when their son was diagnosed. Tammi Carr says the foundation's goal is to build a grassroots network to spread news about intrinsic pontine glioma, and to raise money for families dealing with the rare disease. The Ann Arbor News (http://bit.ly/1c8bivL ) says the foundation will start with a 60-home garage sale June 4-6 in Washtenaw County's Pittsfield

  • Grant furthers cancer detection and prevention efforts by ASU

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    SAN ANGELO, Texas - Angelo State University landed a $1.48 million grant to further provide breast and cervical cancer detection and prevention services to West Texas women. The grant, awarded by the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, is spread out over three years and coordinated through the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health at ASU. The ASU project, Access to Breast and Cervical Care for West Texas, is overseen by Linda Ross, executive director of ASU’s Center for Community Wellness, Engagement and Development, and Leslie Mayrand, dean of ASU’s College of Health and Human Services. The program is an expansion of the Access to Breast Care for West Texas project funded by a $1.12 million CPRIT gr

  • PRMC to offer free skin cancer screenings Friday


    To recognize the importance of May as Natonal Skin Cancer Awareness Month, Peterson Regional Medical Center will host a free skin cancer screening from 8:30 a.m. to noon Friday at the Ambulatory Care Center, 260 Cully Drive. Lala Stawowy, M.D., will be on hand for the screening, and no appointment is necessary. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, skin cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal skin cells. It occurs when unrepaired DNA damage to skin cells — most often caused by ultraviolet radiation from sunshine or tanning beds — triggers mutations that lead the skin cells to multiply rapidly and form malignant tumors. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States.

  • 10 inspiring stories that will make you smile

    Richard Hall | Updated: Wed, May 20, 2015

    With all of the troubles and worries in the world today, it's nice to read about spontaneous acts of kindness people do for one another. Here are 10 of those stories that are sure to make you smile. [pagebreak] No. 10 Read the complete story here. [pagebreak] No.

  • News briefs from around Tennessee at 1:58 a.m. EDT

    Updated: Wed, May 20, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A man who ran for Congress last year in East Tennessee has pleaded guilty to plotting an attack on a small Muslim enclave in New York. Federal agents began investigating Robert Doggart of Signal Mountain following a Facebook posting in which he claimed a community outside of Hancock, New York, was planning a terrorist attack and "must be utterly destroyed," according to the plea agreement entered last month. This area in Delaware County is known as "Islamberg," a self-named community consisting primarily of Muslims. Via cellphone, Doggart also told unnamed people cooperating with the FBI that his plan involved killing residents and burning at least three buildings. He met with at least one sour

  • Expert panel criticizes medical care at Illinois prisons

    Updated: Wed, May 20, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) — A scathing new report by court-approved researchers paints a bleak picture of medical care in Illinois prisons, describing extended treatment delays, haphazard follow-up care, chaotic record keeping and a litany of other problems. The 405-page report, based on prison visits over several months and access to thousands of prison records, suggests that shoddy care may have shortened the lives of some convicts, including a former Chicago street gang member who died of lung cancer. Promptly disputed by the Illinois Department of Corrections, the report was filed late Tuesday night in U.S. District Court in Chicago in a class-action lawsuit against the agency that oversees 49,000 inmates.

  • Apple Watch for the Cure?

    Updated: Wed, May 20, 2015

    Wear a free, pink-banded Apple Sport Watch, participate in breast cancer research. That’s an option the Wayne based Polaris Health Directions and Camden’s MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper will offer by fall to some breast cancer patients undergoing treatment at the hospital, shared representatives announcing a “memorandum of understanding” to develop an “integrated medical-behavioral health pilot project.” “Our integrated BHOM (behavioral health outcomes management) platform Polestar has been helping to improve overall outcomes in patients through the U.S. via browsers and iPads,” said Tina Harralson, Ph.D., science director, Polaris Labs. “Through this breast cancer pilot, we hope to see even better patient ou

  • Dense Breasts Are Just One Part Of The Cancer Risk Calculus

    Published: Wed, May 20, 2015

    Almost half the states now require doctors to tell women if they have dense breasts because they're at higher risk of breast cancer, and those cancers are harder to find. But not all women with dense breasts have the same risks, a study says. Those differences need to be taken into account when figuring out each woman's risk of breast cancer, the study says, and also weighed against other factors, including family history, age and ethnicity.

  • 8 Simple ways to significantly lower your chances of ever getting cancer

    Updated: Wed, May 20, 2015

    When it comes to preventing cancer, your best defense may be common sense: Up to 40 percent of cancers are caused by “lifestyle behaviors” like smoking, eating too much, and not exercising, according to a 2011 study in The British Journal of Cancer. “Most lung cancers are related to smoking. Most skin cancers are related to sun exposure. Most cervical cancers are related to HPV,” says Gregory Masters, MD, an attending physician at the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center in Newark, Delaware. “Genetics, on the other hand, are related to a fairly small number of cancers, maybe 10 to 15 percent.” As such, he says, “focusing on healthy behaviors is the most effective way to lower your risk of cancer.” Here are eight ways to boost yo

  • Window onto ailments: First database of brain-cell types released

    Updated: Wed, May 20, 2015

    SEATTLE, Three years ago, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen doubled down on brain research, luring some of the nation’s top experts to Seattle and pledging an additional $300 million to study the world’s most complex organ at a level of detail never before possible. Now, the Allen Institute for Brain Science is releasing initial results from that effort: The first, online database that profiles individual neurons based on shape, activity and other factors — similar to the way baseball fans size up players from their batting averages and positions. The institute is also unveiling a more in-depth analysis of a deadly type of brain cancer to help spur development of new treatments.

  • Tom Brokaw shares the facts of his cancer in ‘Lucky Life’

    Updated: Wed, May 20, 2015

    “A Lucky Life Interrupted” by Tom Brokaw; Random House (230 pages, $27) ——— Tom Brokaw is an icon of American television. A pillar of the NBC news division for decades, he is among the last of his kind — the paterfamilias news anchor whose name, face and voice instantly lends credibility to any circumstance. It’s a role Brokaw earned by decades of tireless reporting that made him witness to some of the most significant events in his lifetime; it was Brokaw who famously told a nation “we are at war” as the towers of the World Trade Center fell. So it’s not surprising that when he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2013, Brokaw decided to keep it to himself.

  • Cuba’s lung cancer vaccine could help US patients

    Updated: Wed, May 20, 2015

    The following editorial appeared in the Chicago Tribune on Wednesday, May 20: ——— Here’s the thing about cigars: They cause lung cancer. Cuba has a lot of cigars — and a lot of cancer. But the country famous for its Cohibas also has some promising anti-cancer drugs, and the United States has its eye on them. Lung cancer kills more people in the U.S. than prostate, breast and colorectal cancer combined, according to the American Lung Association. Survival rates are dismal. Lung cancers are hard to catch early, and more than half of patients die within a year of being diagnosed. Last month, Buffalo, N.Y.

  • Celebrating 20 years of being cancer-free

    Updated: Wed, May 20, 2015

    There’s always been something sort of milestone-ish about 20 years. It’s accepted in most places as the standard to measure success in employment (20 years with the same company usually qualifies for a co-worker luncheon or office party at the very least), and in marriage (the 20-year anniversary is designated platinum as opposed to wood, paper, leather, etc.). Twenty-year high school or college reunions are usually a little more lavish and well-attended, largely driven, if truth be told, by curiosity about how well former classmates have fared in transitioning into the beginnings of middle age. Who’s gained 50 pounds, who’s gone grey or bald, and who’s divorced are compelling questions after 20 years have elapsed.

  • ‘Sham’ cancer charities raised $187 million, used almost none on patients, lawsuit says

    Updated: Tue, May 19, 2015

    The pitch was simple, and played on the images of a devastating disease to tug on heartstrings and open pocketbooks. One of the websites featured pictures of smiling children, some of them in hospital beds, one in a tutu and a scarf covering her bare head. The money, people were told, would go directly to helping women and children sick with cancer, paying for wigs, pain medications and transportation to chemotherapy appointments. All of those claims were “outright lies,” according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday by the Federal Trade Commission, all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

  • Girl who got call from Taylor Swift dies after cancer battle

    Updated: Tue, May 19, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) — A 12-year-old Chicago girl who talked to singer Taylor Swift about music, touring and disease has died after a battle with cancer. The mother of Emily Beazley posted a message about the girl's passing late Monday on her Facebook page, saying her daughter's last gift "was passing peacefully." Emily, who had non-Hodgkins lymphoma, talked with Swift for about 10 minutes last month. Friends and family appealed for a call from Swift via social media to call Emily, including a video with about 200 children singing and dancing to Swift songs. Nadia Beazley says Swift's manager offered the family tickets and a chance to meet the singer at her Detroit concert May 30. Swift announced in April that her mothe

  • Emily Beazley, who waged public battle with cancer, dies at 12 - Chicago

    Published: Tue, May 19, 2015

    Emily Beazley, the 12-year-old girl who talked to Taylor Swift and got to serve as a Chicago cop during a public battle with cancer died Tuesday morning. Emily’s mother, Nadia Beasley, posted a message about the Mount Greenwood girl’s passing on her Facebook page: “My beautiful Emily got to use her angel wings. She fought hard to the end. Her last gift to me was passing peacefully.” Emily Beazley had been stricken with Stage 3 T-Cell lymphoblastic non-Hodgkin lymphoma since April 2011. She finished treatment in July 2013. Since then, she has relapsed several times. Last August, her little sister Olivia donated stem cells but Emily relapsed again in January.

  • FTC: Family raised $187M for cancer, spent it on themselves

    Updated: Tue, May 19, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Tennessee man and his family used much of the $187 million it collected for cancer patients to buy themselves cars, gym memberships and take luxury cruise vacations, pay for college tuition and employ family members with six-figure salaries, federal officials alleged Tuesday in one of the largest charity fraud cases ever, involving all 50 states. The joint action by the Federal Trade Commission and the states says James T. Reynolds Sr., his ex-wife and son raised the money through their various charities: The Cancer Fund of America in Knoxville, Tennessee, and its affiliated Cancer Support Services; The Breast Cancer Society in Mesa, Arizona; and the Children's Cancer Fund of America in Powell, Tennessee.