Around 400 BC, the Greek physician Hippocrates is believed to have first described tumors as “cancer,” using the words “karkinos” or “karkinoma,” which stem from the Greek word for “crab”. Today, hundreds of different types of cancer have been described. As our understanding of this group of diseases continues to grow, cancer prevention, detection, and treatment advancements continue to evolve.Read More
The women bustle around a warm, colorful kitchen, making tamales for an upcoming family party. A woman in her 20s has received the distressing news that she has tested positive for the human papillomavirus (HPV). She’s upset and angry, but also resolved to do everything she can to prevent the virus from developing into cervical cancer.Read More
The injustices come in many ways.
A transgender woman is admitted to the hospital for cancer treatment. Her physicians decide to wean her from the hormones that have enabled her to …
The 12th AACR Conference on the Science of Cancer Health Disparities in Racial/Ethnic Minorities and the Medically Underserved kicked off Friday evening in San Francisco with a passionate call to fight cancer disparities on every front, from socioeconomic to biological.
“Everyone in this room is united in our goal to eliminate cancer health disparities,” said conference cochair Phyllis Pettit Nassi, MSW, manager of Special Populations and Native American Outreach at Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City. “Medical research powers our ability to treat our patients. Conferences such as this, where we unite as a community, fuel hope that we can improve the lives of our patients.”Read More
In recent decades, the cancer research community has made great strides by bringing new, targeted, safer, and longer-lasting treatments to patients dealing with a variety of cancers. While this achievement is truly remarkable and laudable, a glaring fact is that these groundbreaking advances have not translated into progress for everyone.Read More
Non-Hispanic black men in the United States are much more likely to develop prostate cancer and to die from the disease than their non-Hispanic white counterparts. Many factors contribute to this striking disparity, including access to and use of health care, social and economic status, and biology. As discussed by Steven R. Patierno, PhD, and colleagues in a recent perspective article in the AACR journal Clinical Cancer Research, alternative RNA splicing is one biological factor contributing to prostate cancer disparities.Read More
As the American population grows ever more diverse, cancer researchers are discovering that digging deep into demographic information can provide useful insight into the way cancer affects ethnic groups differently.Read More
Experts identify opportunities and challenges facing cancer researchers in 2017.Read More
This month is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a type of cancer against which we have made much progress. However, a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) highlights that the progress we are making has not been uniform for all segments of the population.Read More
The AACR’s disparities conference covered a wide array of issues this year, from the biological factors that make some racial and ethnic groups especially prone to certain types of cancer, to intriguing new ways to improve prevention and detection, to the cost of cancer disparities.Read More