Practical Steps to Prevent Breast Cancer

Two years ago during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we posted over nine days excerpts from our, then, new book TOGETHER:  Every Woman’s Guide to Preventing Breast Cancer. Each of the nine days focussed on a single practical step that could help lower the risk of the disease.  With each of the steps still relevant and […]

Looking for a Good Return on Investment? Fund Public Health Programs

In a recent New England Journal of Medicine Sounding Board article, Karen Emmons and Cancer News in Context’s Graham Colditz detailed the well-established health and economic benefits of disease prevention programs.   One example they highlighted was the more than double return on investment (ROI) of dollars put towards a tobacco cessation program in Massachusetts. […]

2nd Rural Cancer Disparities Partnership Retreat, July 15, 2016 (Photos)

Photos from Friday’s very successful 2nd Rural Cancer Disparities Retreat at Washington University School of Medicine in collaboration with Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. The P20 leadership team: from left: Sonya Izadi, WUSM project coordinator; Dr. Wiley Jenkins, SIU; Dr. Graham Colditz, WUSM; Dr. David Steward, SIU; Dr. Aimee James, WUSM; and Amanda Fogleman Dr. Graham […]

Genetic Risk of Breast Cancer and Your Options

Cancer News in Context is excited to publish four posts this week on high-risk breast and ovarian cancer.  These posts will provide insight for women (and their families) from Washington University School of Medicine physicians on unique aspects of high-risk disease — from genetic testing and treatment to prevention and risk management.   July 11 […]

Treating and Managing Future Risk in Women with Hereditary Breast Cancer

Cancer News in Context is excited to publish four posts this week on high-risk breast and ovarian cancer.  These posts will provide insight for women (and their families) from Washington University School of Medicine physicians on unique aspects of high-risk disease — from genetic testing and treatment to prevention and risk management.   July 11 […]

High-Risk Ovarian Cancer: Identifying, Preventing, and Managing Risk

Cancer News in Context is excited to publish four posts this week on high-risk breast and ovarian cancer.  These posts will provide insight for women (and their families) from Washington University School of Medicine physicians on unique aspects of high-risk disease — from genetic testing and treatment to prevention and risk management.   July 11 […]

4 Viewpoints on High-Risk Breast and Ovarian Cancer

Cancer News in Context is excited to publish four posts this week on high-risk breast and ovarian cancer.  These posts will provide insight for women (and their families) from Washington University School of Medicine physicians on unique aspects of high-risk disease — from genetic testing and treatment to prevention and risk management.   July 11 […]

Making Strides in HPV Vaccination but Still a Long Way to Go

bPhoto: Melissa P by Hank Dart A federal report released at the end of July shows promising trends in rates of HPV vaccination in United States adolescents, but rates varied greatly between certain regions and left much room for improvement overall, especially for boys. The recommended schedule for HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccination, which protects against […]

More Than Zero: New Evidence That Any Amount of Physical Activity is Better Than None

Results from a large analysis released yesterday further confirm that getting even small amounts of physical activity is better than getting none if your goal is to live longer. In the new paper, which combined results from nine cohort studies, researchers focussed on the possible mortality benefits of varying levels of physical activity in people […]

A Day in the Life: Working with Communities to Improve Health and Lessen Cancer Disparities

by Ashley Housten, OTD, OTR/L, MSCI, MPA The Siteman Cancer Center Program for the Elimination of Cancer Disparities (PECaD) hosted a Community Health Education Day in East St. Louis, Illinois on July 11, 2015. Partnering with the East Side Health District and other community organizations, community health workers, citizens, and cancer survivors came together to […]

Larger Than We’ve Ever Been: New Data on the Nation’s Weight Problem

In blunt terms: we’re larger than we’ve ever been.  That’s the essential conclusion of new research published online yesterday in JAMA Internal Medicine by CNiC’s Dr. Graham Colditz and Dr. Lin Yang.  In the analysis, which looked at a nationally representative sample of Americans from 2007 – 2012, the authors found that 75 percent of […]

New eBook: TOGETHER – Every Woman’s Guide to Preventing Breast Cancer

After posting a handful of excerpts over the past year, we’re excited to announce the official launch this week of the e-book: TOGETHER – Every Woman’s Guide to Preventing Breast Cancer. Written by CNiC’s Graham Colditz, MD, DrPH and Hank Dart, MS, along with noted Washington University School of Medicine researcher Katherine Weilbaecher, MD, TOGETHER takes a […]

Modest Weight Gain Increases Breast Cancer Risk in Premenopausal Women

by Graham A. Colditz, MD, DrPH In a recent detailed analysis of weight change across the life course (funded by our NCI TREC center addressing obesity and cancer), we reported that short-term weight gain, defined as change over a 4-year time frame, significantly increased risk of both premenopausal and postmenopausal breast cancer (see report for […]

When are risk factors good for identifying women at high risk of cancer

Media coverage this week draws attention to a well-known fact in epidemiologic research. A risk factor alone does not always identify the top stratum of risk for a disease. Kerlikowske and colleagues from the NCI-funded breast cancer surveillance consortium draw on prospective data to demonstrate for women that a mammographic report of dense breasts is […]

ASCO Awards Lecture: Seizing the Opportunity for Cancer Prevention

Cancer News in Context‘s own Graham Colditz received the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)–American Cancer Society Award today at the ASCO Annual Meeting in Chicago (more info).  The award honors contributions to cancer prevention and control. In his associated lecture, Colditz will focus on the need to place a higher priority on prevention if […]

Innovation path to sustainable world – breast cancer prevention

I had the privilege of presenting in this thematic area for the Shanghai Forum and addressed the priority for prevention. This contrasted with a preceding talk that advocated for greater emphasis on genomic testing to focus prevention activities within the Chinese population. Using diabetes and breast cancer examples I contrasted the time course of disease […]

Letter to the Editor on Diet and Cancer: “No Myth”

Photo: Flickr/ToastyTreat As we mentioned in a previous post on CNiC, an article in the New York Times last week called the link between diet and cancer risk, in essence, a “myth.”  In that post, we note that “the article’s conclusions [about the links between diet and cancer] demonstrate a lack of understanding of the science.”  To further make […]

Take a Tour of the Zuum Risk Assessment App

With some exciting projects coming down the pike for our Zuum risk assessment app for iPad, it seemed a great time to re-introduce Zuum with a video demonstration of all that it does.  Its engaging interface and strong evidence base make it a unique addition to the field of mHealth offerings.  With just a 2 […]

Prevention’s True Potential in the Ongoing “War on Cancer”

The latest in the New York Times‘ Retro Report series tackles the launch and subsequent progress of the Nixon administration’s 1971 National Cancer Act, dubbed the “War on Cancer.”  The ultimate hope of the act was that – with an economic and human power push similar to that used with the first moon landing in […]

Rosner-Colditz model predicting breast cancer risk outperforms Gail in independent cohort.

Validation of breast cancer risk prediction models in an independent prospective data set is rare. We drew on prospective data from the Nurses’ Health Study and the California Teachers Study to validate the Rosner-Colditz breast cancer incidence model and compare it to the Gail model.1 (see report) The Rosner-Colditz model includes a range of established […]

Reproductive risk factors drive risk of breast cancer in premenopausal women

To assess variation in the role of reproductive risk factors in relation to risk for breast cancer among premenopausal women we examined the relationship comparing women less than age 40 with older premenopausal women. Drawing on Data from the Nurses’ Health Studies, Dr. Warner and colleagues documented 374 incident cases of breast cancer diagnosed before […]

Breast cancer prevention should begin early in life

Breast cancer remains the second leading cause of cancer death among women. In the US it is estimated that 40,000 women will die from breast cancer in 2013. Just over 232,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Importantly, nearly a quarter of these new cases are diagnosed among women who are less than 50 […]

Preventing breast cancer: a diet with lots of fruits and vegetables

–> Let’s follow up on our recent post showing adolescent diet high in vegetable protein or nuts was associated with reduced risk of premalignant breast lesions in young adult women. (see previous post: Peanuts and lower risk of breast cancer)  This generated much interest and the potential of peanut butter to be of such major health […]

Peanuts and lower risk of breast cancer

Media coverage today picked up on our paper published last week in breast cancer research and treatment (link). In that paper, we reported on the follow-up of women in the Growing Up Today’s Study. Over 9000 women were recruited to the study in 1996 when they were 9 to 15 years of age. The unique […]

In the News: Office Visits Can Reduce Youth Smoking & More Benefits Found for Mediterranean Diet

Hot off the presses this morning are two important health-related releases from the US Preventive Services Task Force and the Cochrane Library. From the USPSTF are updated recommendations that highlight effective approaches that primary care providers can use to prevent tobacco use in youth.  Because 90 percent of regular adult smokers begin smoking when they […]

Annals of Short-Sightedness: Washington State Cuts Off Tobacco Quitline Access to Uninsured

Yesterday, we wrote about new lung cancer screening guidelines and the overarching health benefits of smoking cessation.  In a strange twist, there is news today out of Washington state that uninsured Washingtonians will now have their access to the state’s Tobacco Quitline drastically cut. Quitlines (1-800-QUIT-NOW) offer valuable resources to smokers who want to quit […]

New Lung Cancer Screening Guidelines and the Continued Benefits of Stopping Smoking

Yesterday, the US Preventive Services Task Force released a draft report recommending that older heavy smokers be screened annually for lung cancer using low-dose CT scans.  These guidelines – which closely reflect recommendations released by the American Cancer Society in January and which we wrote about here – mark a major shift in views on screening […]

Bloomberg Continues Fight Against Obesity One Step (or Stairway) at a Time

One thing is clear about New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, he doesn’t shy away from a good fight, especially if the health and well-being of citizens is at stake.  Whether it’s getting food establishments to post calorie counts, cut back on trans fats, or limit the size of sugary sodas, he and his administration […]

Why It’s Important That Many of Us Underestimate Fast Food Calories

A study published last month in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) showing that people regularly underestimate the amount of calories contained in fast food meals garnered a good deal of media attention (paper) and remains a “most read” listing on the BMJ.com site.  With good reason.  While moves are being made to prominently list the calorie […]

Why It’s Important That Many of Us Underestimate Fast Food Calories

A study published last month in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) showing that people regularly underestimate the amount of calories contained in fast food meals garnered a good deal of media attention (paper) and remains a “most read” listing on the BMJ.com site.  With good reason.  While moves are being made to prominently list the calorie […]

Poverty and Tobacco: A Time for Grand Visions

Tracking the health news over the past few months, there’s been one very intriguing trend that has stood out to us here at CNiC:  Grand Visions.   Two examples of this that have huge implications for health are the push for eliminating extreme global poverty by 2030 and very serious discussions about moving toward an […]

New Report Makes Case for Physical Activity and Physical Education in Schools

In a time when school budgets are stressed and school performance is judged more and more on standardized test scores, it’s understandable that certain aspects of the school day that can seem less-critical get cut back or cut out altogether.  Student physical activity and physical education has been one of those things slowly reduced over the […]

Australian tobacco labeling draws fire

Australia is leading the world having implemented aggressive laws limiting tobacco advertising and packaging of cigarettes. These are reportedly some of the toughest restrictions to date. Publicly accessible images show the impact of the limited marketing. The Australian Department of Health and Aging web site shows package labels. Among the key elements of tobacco control […]

8IGHT WAYS to Prevent Colon Cancer

http://tinyurl.com/8WaysColon As part of the Siteman Cancer Center’s new colon cancer awareness campaign featuring St. Louis Cardinals player Matt Holliday and his mom who was recently diagnosed with the disease, we’ve just released the latest in the 8IGHT WAYS series:  8IGHT WAYS to Prevent Colon Cancer. The “Cancer Doesn’t Take a Holliday” campaign tells the compelling […]

Zero Conflicts. Zero Ads: Cancer News in Context and the Your Disease Risk Tools

A disturbing – but unfortunately unsurprising – story last week in the New York Times details the Wild West approach many online organizations take with people’s personal  health information. With flimsy or no consent, data brokers profile individuals based on web searches and other online activities and sell this information to groups interested in using […]

“Your Disease Risk” Website Updated to Include Chronic Bronchitis and Emphysema

www.yourdiseaserisk.wustl.edu Our award-winning risk assessment site – Your Disease Risk – launched this week with some key scientific and content updates.  In addition to select risk factor modifications driven by a content review by our scientific advisory panel, we added a new assessment for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which estimates the risk of chronic […]

Infographic: Indoor Tanning in Missouri

Can preteen kids tan indoors?  The surprising answer in Missouri is most often “yes,” found a new study that surveyed indoor tanning facilities in the state (study; media release).  This infographic highlights that and other disturbing findings that paint an unattractive picture in one of 17 states nationwide that don’t regulate the practice of indoor […]

Hey, Mom & Dad, Early Life Can Be Important for Breast Cancer Risk

A little while back we developed a brief card focusing on the importance of early life exposures in determining breast cancer risk.  With this week marked by a new NIH report pushing for greater emphasis on breast cancer prevention (report) and the launch of our newest 8 Ways brochure, 8IGHT WAYS to Prevent Breast Cancer […]