Tackling popular news stories related to cancer prevention and screening, Cancer News in Context tames the hype with a big-picture outlook and important take home messages.

In the News:  Study Finds HPV Vaccine Lowers the Risk of Cervical Cancer

In the News: Study Finds HPV Vaccine Lowers the Risk of Cervical Cancer

The results are not really a surprise, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t important. In what is the first large study to directly look at HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccination and risk of cervical cancer – rather than risk of cervical pre-cancers – researchers found that vaccination substantially lowered cancer risk. And vaccination at younger ages, […]

Study Finds Smokers More Likely to Miss Cancer Screenings

Even though smoking is an important cause of multiple cancers, women who smoke are less likely to get recommended cancer screening tests than those who don’t smoke.  That’s the finding from a new study of the large Women’s Health Initiative.  Published yesterday in the journal, BMJ Open, the study followed 89,000 U.S. women for just […]
Pride, Progress, and Working toward Health Equity:  Cancer and the LGBTQIA+ Community

Pride, Progress, and Working toward Health Equity:  Cancer and the LGBTQIA+ Community

By Nora Leahy, MPH, CHES, Program for the Elimination of Cancer Disparities Every June we celebrate Pride Month and the great diversity, strength, and resilience of the LGBTQIA+ community.  We reflect on the past and honor those who risked everything to pave the way toward equality.  We also imagine and strive for a future rooted […]
Understanding Breast Cancer Screening Recommendations and Average Risk

Understanding Breast Cancer Screening Recommendations and Average Risk

By Ashley Housten, OTD, MSCI, OTR/L Women have a decision to make. Most know they need a mammogram every 1-2 years, but determining when to start and how often to be screened can be tricky. Siteman Cancer Center radiologists recommend that every woman begin yearly screening at age 40. But you may be hearing different […]