Cancer

Health & Medicine
5:27 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

Predicting Virginia's Cancer Rates to 2040

Cancer is the leading cause of death across Virginia and the nation.  A new study predicts the number of new cancer cases as the population ages.

Virginia’s cancer rates will increase by double digits in each of the next 3 decades.  That’s according to a new report from the Demographics Research Group at the University of Virginia Weldon Cooper Center.  Director Qian Cai  says most cancers occur in people age 55 and older, so she and her team projected the likely number of new cancer cases from information taken from the Virginia Cancer Registry.

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Documentary Premiers at Paramount Theater
2:44 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

A Biography of Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies

A new, three-part documentary begins tonight on public television.  The subject is cancer, and the executive producer is Ken Burns.

“Our film project, The Emperor of All Maladies is about as close to the bone as filmmaking gets for me.  There was never a moment in my awareness as a human being that I didn’t know something was desperately wrong with my mother.  She died when I was 11, almost 12 years old.  “

The program features research scientists and doctors.

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May Lead to a Blood Test
3:57 pm
Sun February 8, 2015

Cancer Breakthrough at UVA

Credit University of Virginia School of Medicine

Scientists at the University of Virginia have made what could be an important breakthrough in treating cancer.  They’ve discovered a substance released by lung cancer cells that enables them to spread – beginning their deadly march to other parts of the body.  Biochemist Marty Mayo says finding that substance, called Activin A, could lead to a simple blood test for certain cancers.

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Night Shift as Health Hazard?
3:56 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Virginia Tech Researchers Study Sleep Cycles & Cancer

Credit Photo: Matthew Faltz, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

There’s more proof that working night shifts can be harmful to your health.  A new study identifies a molecule that affects a tumor suppressor gene when normal sleep cycles are disrupted over a long period of time. 

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UVA Research
5:20 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Drone Attack on Cancer

SAS1B

A research team at the University of Virginia reports possible progress in fighting ovarian, breast, uterine, renal, head and neck and pancreatic cancers, and if you’re a taxpayer in Virginia, you’re an investor. 

Dr. John Herr is a specialist in human reproduction, and he’s identified a specific protein on the surface of mature human eggs.  Search other places in the bodies of men and women, and you won’t find that protein – unless the individuals in question have cancer.  Herr and Dr. Eusebio Pires report the protein, called SAS1B, shows up on many different tumors:

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