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CDC report shows racial, gender differences in cancer incidence
The number of people in the U.S. who were diagnosed with invasive cancer in 2009 was 1.5 million, with prostate, breast, lung and colon cancer accounting for more than 50% of all cases, a CDC report showed. Researchers wrote in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report that men were more likely to have malignancies than women and that blacks were at greater risk for cancer than whites. They also found geographic disparities in cancer incidence, with the South recording higher caseloads of colon and lung cancers. HealthDay News (2/21)
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Communications training doesn't build empathy, study suggests
A study based on reports from palliative care patients found that advanced communication skills training did not help care providers exhibit greater empathy, according to a study in the European Journal of Cancer Care. MedicalXpress.com (2/26)
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Tool offers wireless connectivity to patients, caregivers
A new personal health platform called the Libris system is being launched by Numera and AT&T to integrate home telehealth tools with a personal emergency response system. The system allows users to upload data to care providers through multiple devices. Health Tech Zone (2/22)
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Genetic screening helps early trials of cancer drugs
More efficient early-stage studies, advanced genetic screening and the need for better drugs have helped a few cancer treatments obtain faster approval in the past two years. "We hope to be able to shave years off the time it takes to get final approval and save hundreds of millions of dollars per drug," the New York University Cancer Institute's Robert Schneider said. Reuters (2/25)
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Group lists 100 best cancer programs
Becker's Hospital Review has named "100 Hospitals and Health Systems With Great Oncology Programs," based on excellence in patient-centered care, service and treatment innovation, and prevention and research. BeckersHospitalReview.com (2/22)
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Cases of advanced breast cancer rise among young women in U.S.
The incidence of metastatic breast cancer among women ages 25 to 39 tripled between 1976 and 2009, increasing by about 2% annually, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. More research is needed to look into the factors that might be behind the increase, lead investigator Dr. Rebecca Johnson said. HealthDay News (2/26), Reuters (2/26)
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