Topic: cancer

Alumni award winners: What we know now

[ Winter 2011] We asked this year’s winners James Dalen, Fernando Guerra, Lynn Rosenberg, and David Schottenfeld: What do you know now about improving the public’s health that you didn’t when you started out in your career? James Dalen, SM '72 “The people are ahead of their doctors.”…

Cancer is on the rise in developing countries

[Fall 2009] by Julio Frenk, MD, MPH, PhD Dean, Harvard School of Public Health While it's well known that cancer is a leading cause of death and disability worldwide, what is less recognized and understood is the significant growth of cancer in the developing…

Predicting survival for brain cancer patients

Is it possible to predict survival for patients with oligodendroglioma from aberrations in their DNA? According to a 2006 study by Rebecca Betensky and colleagues, the answer is yes. An analysis of DNA in 93 patients was completed for regions labeled “1p”…

How genes and environmental forces raise cancer risk

[ Fall 2008 ] Monica Ter-Minassian is scouring the genome for time bombs. Using gene-reading technology and analytic techniques, this Harvard School of Public Health doctoral student is on the hunt for subtle variations in human DNA that might help identify the causes of…

Cancer a daunting challenge for poor countries

More than half of new cancer cases occur in low- and middle-income countries, as do nearly two-thirds of cancer deaths. Experts at a global oncology symposium held February 8, 2014 at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute discussed the substantial barriers to care faced by…

Value of mammography questioned in large new study

A large new study suggests that mammograms may not save more women’s lives than physical breast exams alone, and in fact may lead to unnecessary treatment of small breast cancers that would likely pose no harm. The Canadian study, published February 11,…

Sleep may protect against prostate cancer

Men who sleep well at night may be at less risk of developing advanced prostate cancer, according to researchers from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and the University of Iceland in Reykjavik. In a study led by Sarah Markt, a doctoral…

Men with prostate cancer more likely to die from other causes

Study Suggests Prostate Cancer Management Should Emphasize Healthy Lifestyle Changes Boston, MA – Men diagnosed with prostate cancer are less likely to die from the disease than from largely preventable conditions such as heart disease, according to a new study from Harvard…