Topic: cancer

Closing the cancer divide

October 2, 2012 -- A young Rwandan girl named Claudine is one of the lucky ones. In 2005, after months of seeking a diagnosis for leg pain, she was introduced to a physician from Boston-based Partners In Health (PIH) who diagnosed her…

Does mammography screening save lives?

September 13, 2012 -- Over the past 40 years, many have come to view mammography screening as the “gold standard” for early breast cancer detection. But a number of recent studies have cast doubt on its benefits. Some suggest that decreased breast…

Hairdressers may be first to spot skin cancer

Your hairdresser sees your head close up on a regular basis. Because of that, he or she may also be the first person to spot evidence of skin cancer on your scalp, neck, or face. In fact, many hairstylists already take notice…

Prostate cancer: To screen or not to screen?

August 20, 2013 — For the past 25 years, a prostate cancer screening test called Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) has offered the hope of reducing deaths from prostate cancer by catching the disease early when cure is possible. But recent findings have raised…

Coffee: Drink up, but watch the cream and sugar

A new study by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers found that coffee consumption lowered women’s risk of type 2 diabetes by eight percent. Men lowered their risk four percent by drinking regular coffee and seven percent for decaf. The findings,…

Harnessing the power of crowds for cancer prevention

Four years ago, HSPH alumnus Eric Ding, SD ’07, a researcher and instructor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, created the Campaign for Cancer Prevention, the first online platform where donors can contribute directly to individual cancer prevention research. Ding was profiled…

Most cancers strike men, but reasons are enigmatic

February 9, 2012 -- It is well known that most cancers strike men more often than women. In many cases these differences can be explained by known risk factors such as smoking, drinking, or occupational hazards. But more than one-third of the cancers…

Much can be done to ease cancer burden in poorer nations

Although more than half of all new cancers and two-thirds of annual cancer deaths worldwide occur in low- and middle-income countries, with the cancer burden disproportionately affecting the poor, a new report offers upbeat, realistic recommendations on ways to alleviate the problem,…