October 17th Marks Beginning of National Radon Awareness Week

Radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer. In an effort to raise awareness about the hazards of radon, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has designated October 17th through October 24th as National Radon Awareness Week. According to James Gelina, President of the Air Quality Control Agency, “Radon is an odorless, colorless, tasteless gas formed… Continue reading October 17th Marks Beginning of National Radon Awareness Week

Altered Versions of DNA Could Serve as Biomarker for Cancer

In the past few years, new technologies and techniques have become available that allow researchers to quickly sequence large strands of DNA at a fairly affordable cost. Recently, this breakthrough has allowed researchers at Johns Hopkins University to look at DNA mutations as a possible biomarker for cancer. As cancer cells grow and divide, they… Continue reading Altered Versions of DNA Could Serve as Biomarker for Cancer

Is Cancer Coverage Too Optimistic?

Newspaper and magazine stories related to cancer are biased towards optimism, according to a research study conducted at the University of Pennsylvania. The study, which was reported in the March 22 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, involved the review of 436 cancer-related stories that were published in national magazines and large-scale newspapers from 2005… Continue reading Is Cancer Coverage Too Optimistic?

Exercise for the cancer patient

Exercise is not only safe for most people receiving cancer treatment, but it may also allow you to feel a lot better. It has been noticed that moderate exercise helps with a variety of problems including anxiety, fatigue, heart and blood vessel fitness and muscle strength. Most cancer patients can do some kind of exercise.… Continue reading Exercise for the cancer patient

How to know whether your stress levels are normal or more severe

It is difficult to answer this question because a certain amount of stress is “normal” (expected) when you are diagnosed with cancer. But specific signs and symptoms may serve as warning signals that your distress levels have exceeded normal levels and are becoming serious. These include: Feeling extremely overwhelmed, similar to a panic state Being… Continue reading How to know whether your stress levels are normal or more severe

Colorado Man Indicted for Posing as Asbestos Inspector

A Colorado man accused of impersonating a licensed asbestos technician has been indicted for setting off an emergency asbestos incident.  A grand jury voted to indict Michael Merit of Parker, Colorado, after he took on a job from a local firm in charge of demolishing trailer homes in the nearby town of Elizabeth.  Resource Center,… Continue reading Colorado Man Indicted for Posing as Asbestos Inspector

April 1-7 was National Asbestos Awareness Week

Over the last thirty years, scientists and researchers have conclusively determined that exposure to asbestos can lead to severe respiratory diseases.  The most dangerous and prevalent of these diseases is mesothelioma, a form of cancer that attacks the soft tissue surrounding the lungs.  A study by the Centers for Disease Control estimated that as many… Continue reading April 1-7 was National Asbestos Awareness Week

Potential for Cancer Cell Errors Puts Research in Doubt

The validity of dozens of cancer studies have come under question following tests that indicate scientists have been unwittingly using the incorrect types of cancer cells for their research All research studies in question involve the use of esophageal adenocarcinoma cancer cell lines. Cell lines are a specific type of sample that is grown in… Continue reading Potential for Cancer Cell Errors Puts Research in Doubt