August 20, 2016 |
When an influential federal panel recommended in 2012 that doctors omit prostate cancer screening from routine health care, it set off a firestorm. Many men and their doctors seem to have heeded the advice, though the long-term implications won't be clear for a while, a new analysis suggests. The advice of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force appears to have led to a sizable drop in screening with the PSA blood test, and in diagnosis of early-stage prostate cancer, according to American Cancer Society researchers who have been monitoring the trends.
May 7, 2016 |
Long-awaited federal rules announced Thursday that will ban e-cigarette sales to minors and require safety reviews for vaping products were greeted with outrage from the industry and applause from many, but not all, health advocates. The controversial regulations could have a particular impact in Pennsylvania, the only state besides Michigan with no age limit for e-cigarette sales. The Keystone State "should be dramatically affected for the better by the new federal law," said Cliff Douglas, vice president for tobacco control with the American Cancer Society.
May 3, 2016 |
IT'S DOUBTFUL that the pint of Fireball cinnamon whiskey was included in the goodie bags of healthy fruit, granola, water, and yogurt distributed to the soggy, ebullient runners at the end of the Blue Cross Broad Street Run. But it was just what the doctor ordered, passed among the sodden, the brave, and the teary-eyed, punchy with cold, fatigue, and memories at the American Cancer Society's DetermiNation tent. If there's any truism about Sunday's Broad Street Run, it's that nearly every runner had a story.
April 20, 2016 |
John J. O'Neill, 89, of Blue Bell, a lead computer programmer on the Gemini space program in the 1960s, died of complications of cancer Monday, April 11, at Normandy Farms Estates. Mr. O'Neill was born in Philadelphia and raised in Easton, Pa. After high school, he served as a corpsman in the Navy on the Tranquillity during World War II. The Tranquillity saw action in the Pacific transporting wounded personnel. After his service, Mr. O'Neill attended Temple University, where he met his wife, Claire.
April 17, 2016
On April 9, the Philly NCAA Division I men's basketball coaches hosted the 13th annual Coaches vs. Cancer Gala at Philadelphia Park Hyatt at the Bellevue. Coaches vs. Cancer is a nationwide partnership with the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches that engages coaches and their teams and communities to join the fight against cancer. The more than 550 attendees included St. Joseph's coach Phil Martelli, Temple's Fran Dunphy, Penn's Steve Donahue, La Salle's John Giannini, and, of course, Jay Wright, coach of the 2016 national champions, the Villanova Wildcats.
April 10, 2016
Q. I have been diagnosed with cancer. What is going to happen now? A. According to the American Cancer Society, in 2015 there were an estimated 1.6 million new cancer cases diagnosed and 590,430 cancer deaths in the United States. After a cancer diagnosis, you may be unsure about what comes next. For many, the toughest parts are learning to cope with the diagnosis and understanding the types of cancer and the treatment process. A cancer diagnosis will also bring many changes for you and your loved ones.
March 19, 2016 |
Helen Felsenthal, 81, of Merion, an educator and two-time breast cancer survivor honored for her volunteer work with other mastectomy patients, died Friday, March 4, of Alzheimer's disease at her second home in Bradley Beach, N.J. A resident of Philadelphia since 1973, Dr. Felsenthal taught at every level - from elementary school to graduate education at the University of Pennsylvania, said her husband, Norman. Born and reared in Pittsburgh, she was the seventh of eight children and the only one to pursue higher education.
May 21, 2015 |
John R. Favorite, 69, of Moorestown, was a theatrical director at Burlington County Footlighters in Cinnaminson from the 1960s into the 1980s. "Sometimes he would direct, sometimes he would act," but he was better known as a director there, brother Tim said. During those years, Tim Favorite said, "he spent some time in Hollywood. " Mr. Favorite had speaking parts in two 1975 Roger Corman-produced movies, Capone, starring Ben Gazzara, and Death Race 2000, starring David Carradine.
April 25, 2015 |
John Seffrin, 70, chief executive officer of the American Cancer Society, will retire next Friday after 40 years with the venerable nonprofit cancer-fighting organization, including 23 at the helm. In an interview this week, he talked about some of the 102-year-old society's accomplishments under his leadership, financial issues, and his plans. Progress against cancer In 2009, the society (ACS) trademarked the slogan "Official sponsor of birthdays" to highlight that its work to prevent cancer, detect it early, and improve treatment helps people live longer.