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February 4, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
John A. Zinn Jr., 98, of Glen Mills, formerly of Folsom, who installed turbines for Westinghouse Corp. across the globe, died Wednesday, Jan. 28, of prostate cancer at his daughter's home in Media. Called "Jack" by friends, Mr. Zinn was a 1935 graduate of Glen-Nor High School in Glenolden. He volunteered for military service early in 1941 and was accepted into the Army Air Corps during what became World War II later that year. His duties included teaching aerial photography at Lowry Field in Denver, Colo., and participating in a radar technology testing program.
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January 9, 2015 | By Steve and Mia
Q: I'm a 32-year-old woman. I met a guy who on our first date told me had prostate cancer, but that doctors had operated on him and he was now cancer free. We had an OK time and he asked me out again. My friend said I shouldn't go out with him because of his medical history. What do you think?   Mia: Sorry, girlfriend, but you're not giving us enough information. Are you saying you're squeamish just because he had cancer? Or are you concerned about his ability to father children, or even just get and maintain an erection?
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January 9, 2015 | By Molly Eichel
ON YESTERDAY'S Preston and Steve show, longtime WMMR morning host Steve  Morrison revealed that he had undergone surgery for prostate cancer. Morrison, who missed only three days of work after robotically having his prostate removed, is now cancer-free. "Four or five hours after the surgery, I was walking around," Morrison told me. "The next day I was doing 2 or 3 miles on the treadmill. " Morrison said he decided to go public with his diagnosis because he wanted to raise awareness for the simple tests that could catch prostate cancer in its early stages.
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December 26, 2014 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
The handsome woolen topcoat my father wore to Mass on Christmas was gray - his favorite color - and flecked with tiny white threads. They look like snow in some of the photos my younger siblings and I inherited from our mother, the archivist and curator of 39 Burnham St. Thanks to Mom's meticulous scrapbooks and photo albums, I have the opportunity, in this second holiday season without her, to revisit Christmases past. Three months old in the blurry image of my first Dec. 25, I'm cradled by two young parents who lost their first baby and gaze at their second with a love I still can feel.
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October 9, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Michael Milken, the long-retired 1980s junk-bond king and now big-time prostate cancer philanthropist, blew into the Wanamaker's Crystal Tea Room on Tuesday evening for one of the city's bigger and faster-growing charitable events. He jets around the nation to about 100 of these events a year, flying into Philadelphia on Tuesday from Dallas and planning to immediately depart Philadelphia for Washington. "I see light at the end of the tunnel," Milken said of cancer cures, adding that he believed philanthropists like those in Philadelphia had to support young scientists as the federal government has curtailed medical-research funding in recent years.
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October 8, 2014 | By Marie McCullough, Inquirer Staff Writer
More than a decade after prostate cancer became the economic driver behind proton beam therapy in the U.S., it still isn't clear that men treated with the technology do better than those who get less costly radiation treatments. That's why expert groups have recently advised against insurance coverage of proton therapy for prostate cancer - and why some private plans are refusing to pay for it. The Catch-22 is that this pullback is hampering a clinical trial co-led by the University of Pennsylvania that would finally settle the question of superiority.
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September 23, 2014
ISSUE | ISIS CRISIS Can't hold back What Charles Krauthammer calls President Obama's ongoing "reluctance and ambivalence" to fully confront ISIS in Syria and Iraq (or what is now left of those countries) has the potential to create a scenario the left wantonly ignores - that our commander-in-chief may be forced to obliterate these virulent jihadists by finally putting many thousands of American boots on the ground ("All bile all the time," Sept. 18). But by then the ground could well be our own heartland.
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September 16, 2014 | By Marie McCullough, Inquirer Staff Writer
Kristine Warner wanted an eye-catching way to encourage men to talk to their doctors about the complicated, controversial subject of prostate cancer screening. Don't Fear The Finger campaign was born. Go ahead and snicker. It got your attention. The finger in question, of course, is the one a physician puts up a man's rectum to feel for cancer in his prostate gland. The rectal exam is usually paired with a PSA blood test. Warner, a graphic designer, former lobbyist, and urologist's daughter, is the volunteer director of the Pennsylvania Prostate Cancer Coalition.
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August 18, 2014 | By Rachel Zamzow, Inquirer Staff Writer
Like many new relationships, this one developed over a cup of coffee. Except this one might lead to a new drug to inhibit the spread of cancer cells. Joseph M. Salvino, a medicinal chemist, and Alessandro Fatatis, a cancer biologist, crossed paths in spring 2010 at a departmental meeting at the Drexel University College of Medicine. Fatatis presented his recent discovery that breast and prostate cancer cells possess a receptor that allows them to infiltrate the bone, often the first site of metastasis for these cancers.
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August 11, 2014 | By Marie McCullough, Inquirer Staff Writer
Vicki Wolf was only 36 when she was first diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer. After her third diagnosis 11 years later, the native Philadelphian had a genetic test that revealed what she dreaded and expected: She had inherited a mutation in a gene that made her susceptible to the disease. She urged her brother, Harvey I. Singer, to get genetic testing and counseling, but he shrugged off the idea. "I said, 'I'm a guy.' To me, breast cancer was just something women get," Singer recalled.
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