Allie Day

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Read June 21, 2017

PRIDE Month: Health Disparities and Care for LGBT Cancer Patients

Every June, LGBTQ+ pride month is celebrated with parades and marches across the country.Studies have shown that the LGBTQ+ community has a higher risk of being diagnosed with certain cancers than non-LGBTQ people. Education around being LGBTQ+ and a cancer patient is growing to support the LGBTQ+ cancer community.
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Read June 7, 2017

The Importance of Psychosocial Care for Cancer Survivors

Because of improving prevention, detection, and treatment, cancer survivors are a growing population. In 2016, there were more than 15.5 million cancer survivors living in the U.S. Here at CSC, we know that survivors face unique, ongoing challenges that many people do not understand.
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Read May 31, 2017

World No Tobacco Day And Stigma in the Lung Cancer Community

Most Americans believe that lung cancer is uniquely caused by smoking, and in turn they place blame on the person with lung cancer. In general, people are not as sympathetic to lung cancer patients as they are to people with other types of cancer. We explore why this happens.
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Read May 3, 2017

Brain Tumor Awareness Month: Cancer Research and the Bidens

In 2013, Beau Biden, former Vice President Joe Biden’s son, was diagnosed with stage 4 glioblastoma. Beau was the attorney general of Delaware and served his country overseas in Iraq. As Joe put it, “Beau Biden was, quite simply, the finest man any of us have ever known.” In May 2015, Beau passed away at the age of 46. Since then, Joe Biden has dedicated his life to making strides in cancer research, diagnosis, treatment, and care.
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Read April 26, 2017

April Cancer Awareness

The month of April draws attention to many different cancers. It is National Oral, Head, and Neck, Esophageal, and Testicular Awareness Month. April is also Alcohol Awareness month.
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Read April 19, 2017

Things You Can Do to Celebrate Earth Day

Earth Day is this Saturday, April 22. Now is a good time to reflect on the choices we make and how they affect the environment. We can also think about this in relation to our own health and our risk for cancer.
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Read April 12, 2017

Is there a Genetic Link between Autism and Cancer?

Dozens of genes have been linked to both autism and cancer. For example, one form of autism is caused by a mutation in the PTEN gene – this same mutation is also linked to head, neck, thyroid, prostate, skin, breast, and lung cancer, and much more.
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Read March 9, 2017

Challenges for Cancer Patients: Costs, Delays, and Conversations

The Cancer Support Community did a study in late 2016 to explore this question and found that people with cancer face challenges with costs and delays in health care. The study asked participants about their access to insurance, services, and providers, and direct and indirect costs of treatment. By surveying over 1,200 participants who currently have, or have had cancer, we found that a significant number of cancer patients have to skip out on some health care services or prescriptions due to high out-of-pocket costs. Also, cost of treatment is not always discussed between doctors and patients, so many cancer patients go into treatment without knowing what they will have to pay for their care.