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    The Psychology of Cancer and Appearance

    April 19, 2018

    Based on the number of expressions that pop up in cultures all around the world that link our faces to our sense of worth and our standing in our communities, you’d think we’d have a full understanding of the profound effect a healthy face can have on our psychological and emotional well-being. *Warning, this post contains images of wounds related to cancer.*

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    Screening for Colorectal Cancer: Colonoscopy vs. At-Home Kits

    March 28, 2018

    Colorectal cancer is the third-leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. It’s also the third-most common cancer diagnosed in American men and women, excluding skin cancers.

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    World Cancer Day: Researcher Shares How He’s Reshaping Breast Health in Rwanda

    February 05, 2018

    In 2012, 39-year-old Antoinette sought treatment at her community health center in rural Rwanda for a swollen left breast. All the women in her community with breast cancer who went to the clinic had returned home without treatment and ultimately died of the disease.

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    Reducing the Prevalence of Cervical Cancer in the Hispanic Community

    January 19, 2018

    The Hispanic community is the fastest growing population in the United States, and their health needs are growing too: the CDC’s most recent reports show that Hispanic women have the highest incidence of cervical cancer than any other racial or ethnic group in the U.S.

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    The Promise of a New Year: A Look at Medicine in 2018

    January 10, 2018

    From the FDA’s approval of the first ever gene therapy that brings new hope to cancer patients, to the approval of a gene therapy that can treat a rare form of blindness, to advancements in clinics and labs that could lead to new discoveries, 2017 saw great achievements in the field of medicine. Here’s what Penn doctors say they’re excited about as they look to 2018. 

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    Kyra’s Legacy

    December 11, 2017

    A little over 10 years ago, Abramson Cancer Center director Robert Vonderheide, MD – then an assistant professor of Hematology/Oncology – and his colleagues at Penn’s School of Veterinary Medicine, told a room full of local reporters about an immunotherapy vaccine to treat lymphoma in pet dogs, which they hoped would someday help children with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. 

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    Reveal Your #INVISIBLEGENES

    November 22, 2017

    In addition to celebrating five years of remarkable progress in the understanding, prevention, and treatment of BRCA-related cancers, the Basser Jean Bash featured the launch of the #invisiblegenes hereditary cancer awareness campaign which encourages genetic testing and counseling so that carriers can take preventative measures.

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    Good Place to “Hang Out” or Harmful?: The Tumor Microbiome’s Role in Driving Cancer

    November 08, 2017

    Increasing evidence is showing that a dysregulated human microbiome – changes in the diverse population of microorganisms within every person – may play a key role in either setting the stage for some cancers, or even causing them directly.

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    The Not-so-Famous Way to Get Health Info

    November 03, 2017

    The truth is, celebrity news stories attract a lot of eyeballs. So it’s not surprising that media outlets continue to use that angle for stories on health and disease, with headlines like “14 Celebrities with Breast Cancer” or “Stars Who Have Battled Cancer.” What is surprising is that it may not be what patients actually want to read when they’re looking for health information.

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    Women Help Women at BRA Day 2017

    October 30, 2017

    Held annually on the third Wednesday of October – in the heart of Breast Cancer Awareness Month – Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day is more than just an educational opportunity. It’s also a chance for women to help other women. That task was on the minds of both patients and survivors at Penn’s BRA Day event, held this year in the Smilow Center for Translational Research on October 18th.

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