cancer http://wkyufm.org en Bill Aimed at Minors and Tanning Beds http://wkyufm.org/post/bill-aimed-minors-and-tanning-beds <p>The Kentucky House has passed a measure aimed at blocking minors from using tanning beds. The measure cleared the House on a 61-31 vote Monday and now goes to the state Senate for consideration.</p><p>The bill is sponsored by Democratic Representative David Watkins of Henderson. He cites rising rates of skin cancer, especially among young women, as the reason for his proposal to keep people under the age of 18 from becoming customers at tanning facilities.</p><p>The bill would make exceptions for minors who have been prescribed the use of tanning beds by physicians. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 10:22:22 +0000 Associated Press 44889 at http://wkyufm.org National Cancer Prevention Study Looking for Southern Kentucky Participants http://wkyufm.org/post/national-cancer-prevention-study-looking-southern-kentucky-participants <p></p><p>The American Cancer Society is looking for participants in the Warren County region to take part in a national cancer prevention study. The group wants 300 people ages 30 to 65--who have never had a cancer diagnosis--to schedule appointments for the enrollment period of Nov. 20-22.&nbsp;</p><p>Those who are interested in participating can follow <a href="http://www.cp3BG.org" target="_blank">this link</a> to learn more about what's known as the Cancer Prevention Study 3.</p><p>Participants will give a blood sample and have their waists measured, and will fill out a questionnaire about their health history and lifestyle. After that, those involved in the study will report any health changes through either mail or email.</p><p>"And from that we hope to learn more about possible links between cancer risks and lifestyle choices that people make, the environment where they live and work, and also even genetics," said Eric Walker, with the Mid-South Division of the American Cancer Society, Inc., based in Paducah. Mon, 23 Sep 2013 13:06:11 +0000 Kevin Willis 37432 at http://wkyufm.org National Cancer Prevention Study Looking for Southern Kentucky Participants Fundraising Drive to Combat Cancer in Kentucky Nearing Goal http://wkyufm.org/post/fundraising-drive-combat-cancer-kentucky-nearing-goal <p>A public-private partnership to fight colon cancer in Kentucky appears to be gaining steam.</p><p>The Kentucky Cancer Foundation is nearing its goal of matching $1 million that Gov. Steve Beshear was able to set aside for colon cancer screening in the state budget.</p><p>Beshear and health officials provided an update on the initiative to fight cancer in a state that ranks among the worst in the nation for the disease.</p><p>Some 500 uninsured Kentuckians have already been screened for colon cancer through the initiative. That number is expected to reach 2,000 by next June.</p><p>Of those who have undergone colonoscopies, 25 percent were found to have pre-cancerous polyps that were removed to prevent the development of cancer.</p><p>The program is targeting uninsured Kentuckians between the ages of 50 and 64. Tue, 17 Sep 2013 12:58:23 +0000 Associated Press 37147 at http://wkyufm.org Treating Kids' Cancer With Science And A Pocket Full Of Hope http://wkyufm.org/post/treating-kids-cancer-science-and-pocket-full-hope Try to imagine someone who is supremely calm while at the same time bursting with energy, and you've got a pretty good idea of what <a href="https://www.fhcrc.org/en/diseases/featured-researchers/olson-jim.html">Jim Olson</a> is like.<p>He's a cancer researcher, physician, cyclist, kayaker and cook, not always in that order. Fri, 13 Sep 2013 07:03:00 +0000 Joe Palca 36966 at http://wkyufm.org Treating Kids' Cancer With Science And A Pocket Full Of Hope Top Cancer Research Team Leaving U of L for UK http://wkyufm.org/post/top-cancer-research-team-leaving-u-l-uk <p>An internationally-recognized cancer research team is leaving one Kentucky university for another.</p><p>A group of top researchers is leaving the University of Louisville for the University of Kentucky, one month after UK announced it was becoming home to the state’s first National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center.</p><p><a href="http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20130820/NEWS01/308200107/Top-cancer-researchers-leave-University-of-Louisville-for-University-of-Kentucky-s-loftier-status" target="_blank">The Courier-Journal reports</a> the four researchers will establish the UK Center for Regulatory and Environmental Analytical Metabolomics, or UK-CREAM. The center is expected to bring to UK over $17-million in federal funding over five years.</p><p>Officials at UK say they didn’t actively recruit the U of L researchers, but were instead approached by them.</p><p>One of the researchers, Andrew Lane, said he and colleagues made the move because UK was in “an expansion phase, particularly in cancer, which is very attractive to us.” Wed, 21 Aug 2013 14:55:33 +0000 WKU Public Radio News 35845 at http://wkyufm.org UK's Markey Cancer Center Gains Designation, Leading to New Drug Options and Clinical Trials http://wkyufm.org/post/uks-markey-cancer-center-gains-designation-leading-new-drug-options-and-clinical-trials <p>Kentucky has gained new clout in its fight against cancer, resulting from the rising status of the cancer center at its flagship university.</p><p></p><p>The University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center in Lexington on Friday earned the designation as a National Cancer Institute facility. It becomes the 68th medical center in the country to receive the prestigious title and the only one in Kentucky.</p><p>The designation has the potential to bring millions of dollars of additional research funding to the Markey Center.</p><p>It also means patients will have access to new drugs, treatment options and clinical trials offered only at NCI centers.</p><p>UK President Eli Capilouto says it signals that Kentucky will "no longer indulge the scourge of cancer."</p><p>Kentucky is at or near the top nationally in several cancer rates. Fri, 12 Jul 2013 17:26:20 +0000 Associated Press 33931 at http://wkyufm.org UK's Markey Cancer Center Gains Designation, Leading to New Drug Options and Clinical Trials Tennessee Women Suffering from Increased Lung Cancer Death Rates http://wkyufm.org/post/tennessee-women-suffering-increased-lung-cancer-death-rates <p>A new study shows an increase in lung cancer deaths among Tennessee women who began smoking in the 1960s and 70s. Researchers point out women smokers became much more socially acceptable during that era. Tue, 17 Jul 2012 14:53:03 +0000 Kevin Willis 15750 at http://wkyufm.org Tennessee Women Suffering from Increased Lung Cancer Death Rates New Effort Announced to Provide Cancer Screenings for Uninsured Kentuckians http://wkyufm.org/post/new-effort-announced-provide-cancer-screenings-uninsured-kentuckians <p>Several healthcare groups have come together in a public-private partnership to fight cancer in Kentucky. The newly-formed Kentucky Cancer Foundation is part of a two-million-dollar initiative to help uninsured Kentuckians get cancer screenings. Tue, 28 Feb 2012 19:36:22 +0000 8222 at http://wkyufm.org