Author Archives: David Sampson

About David Sampson

I am the director of medical and scientific communications for the American Cancer Society national home office.

Dr. Gordon Klatt, 1942-2014

Gordon “Gordy” Klatt, M.D., founder of the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life event passed away August 3, 2014, at the age of 71 from heart failure after battling stomach cancer. Gordy was one-of-a-kind. He helped shape an idea that … Continue reading

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“Ultraviolet Bad:” The Surgeon General Issues a Call to Action to Prevent Skin Cancer

Due to technical difficulties, today’s dispatch from Dr. Len’s Cancer Blog is being posted to the ACS Pressroom Blog “Ultraviolet bad.” That was the core message that came out of the introduction this morning of the Surgeon General’s Call to Action … Continue reading

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Bras and Breast Cancer: A Theory that Lacks Support

You may be seeing reports around the web or in your email charging that the American Cancer Society and other groups are involved in a “cover-up” of a connection between wearing a bra and breast cancer. The claim that bras cause breast … Continue reading

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Article Outlines Dilemma of Benefits and Harms of Mammography

A review article published in this week’s Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) suggests that the benefits of screening using mammography are often overestimated, while harms are underestimated. It calls for more guidance for patients and their doctors on … Continue reading

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What to Make of New Study on Mammography

News today about a Canadian study on mammography has renewed the debate over the test’s effectiveness and prompted plenty of questions to us at the American Cancer Society. The new report, appearing on is actually updated data from a … Continue reading

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Report Says HPV Vaccination Should Be a Top Priority

A report today from the President’s Cancer Panel calls achieving widespread human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination one of the most important opportunities for cancer prevention. The Panel’s report, Accelerating HPV Vaccine Uptake: Urgency for Action to Prevent Cancer, issues an urgent … Continue reading

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50 Years After a Public Health Victory, Can We Do It Again?

January 11, 2014 marks 50 years since the release of the Surgeon General’s Report on smoking and health. In a just published commentary, Otis W. Brawley says the report’s conclusions “are arguably the most important and far-reaching in the history … Continue reading

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