Author Archives: David Sampson

About David Sampson

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

Medicare to Cover Lung Cancer Screening

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Thursday finalized a preliminary ruling made in November on the use of CT scans to screen smokers for lung cancer. The plan looks almost identical to the one proposed, with one important … Continue reading

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Cancer and Bad Luck: We Asked the Source, and Guess What?

Headlines over the past week or so have reported that two in three cancers are due to “bad luck,” attributing that statement to an impressive piece of work from a collaboration between former ACS Research Professor and Medal of Honor … Continue reading

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Medicare Considering Coverage for HPV Test for Cervical Cancer Screening

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) has started the process to consider covering cervical cancer screening using a combination of HPV and Pap tests, called “co-testing.” The American Cancer Society recommends co-testing as the preferred method of cervical cancer … Continue reading

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Medicare Proposes Covering CT Screening for Lung Cancer

Medicare has released its proposed decision on lung cancer screening using low dose computed tomography (LDCT), saying the evidence is sufficient to add a lung cancer screening counseling and shared decision making visit, and for appropriate beneficiaries, using the technology to … Continue reading

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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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