Author Archives: David Sampson

About David Sampson

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

Report: One in Four Americans over 50 is Inactive

Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new data on the prevalence of physical inactivity among adults age 50 years and older. Inactivity is defined as no activity beyond what one has to do just to … Continue reading

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The Numbers behind the ProtecT Trial

This week’s release of the first study comparing outcomes between surgery, radiation, and active surveillance got a lot of buzz. But even then, some pretty important details did not get as much coverage as they probably could, and maybe even … Continue reading

Posted in Communications, Prostate, Research, Treatment | 1 Comment

New study compares surgery, radiation, and active surveillance in prostate cancer

A long-awaited study from researchers in the United Kingdom compares three major approaches: surgery (radical prostatectomy), radiation, and active surveillance (also known as ‘watchful waiting’) for men with localized prostate cancer diagnosed with prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test, and … Continue reading

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Cancer vs. Heart Disease: What’s Behind the Numbers

A new report from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics says cancer has replaced heart disease as the leading cause of death in 22 states as well as in non-Hispanic Asian/Pacific Islander and Hispanic … Continue reading

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9/11 and Cancer: Behind the Headlines

What “tripled” in new report about World Trade Center cancers? Continue reading

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Olympic Rings… All of Them Red

One of the interesting developments at the Summer Olympics has been the sudden appearance of red circles on athletes’ skin. It turns out Michael Phelps and others are displaying signs of “cupping,” one of the more unusual ‘health’ practices around.   … Continue reading

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A Healthy Journey Begins with 10,000 Steps

The rise and increasing use of pedometers, Fitbits, and other devices to measure activity has brought renewed attention to “10,000 steps,” an idea to help promote physical activity in the United States. And it has some asking: is 10,000 steps enough? We … Continue reading

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