Author Archives: David Sampson

About David Sampson

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

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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U.S. Panel Says No to Skin Cancer Exams by Clinicians

The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has updated its 2009 recommendations for skin cancer screening in average risk (people without a history of skin lesions), and again concluded that there is insufficient evidence (an “I” rating) to assess the … Continue reading

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When “Skyrocketing” Isn’t

The calls started coming in over the weekend: reporters asking about an upcoming study that found metastatic prostate cancer cases were on the rise, and pointing to recommendations from the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) against screening using … Continue reading

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WHO Agency Downgrades Coffee’s Cancer Link

The news that coffee is being downgraded from “possible carcinogen” to “unclassifiable” sounds surprising, since we’re used to seeing trends go the other way, from safe to potentially cancer-causing. But this is how the scientific process works. The data on … Continue reading

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