Author Archives: David Sampson

About David Sampson

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

Behind the numbers: cancers associated with obesity

A report out today had a lot of us scratching our heads, when it said that about 630,000 people in the U.S. were diagnosed with a cancer associated with overweight and obesity in 2014. That sounds awfully high, we thought. … Continue reading

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New Analysis Confirms Suspected Bias of Large U.S. Prostate Screening Study

A new paper appearing in Annals of Internal Medicine used simulation modeling to try to correct for a known bias in a notable U.S. trial of prostate cancer screening, called PLCO. That study along with a large European one played an … Continue reading

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Don’t Fry Day: Getting Sunscreen Right

Despite increased awareness about the dangers of ultraviolet (UV) radiation, melanoma rates continue to rise in the United States. For “Don’t Fry Day” on May 26, the American Cancer Society is cautioning that many people may be using sunscreen improperly, … Continue reading

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Ventilated Filters: Changing the Face of Lung Cancer in the U.S.

An analysis appearing in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute finds strong evidence that adding ventilation holes to cigarette filters has contributed to a rise in a type of lung cancer called adenocarcinoma among smokers. The authors say the FDA … Continue reading

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14: The Unmentioned Number in the Prostate Cancer/Coffee Story

Headlines across the Internet blared with the news over the past week that coffee could cut the risk of prostate cancer in half.  It was an irresistible headline. But just how reliable was the finding? What if I told you … Continue reading

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Panel Re-Opens the Door for PSA Screening in Men 55-69

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has released draft recommendations for the use of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening for prostate cancer. The recommendation, which awaits public comment before being finalized, says the decision about whether to be screened for … Continue reading

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The ‘Bad Luck’ Cancer Analysis, Part II

A new study revisits an analysis made by the same lab in 2015 about the role of random mutations on cancer. The analysis uses computer modeling to estimate how many cancers are the result of replication errors. The authors say … Continue reading

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