Author Archives: David Sampson

About David Sampson

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

Too soon to draw conclusions from new data finding no health benefit to aspirin

Results from a large new study released Sunday showed no health benefit to taking daily aspirin, at least among previously healthy people 70 and over. The results were published in three studies published  in the New England Journal of Medicine. … Continue reading

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The Pendulum Swings (Back) on Prostate Cancer Screening

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has updated its guideline for prostate cancer screening. The group now recommends that men ages 55 to 69 who are interested in screening talk to their doctors about potential benefits and harms of … Continue reading

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Highly Processed Foods & Cancer Risk

A study out Wednesday suggests eating a lot of highly processed foods might be associated with higher rates of cancer. The study appears in BMJ, and the authors admit more study is needed, but warn that the rapid adoption of … Continue reading

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Rodents and Radiation: What to Take Away from New Study Findings

Preliminary data was released today from two rodent studies by the National Toxicology Program (NTP), to explore potential links between cell phones and cancer. The studies have found high exposure to radiofrequency radiation (RFR) resulted in tumors in tissues surrounding nerves … Continue reading

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Detecting cancer with a blood test: New study shows promise, but questions remain

A study published this week in Science reports promising results of a blood test designed to detect eight common cancer types by measuring circulating proteins and mutations in cell-free DNA. The study comes from the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center at … Continue reading

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Study links inflammation-causing foods to higher risk of colorectal cancer

A study in today’s JAMA Oncology links diets that include foods that can cause inflammation to an increased risk of colorectal cancer.  Those foods include meats, refined grains, and high-calorie beverages. We asked Marji McCullough, SCD, RD, strategic director of nutritional epidemiology … Continue reading

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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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