Author Archives: David Sampson

About David Sampson

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

HPV vaccination: A public health priority

Today, National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Centers across the country issued a consensus statement urging action to increase vaccination against human papillomavirus (HPV). The American Cancer Society’s Debbie Saslow, Ph.D., director of cancer control intervention, HPV & women’s cancers, says the time … Continue reading

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The President’s Cancer Moonshot: An Opportunity to Save Lives

Otis Brawley, M.D., chief medical officer for the American Cancer Society, today responded to the President’s call for a national effort to fight cancer. “The President’s commitment to a moonshot against cancer led by Vice President Biden is a galvanizing … Continue reading

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Four Society Researchers Make Annual List of Highly Cited Researchers

Four American Cancer Society scientists have been included on Thomson Reuters’ list of 2015 Highly Cited Researchers. The annual list recognizes leading researchers in the sciences and social sciences from around the world.The American Cancer Society researchers honored are: Ahmedin Jemal, PhD, vice president, … Continue reading

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Groundbreaking Trial Reports Positive Results on Screening for Ovarian Cancer

An eagerly anticipated clinical trial shows lifesaving potential for a method to screen for ovarian cancer using annual CA-125 tests and ultrasound. The algorithm used in the UK Collaborative Trial of Ovarian Cancer Screening (UKCTOCS), whose results are published in The Lancet, reduced the risk … Continue reading

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False positives may provide clue to future breast cancer risk

A large new study out today finds women who had a false positive mammogram had an increased risk for developing breast cancer years later. The risk was independent of breast density and remained elevated for a decade after the false-positive test. The … Continue reading

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WHO Review Links Red and Processed Meats to Cancer

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a part of the World Health Organization, has classified processed meat as a cancer causing agent (carcinogen), and red meat as a probable carcinogen. This conclusion was based on evaluation of the world’s … Continue reading

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Study: Reducing Nicotine Leads to Less Smoking

A new study appearing in the New England Journal of Medicine finds lowering nicotine levels in cigarettes led smokers to smoke fewer cigarettes. The study was short, just six weeks,  so the authors say it should be viewed as preliminary. But … Continue reading

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