New PSA Test Recommendations: Clarifying or Confusing?

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Earlier today, Prostate Cancer Canada (PCC), a national prostate cancer advocacy, support and research funding organization, released a set of new recommendations about  when and how to use Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) testing and screening. This is a time when most of the rest of the world is increasingly aware of over-diagnosis and over-treatment of diseases like breast cancer and prostate cancer. As a result, most new screening guidelines are getting more restrictive in terms …

     

The Balls Are in Your Court

The Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) has made great strides in recent years to shake the perception by some that it is your “grandparents’ charity”.  Bold initiatives like the “Fightback” campaign, replete with videos containing F-bombs, have gone a long way to ensure that the CCS connects to a whole new generation of committed citizens in the fight against cancer. And earlier this month the CCS broke even further with tradition by distributing a very well …

     

Frustrations with Grant Application Processes are Not New

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Two days ago I posted an essay describing my opinion of why we need more money for cancer research in this country. This was prompted in large measure by an article I cited there entitled More Money Won’t Win the War on Cancer. I don’t wish to rehash the arguments (pro or con) here. But one area where we had agreement was that the system for applying for grants and getting money was getting to …

     

Three Cancer-Related Things You Need to Watch or Read Today

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Just a very short post today to highlight three things that I ran across earlier this morning that really caught my eye. Two of these were articles on myths and truths about cancer. These are the type of articles that make me say “Man, I wish I wrote that”. When that happens, I have to share. The first of these, entitled Six stubborn myths about cancer penned by David Robert Grimes in The Guardian is …