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 …

     

Do We Need More Money for Cancer Research? You Bet We Do!

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Earlier today Jacoba Urist wrote an article in The Atlantic entitled More Money Won’t Win the War on Cancer. In my mind, she wrote a very compelling piece, with one small exception: I think she got part of the conclusion basically wrong. First I have to get off my chest that I really don’t like the title and it’s reference to “winning” a “war” on cancer. I never liked the idea of a war on …

     

New Promise for Detecting Ovarian Cancers Earlier

Some very encouraging news broke today in the fight to detect ovarian cancers earlier. Often called “the silent killer” or the “disease that whispers” ovarian cancer often first presents itself when it is already at an advanced stage and when the prognosis is not very favourable. The irony is that women whose ovarian cancers are caught early in Stage I have excellent 5-year survival rates, in excess of 80-90%. In this case, the earlier the …

     

Research Funding: Are We Going Down the Wrong Path?

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Two weeks ago the world lost one of its shining science stars, Canada lost an icon of international repute, and many of us (myself included) lost a friend and colleague when Dr. Anthony (Tony) Pawson died. I wrote about Tony on these pages at that time in a personal remembrance. Mine was not the only tribute, of course. A sample of some of the other heartfelt sentiments can be read here, here and here. But …