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Florida is not doing enough to prevent cancer, according to a new report by the American Cancer Society’s political-action committee.

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Roughly one in eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime, which is why screening for the disease is so important.

But some women can't afford a yearly mammogram.

A statewide program that screens for breast and cervical cancer has helped thousands of low income women between the ages of 50 and 64 with early detection. Only there isn’t enough money to make it through the year.

When actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus announced in she had been diagnosed with breast cancer last week, she did so alongside a sobering statistic: one in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer. The most recent data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention shows more than 236,000 women—and more than 2,000 men—are diagnosed with that form of cancer each year. In Florida, that's roughly 14,000 new breast cancer cases annually.

When DNA colon cancer screening tests find abnormalities, are patients discouraged about getting more diagnostic testing because of costs they will incur? And why do hospitals sometimes send a second bill for treatments given in a doctor's office? Here are the answers.

People With HIV Are Less Likely To Get Cancer Treatment

May 23, 2016

We’ve made great progress treating people who are infected with HIV, but if they get cancer they’re less likely to get the care they need, a recent study found.

Ten years may not seem like a long time, but in my field, ophthalmology, it has made the difference between going blind and still being able to drive.

A pop music star helped motivate students at a Jacksonville elementary school Monday.

Black Eyed Peas rapper, Jaime “Taboo” Gomez, taught the kids at Tiger Academy elementary school some new dance moves, as well as the importance of physical fitness.


Cancer Meds Often Bring Big Out-Of-Pocket Costs For Patients, Report Finds

Nov 19, 2015

Cancer patients shopping on federal and state insurance marketplaces often find it difficult to determine whether their drugs are covered and how much they will pay for them, the advocacy arm of the American Cancer Society says in a report that also calls on regulators to restrict how much insurers can charge patients for medications.

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Human papillomavirus, or HPV, is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections. It can also cause cancer.

When Gov. Rick Scott announced plans to spend tax dollars to boost Florida’s cancer centers, those associated with the Mayo Clinic - Jacksonville welcomed the news, since it treats thousands of cancer patients and is part of the National Cancer Institute system through its headquarters in Minnesota.  But as the Herald/Times Tallahassee Bureau reports, the pleasant feeling was short-lived.

Florida ranks second in the nation for incidence and deaths from cancer, but it lags behind in National Cancer Institute grant funding, according to the American Cancer Society.

Older women looking to lower their breast cancer risk might want to consider a long walk each day.  Researchers with the American Cancer Society found that walking for at least an hour each day lowered the breast cancer risk by 14 percent in postmenopausal women, according to Reuters Health.

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The public has been told over and over through the years that it's necessary to get regular screenings for breast, prostate, lung and other cancers.  Simple, clear messages work best in public health: Go for screening. 

The trouble is, a growing body of research indicates it's not that simple. Some screening tests find cancers that would not have been lethal, or even harmful. Treatment -- surgery, radiation, chemotherapy -- can inflict their own damage.

The American Cancer Society has quietly decided to stop funding its popular summer camps for children fighting the disease and college scholarships for young survivors, according to documents obtained by the Palm Beach Post.

The decision is meeting pushback from some of those who raise money for the projects, but ACS says it wants to focus its resources on ways to lengthen lives and maybe find a cure.