Sep 16, 2020

To Reduce Colorectal Cancer Disparities among African American Men, More Intervention Research Is Urgently Needed

Out of any other racial group, African American men have the lowest five-year survival rate for colorectal cancer. Published research on effective strategies to increase screening for this group specifically are minimal. These findings were published today in a special health inequities and disparities issue of the journal PLOS ONE.

Sep 14, 2020

Small-Town Pride: A Grandma’s Lasting Legacy

I was 16 when I first heard the term downwinder. I didn’t know what it meant, just that my beloved grandma was one. As an adult, I learned it referred to the people who lived down wind of the nuclear testing in Nevada. They had been exposed to high levels of radiation and many were diagnosed with cancer because of it. It meant the small town my grandmother adored and raised her children in was to blame for her cancer diagnosis.

Sep 10, 2020

Novel Discovery Challenges a Current Kidney Cancer Paradigm

Newly published research has reversed our understanding of an aspect of kidney tumor growth. Researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah discovered that two key proteins have opposite roles than what was previously believed.

Sep 10, 2020

No Easy Path on Her Ovarian Cancer Journey

Two years before her cancer diagnosis, Laura began experiencing chronic digestive problems and abdominal pain. These symptoms can indicate many different diseases, and given that she was in her 30s, cancer seemed unlikely. It took four misdiagnoses, one removed gall bladder, and the continued vigilance of both Laura and her husband, Bryce to learn that Laura’s ongoing pain and discomfort was actually ovarian cancer.

Sep 03, 2020

All Americans Are Downwinders – A Cancer Survivor Speaks Out

I am a downwinder. Like many Americans, I grew up under the clouds of fallout from nuclear testing. My hope is those of us who understand the tragedy of nuclear weapons demand that the mistakes of the past never be repeated. If we learned anything from being the involuntary subjects of atomic testing, it is that we all live downwind.

Aug 31, 2020

Bringing a Cancer Prevention Vaccine to Rural Communities

The HPV vaccine can prevent several different types of cancer. Access to and education about the HPV vaccine has never been more important. Kelly Sugihara, a coordinator for Wyoming Cancer Resource Services, works with clinics, state leaders, schools, public health professionals, dentists, and others over a 25, 672 mile area to increase accessibility and education about the HPV vaccine.

Aug 28, 2020

One Family's Investment in HCI's Mission

In 2015, Rich and Vicki Linton lost their beloved daughter-in-law, Alisa, after a prolonged battle with an aggressive form of melanoma. The entire Linton family is committed to help HCI eradicate cancer from the face of the earth. They are passionate about funding research so that one day, no one else will be lost to this horrible disease.

Aug 27, 2020

Community Advisory Board Spotlight: Lily Helzer

Lily Helzer, MPH, is the chronic disease prevention and health promotion section manager of Nevada’s Department of Health and Human Services. She lives in Reno, Nevada, and works in collaboration with the Comprehensive Cancer Control Program and the Nevada Cancer Coalition to bring communities and partner organizations together to reduce the burden of cancer across Nevada.