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Don't Fear Your Colonoscopy

March 19, 2018

Despite major advancements in colon cancer screenings, the stigma surrounding a colonoscopy leaves many of us, well, a little uncomfortable. ... Read more

Mapping the Genome Jungle: Unique Animal Traits Could Offer Insight into Human Disease

March 06, 2018

Scientists at University of Utah Health are using animals' unique traits to pinpoint regions of the human genome that might affect health. The results of this project are available in the March 6 issue of the journal Cell Reports.... Read more

Gum Disease and Cancer: What We Do and Don't Know

December 11, 2017

Gum disease has long been linked to heart disease. Now it is being reported that the condition can increase the risk of certain cancers – like cancers of the esophagus and the stomach. ... Read more

The Most Common Symptoms of a Brain Tumor

July 20, 2017

Surgery is not the most common way brain tumors are usually found and diagnosed. Neither are headaches, believe it or not. ... Read more

Whack-a-Mole: Signs Your Mole Needs to Go

July 17, 2017

Experts say that nearly 70 percent of melanomas are new moles, but 30 percent appear from changing moles. ... Read more

Researchers Propose New Approach to Identify Genetic Mutations in Men with Prostate Cancer

June 28, 2017

Scientists have had limited success at identifying specific inherited genes associated with prostate cancer. Researchers studied prostate cancer patients with multiple cancer diagnoses, many who would not be recommended for genetic tests following current guidelines, to identify genetic mutations that may influence cancer risk. ... Read more

The Pain of Sunburns

June 26, 2017

Just one bad sunburn increases your chances of skin cancer. ... Read more

Your Mother's Eyes and Your Father's High Cholesterol

March 21, 2017

The Centers for Disease Control says that if you have a family health history of a chronic disease like cancer, heart disease, diabetes, or osteoporosis, you are more likely to get that disease yourself. ... Read more

Relief at Their Fingertips: Phone Monitoring Program Reduces Suffering of Chemotherapy Patients

February 28, 2017

Patients undergoing chemotherapy often experience difficult but treatable symptoms – including fatigue, pain, and nausea - in between healthcare appointments. But because providers are often not aware of them, some patients undergo unnecessary suffering. A new study by investigators at Huntsman Cancer Institute and the College of Nursing at the University of Utah shows that relief could be just a phone call away.... Read more

Voices in Precision Medicine: Speaking on the Law, Ethics, and Science

December 13, 2016

Precision medicine promises health care tailored to every individual, a mission that opens exciting possibilities and poses unique challenges. How do we control cost, equalize access to care, and speed the journey to success? On Dec 1 and 2, 2016, scientists, doctors, lawyers, and ethicists from across the country met to discuss these topics, and more.... Read more

Alcohol and Melanoma: A New Link

December 07, 2016

New research from the American Association for Cancer Research has added melanoma — the deadliest form of skin cancer — to the list of cancers correlated to alcohol use. ... Read more

When a Mole is Something More

October 28, 2016

“In many cases melanomas are the ugly duckling on the body. People can sometimes pick them out even from an untrained eye,” Julia Curtis, MD, assistant director of the mole mapping program at the Midvalley Health Center. ... Read more

Huntsman Cancer Institute One of the Top in the Nation; University of Utah Hospital Best in Utah, according to latest U.S. News & World Report Rankings

August 02, 2016

U.S. News & World Report has released its 2016-2017 Best Hospital Rankings and named University of Utah’s Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) one of the top 50 cancer hospitals in the country. ... Read more

Summer Skin: Then and Now

May 22, 2016

Popular descriptions of modern summer skin usually include terms such as “golden” or “sun-kissed.” But those phrases would most likely make your great-grandmother shudder. ... Read more

Study Contradicts Belief that Cancer Protects Against Alzheimer’s

May 05, 2016

Despite studies that claim people with cancer are less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease--raising the possibility that what triggers cancer also prevents the neurodegenerative disorder--a new investigation finds a more somber explanation. Many cancer patients don’t live long enough to get Alzheimer’s. The research, led by investigators at Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah, was published in The Journals of Gerontology: Series B.... Read more

Common Colonoscopy Questions

March 11, 2016

If you are age 50 or over please schedule a colonoscopy. This is a life saving screening that can stop cancer before it forms or catch it in its earliest stages. ... Read more

Common Colorectal Cancer Questions

March 07, 2016

An estimated 136-thousand people will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer in the United States this year. Those patients will have a lot of questions. ... Read more

Not Female Problems: 5 Conditions Also Affecting Men

February 09, 2016

They are health problems largely associated with women, but men can be affected as well. ... Read more

When Cancer of Unknown Origin Strikes, Family Members Are At Increased Risk

December 17, 2015

Cancer usually begins in one location and then spreads, but in 3-5% of cancer patients, the tissue where a cancer began is unknown. In these individuals a cancer diagnosis is made because it has metastasized to other sites. Patients with these so-called “cancers of unknown primary,” or CUP, have a very poor prognosis, with a median survival of three months. A new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Oncology finds that family members of CUP patients are at higher risk of developing CUP themselves, as well as cancers of the lung, pancreas, colon, and some cancers of the blood.... Read more

Hodgkin's Lymphoma: Patient Age Matters

October 27, 2015

Hodgkin’s Lymphoma is considered to be a very curable and treatable form of cancer. That’s why it was shocking when it was announced Minnesota Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders passed away after battling the illness since earlier this summer. ... Read more

Death by Bacon? Not Likely.

October 26, 2015

Today, while most people were eating their breakfasts, the World Health Organization released findings that processed meats – things like the bacon and sausage many were cooking – should be classified in the same category as carcinogens like cigarettes. ... Read more

Fight Breast Cancer With These Foods

October 16, 2015

What you eat could help decrease your risk for breast cancer. ... Read more

Why Elephants Rarely Get Cancer

October 08, 2015

A study led by the Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah could explain why elephants rarely get cancer. Published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), the results show that elephants have extra modified copies of a gene encoding a well known cancer inhibitor, p53. The elephants may also have a more robust mechanism for killing damaged cells that are at risk for becoming cancerous. The findings suggest extra p53 could explain elephants’ enhanced cancer resistance and lead to new strategies for treating cancer in people. Pediatric oncologist Joshua Schiffman, who led the study, describes the research and what it could mean for treating cancer in people.... Read more

Breast Cancer Stats and Facts | Breast Assured

October 05, 2015

Odds are that you know someone who has been affected by breast cancer, but do you know what you can do to prevent it? ... Read more

Busting Mammogram Myths

September 24, 2015

Women in Utah are not getting mammograms. We rank 49th in the nation when it comes screenings. 53% women ages of 40-49 do not get a mammogram each year. ... Read more

Poor Survival in Multiple Myeloma Patients Linked to Genetic Variation

July 22, 2015

Researchers have found that multiple myeloma patients with a genetic variation in the gene FOPNL die on average 1-3 years sooner than patients without it. The finding was identified with a genetic mapping technique, genome wide association studies (GWAS), and verified in patient populations from North America and Europe. Published in Nature Communications, this was the first study to survey the entire human genome for genetic variation influencing survival, and is a first step toward applying precision medicine to multiple myeloma.... Read more

Utah's Only Practicing Oral Pathologist

June 30, 2015

Bryan Trump, D.D.S., M.S., is one of a kind in Utah. He is the only practicing board certified oral & maxillofacial pathologist in the state. ... Read more

Melanoma: Keep Your Enemy Close

June 12, 2015

Melissa was just 29 when she faced a diagnosis that would change her life. ... Read more

Could Gel Manicures Increase Your Risk for Skin Cancer?

June 04, 2015

Using ultraviolet light to cure gel manicures is a risk factor for skin cancer. But you may still be able to get a gel manicure with less risk.... Read more

Mario Capecchi Recognized With AACR Lifetime Achievement in Cancer Research Award

April 17, 2015

Mario R. Capecchi, PhD, will be honored for his tremendous scientific contributions, which have had a profound impact on the understanding of cancer, including his groundbreaking work in the development of gene targeting technology, with the 12th annual American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Award for Lifetime Achievement in Cancer Research at the AACR Annual Meeting 2015, to be held in Philadelphia, April 18-22. ... Read more

Skew Right: From a Diagnosis Comes Determination

April 06, 2015

John Morris is living with pancreatic cancer. He is one of the few. He wants to change that. ... Read more

Noted UCSF Scientist Joins Research Team at Huntsman Cancer Institute

April 06, 2015

Martin McMahon, Ph.D., joins Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah in August as Professor in the Department of Dermatology and HCI Senior Director of Pre-Clinical Translation. ... Read more

No, Your Fitness Tracker Won’t Give You Cancer

March 30, 2015

Wearable devices like Fitbit are supposed to improve your health. So why is a newspaper column suggesting they may pose a cancer risk?... Read more

Did You Know There's a Vaccine for Some Cancers?

March 24, 2015

You can protect your child against several cancers with a safe and effective vaccine. The human papillomavirus strikes both men and women—and can be prevented through vaccinations.... Read more

University of Utah's Role in Angelina Jolie's Decision to Remove Her Ovaries

March 24, 2015

In the early 1990s, researchers at the U helped identify the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes after studying numerous Utah families with high incidences of breast and ovarian cancer... Read more

Assess Your Risk for Cervical Cancer

January 14, 2015

Cervical cancer in its early stages usually has no symptoms, so it's important to know your risk factors and get regular checkups. Here's how to assess your risk. ... Read more

New Study Findings Help Physicians and Patients Determine Prostate Cancer Risk

January 09, 2015

A discovery by researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute shows that looking at whether a man’s uncles and great-grandparents, among other second- and third-degree relatives, had prostate cancer could be as important as looking at whether his father had prostate cancer. A more complete family history would give physicians a new tool to decide whether or not a PSA test was appropriate.... Read more

Dealing With Illness During the Holidays

December 05, 2014

The holiday season can feel like the most wonderful time of year to some, while it can also feel like a time of loneliness, pressure, and stress to others, especially to those who may be dealing with the effects of cancer and other serious illnesses.... Read more

Colorectal Cancer Rates Are Rising Among Young Adults

November 19, 2014

New diagnoses of colon and rectal cancer have grown fastest in adults between the ages of 20 to 34, and it may be related to poor eating habits.... Read more

Google Wants to Search for Cancer - Inside Your Body

November 07, 2014

The Internet giant is developing a pill that searches your body for cancer and other diseases. Would you take it? ... Read more

The Truth About Men's Health

November 05, 2014

Men's health (and mustaches) are top of mind this month, thanks to the global Movember Foundation. Here are some hairy stats about men's leading health issues.... Read more

Movember: A Furry Look for Men's Health

November 03, 2014

Seeing more mustaches? It's all about cancer awareness. ... Read more

Cancer Causes: Myths Debunked

October 28, 2014

From eating sugar to talking on cellphones to wearing deodorant - for years people blamed these things for causing cancer. Here we debunk four of the top myths.... Read more

Looking on the Bright Side: Life After Transplant

October 21, 2014

Scott Kent is moving on after a liver cancer diagnosis and liver transplant. ... Read more

New Ways to Detect Cancer

October 09, 2014

A breath test for lung cancer? Scientists are developing innovative new tests that spot cancer early and are less invasive for patients.... Read more

Recognize the Subtle Signs of Ovarian Cancer

September 30, 2014

Bloating, fatigue and back pain seem like everyday annoyances, not signs of cancer. Here, learn the subtle signs of ovarian cancer. ... Read more

To Snip or Not to Snip: New Concern About Vasectomies

July 23, 2014

New research has some asking if men should reconsider vasectomies. We asked an expert for his advice. ... Read more

How to Create a Cancer Care Package

June 16, 2014

It's difficult to know how to help when you learn that a friend or co-worker has cancer. Donna Branson, director of patient and public education at Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah, offers tips to create a care package of useful items.... Read more

Measles Virus Wipes Out Woman's Cancer: Could This Be the Future of Cancer Treatment?

May 22, 2014

A blood cancer patient is in remission after receiving a massive dose of the measles virus.... Read more

Melanoma Monday

May 05, 2014

It kills, on average, one American every hour. But Melanoma does not have to be fatal. If caught early the skin cancer is highly treatable.... Read more

Free Oral Cancer Screening

April 23, 2014

43,000 Americans develop oral, head, and neck cancer each year. Dr. Jason Hunt describes some signs and symptoms to look for. ... Read more

Building the Case for Fiber

April 17, 2014

An American Institute for Cancer Research analysis of 16 studies involving 1 million women found a 5% reduction in breast cancer for every 10 grams of dietary fiber that women consumed daily. ... Read more

Rare Cancer Unites Experts from Around the World

April 07, 2014

Roughly 2,000 to 3,000 people in the United States will develop a rare and often fatal cancer Cholangiocarcinoma, which is cancer of the bile duct. ... Read more

Screening Mammography

March 06, 2014

Huntsman Cancer Institute physicians weigh in on a recent study that casts doubt on value of Mammograms... Read more

Your Road Map for Healthier Skin

March 03, 2014

When it comes to skin cancer, your first line of defense is early detection. Keeping track of changes in your skin with your own eyes can be difficult, so University of Utah Health Care's Huntsman Cancer Institute offers mole mapping. ... Read more

Talk Show Stirs Up Fears of Cancer-Preventing Vaccine

January 08, 2014

Cindy Gellner, M.D., weighs in on the national conversation around the cancer preventing HPV vaccine. ... Read more

4 Things Your Ob/Gyn Wants You to Know About Cervical Cancer

December 06, 2013

Here's a hint: It's preventable. ... Read more

A Celebration of Age: A Breast-Cancer Survivor's Tale

October 15, 2013

Read the compelling story of a mother of three and her battle against breast cancer.... Read more

Running to Cure Ovarian Cancer

August 29, 2013

"Now, it's personal." Why one physician is running 100-miles in support of her colleague's fight against ovarian cancer. ... Read more

Summer's deadliest skin disease

June 20, 2012

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, affecting more than two million Americans each year. ... Read more