Research & Education
The majority of cancer is sporadic and caused by genetic changes during your lifetime. However, approximately 5-10 percent of cancers are inherited. When changes (or mutations) in specific genes are passed from one blood relative to another, the risk for developing cancer greatly increases, and usually at an earlier age. This is known as Hereditary Cancer Syndrome.
Genetic testing can help determine whether or not you carry a mutation.
Am I at risk?
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Last Sunday's Roswellness Radio featured a discussion on the link between obesity and cancer. Chi-Chen Hong, PhD, an epidemiologist and Assistant Member of the Department of Cancer Prevention and Control at RPCI, explained which specific cancers appear to be connected with obesity and examined the overall rise of obesity in the United States.
“Quitting smoking” is always among the top list of New Year’s resolutions. And for good reason. To help kick the habit, many turn to smoking cessation aides, and e-cigarettes have emerged as an alternative to traditional tobacco products. But do they help you quit? Here’s what we know:
What are e-cigarettes?
E-cigarettes are devices that use an electrically controlled heating element to vaporize a solution of nicotine and flavorants, which is then inhaled. They have been promoted as an alternative to traditional tobacco...
When thinking about lung cancer and its risk factors, it’s natural to immediately think about smoking. However, there are other forms of lung cancer and, with them, other risk factors. Mesothelioma is a rare, but serious, lung cancer heavily linked with exposure to asbestos. Nationally, between 2,000-3,000 Americans are diagnosed with mesothelioma each year. At Roswell Park, we see a slightly elevated number of mesothelioma patients allegedly due to the high number of industrial and factory jobs in Western New York. These jobs were even more prevalent just a few decades ago and many...
When my brother was diagnosed with cancer, my family’s priorities were clear: his health came first. But eventually, we also had to return to work.
We were not sure how to talk about how the "C" word was affecting us with co-workers, how the constant worry and uncertainty made it hard to focus or plan the way we used to. In fact, we are still learning how to talk about that. But we have learned some lessons along the way.
While my mother raised us to believe that honesty is the best policy, she also recalls being asked casually about my brother’s...