Archive - May 2012

Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - 4:00pm

New research, conducted with my colleagues at Roswell Park and the University at Buffalo, shows that many men hold misconceptions about what causes prostate cancer to metastasize — and, as a result, may decide not to have surgery to treat their disease. 

Following up on earlier studies suggesting that some people believe, incorrectly, that exposure to air can cause cancer cells to multiply, we analyzed responses to a mail-in survey from 158 men with localized prostate cancer.

Friday, May 25, 2012 - 2:57pm

May is National Skin Cancer Awareness Month, and with summer right around the corner, it’s important to remember that exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun can increase your risk of developing skin cancer.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 - 8:32am

May is National Brain Tumor Awareness Month. To help you begin to understand this complex group of tumors, we have compiled some of the key facts, statistics and information below. Learn about the Neuro-oncology Center at Roswell Park or consult the links and sources below for more information.

Brain Tumor Facts and Figures

Sunday, May 6, 2012 - 8:54pm

Over the last year, we have made great progress in melanoma research. This research has provided us with a better understanding of this deadly disease and has also led to new treatments.

Sunday, May 6, 2012 - 8:42pm

Although tremendous strides have been made in the treatment of melanoma, there is still much work to be done. At Roswell Park we offer several clinical research studies focused on the discovery and advancement of promising therapies to treat this most dangerous form of skin cancer. These studies are improving care for many of our patients, providing them new options and new hope.

In the above video, I describe some of these ongoing clinical research studies. You can also click these links to learn more:

Sunday, May 6, 2012 - 8:27pm

The skin is the largest organ in the body, and skin cancer is the most common of all cancers. There are three primary types of skin cancer - squamous cell, basal cell and melanoma. Of these, melanoma is the most dangerous, accounting for only 5% of skin cancer cases but responsible for the majority of skin cancer deaths.

The term “melanoma” is derived from the type of cell in which it affects called the melanocytes. Melanocytes produce the pigment of your skin, which is known as melanin.

Friday, May 4, 2012 - 3:21pm

A recent study in Cancer, a journal published by the American Cancer Society (ACS), reported a correlation between certain types of dental X-rays and a common, benign brain tumor called meningioma. In general, the study found that those with meningioma were twice as likely than those without meningioma to recall having a bitewing X-ray at some point in their lifetime.