Noteworthy Numbers

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month—a time to educate people about early cancer detection, novel breast cancer treatments, and ways to support survivors. Today’s educational efforts will aid generations to come and positively influence the following breast cancer statistics.
Billions of dollars are spent each year to fund research as scientists continue to identify the causes of cancer and to develop strategies for prevention, detection, treatments, and cures. The following statistics allow a glimpse into the immense field of cancer research funding.
According to the World Health Organization, one-third of all cancer cases are preventable.1 When individuals choose the right health behaviors and avoid exposure to certain environmental risk factors, prevention becomes the most long-term cost-effective approach for curtailing cancer.2 The following statistics examine policy factors and behavioral prevention strategies.
In this month’s issue of The Oncology Pharmacist, we present our coverage from the 2013 annual meetings of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC) and the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO).
Throughout the year, many organizations promote breast cancer awareness. Especially during October...
In 2010, Dr Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), chose the 6 original health priorities that he would call “winnable battles.”
The Jefferson School of Pharmacy at Thomas Jefferson University was founded in 2008 and offers an innovative doctor of pharmacy program that prepares graduates for interesting and challenging pharmacy practice roles across the healthcare continuum.
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) originated in October 1985 when the American Cancer Society (ACS) partnered with the pharmaceutical division of Imperial Chemical Industries, now part of AstraZeneca, to sponsor a weeklong event. Today, the ACS is only one of many public and private organizations that help sponsor NBCAM programs in the United States, and Breast Cancer Awareness Month is now observed worldwide.
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy challenged Americans to go to the moon within a decade. Apollo 11 accomplished that goal 7 years later. In 2012, inspired by that challenge, the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center launched the Moon Shots Program. This ambitious plan aims to convert scientific discoveries into clinical advances quickly to improve survival rates for several of the deadliest cancers including ovarian cancer, which is our focus this month.
With the exception of skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer affecting men.
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