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Grants help fire departments purchase cancer-prevention gear

Dec. 15, 2019 3:15 PM EST

MARLBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — More than 170 fire departments across Massachusetts are sharing $920,000 in state grants for equipment intended to reduce firefighters’ exposure to cancer-causing chemicals. The Firefighter Turnout Gear Grant program will provide firefighters in 144 departments with new...

Grad overcomes cancer to achieve dream of playing in NFL

Dec. 15, 2019 12:03 AM EST

FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — Anyone who’s ever put on a helmet and shoulder pads in their youth has thoughts and dreams of making it to the NFL. Few, however, have been able to do so while also fighting cancer. But that’s exactly what Florence High School grad Chandler Brewer did. Two phone calls...

Breast cancer risk from menopause hormones may last decades

Dec. 13, 2019 10:38 AM EST

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Women who use certain types of hormones after menopause still have an increased risk of developing breast cancer nearly two decades after they stop taking the pills, long-term results from a big federal study suggest. Although the risk is very small, doctors say a new generation of women...

Study shows higher levels of carcinogen near Waukegan plant

Dec. 12, 2019 4:39 PM EST

WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — People living near a suburban Chicago medical equipment sterilization facility face higher cancer risks from toxic air pollution, a new study found. The University of Illinois study found that participants who lived near the Medline Industries plant in Waukegan had higher levels of...

Phoenix fire chief to have mastectomy for breast cancer

Dec. 12, 2019 9:16 AM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix Fire Chief Kara Kalkbrenner says she's been diagnosed with breast cancer and will undergo a double mastectomy and reconstruction Friday. Kalkbrenner made the disclosure in an open letter she posted on the Fire Department's Facebook account Thursday night. Kalbrenner also said the...

Cancer survivor, Luke Putney, on the healing power of music

Dec. 11, 2019 2:15 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) — Luke Putney’s prayers are simple these days. He prays for healing in his left hand so he can play guitar and bass again. He asks God to strengthen his body so he can be a blessing to other people. And he gives thanks for being able to use the bathroom. “Praise God...

New drugs show rare promise against advanced breast cancer

Dec. 11, 2019 10:57 AM EST

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Doctors on Wednesday reported unusually good results from tests of two experimental drugs in women with an aggressive form of breast cancer that had spread widely and resisted many previous treatments. One drug showed particular ability to reach tumors in the brain, which are...

Texas IDs cancer cluster in polluted Houston neighborhood

Dec. 6, 2019 6:24 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Texas health officials identified a cancer cluster in a north Houston neighborhood polluted by the wood preservative creosote from a nearby railroad operation, prompting calls from residents and the city for a more in-depth investigation of potential ongoing risks. An assessment by the...

Melania Trump befriends 18-year-old former leukemia patient

Dec. 6, 2019 5:27 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The first time Caoilinn McLane met Melania Trump she had no idea it wouldn't be the last time. Fighting leukemia from her bed at Children's National Hospital, Caoilinn McLane, then 15, met the first lady in 2017. Mrs. Trump had quietly visited the hospital to help with preparations for a...

Judge dismisses lawsuit against New Mexico health provider

Dec. 6, 2019 4:55 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A U.S. district judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a group of cancer doctors against a New Mexico health care provider after she found no violations of federal antitrust laws. The Albuquerque Journal reported Thursday that New Mexico Oncology and Hematology Consultants Ltd....