American Cancer Society

Most women don't need to start getting an annual mammogram to screen for breast cancer until they turn 45, according to the latest guidelines from the American Cancer Society.

Previously, the society recommended women start annual mammograms at 40 and continue every year for as long they remained in good health.

The American Cancer Society predicts nearly 235,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed this year. The key word is "invasive" says Murray Calloway County Hospital Wellness Works Coordinator Melissa Ross, because this form of breast cancer can be prevented with routine mammograms. She speaks with Kate Lochte on Sounds Good about their new breast cancer prevention awareness campaign at the hospital.

Pancreatic cancer is the fourth-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United State, according to the American Cancer Society. With a five-year survival rate of six percent, it's also one of the deadliest. One of the primary reasons for this is that there is currently no early detection method or screening available, and the cancer is typically diagnosed after spreading to other organs.

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is determined to double the survivor rate by 2020 through research, patient support, community outreach and advocacy. On the local level, West Kentucky's volunteer team led by Carol Foreman hosts a Purple Light event this Sunday in Noble Park, celebrating survivors, remembering loved ones lost and inspiring the community. She speaks with Kate Lochte on Sounds Good.

Murray Relay For Life: New Time, New Location

Mar 24, 2014

The Relay for Life is an opportunity to unite as a community to honor cancer survivors, raise awareness about what one can do to reduce cancer risk, and to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Murray's Relay for Life Publicity Chair, Betsy Whitfield, visits Sounds Good to tell us about a new time for this year's event: April 18 and 19, and a new location: The Expo Center on College Farm Road.

Madisonville Hudson Toyota's Lisa Moberly talks about its "Rockin' 4 Research Festival" featuring six live bands and Relay for Life teams at the dealership Saturday, raising money for the American Cancer Society. 

Participate in National Cancer Prevention Study 3

Aug 7, 2013

Murray Calloway County Hospital’s Mary Heff and Melissa Ross speak with Kate Lochte about the National Cancer Prevention Study-3, at Murray September 19 – 21. It's a landmark study and opportunity in Murray for anyone between the ages of  30 and 65 years old. They talk about the first two studies: the first from the 1950s, was a look at how smoking relates to cancer; the second, from the 80s, centered around nutrition guidelines for preventative methods like how sitting longer shortens longetivity. The third study will consist of doing a survey at home and then going to the Murray Calloway County Hospital. The goal is to find links among people across the nation to find out what causes cancer and what can be done to prevent cancer. See more about this study.

Relay for Life Raises Awareness in Murray

May 3, 2013
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The American Cancer Society's Community Representative Pam Whittemore likens the Relay for Life event at Murray's Stewart Stadium this Friday night to the experience of a cancer patient: everyone's there at the diagnosis or beginning, then during treatment attention dwindles or is unwanted, and upon cure everyone's back cheering. So Friday's event opens at 7 p.m.; the Luminaria Ceremony is at 9:30; and bands play from 11 p.m. to 3 p.m. when everybody's tired and there's some attrition. Nonetheless everyone's back for the 7 a.m. awards ceremony Saturday.

Lourdes Hospital hosts enrollment for CPS-3 in mid-November.  This study continues over a half century of research that has confirmed links between smoking and obesity and cancer. Eric Walker is Associate Director for Mission Support of the American Cancer Society. He joins us on Sounds Good to explain what’s involved in enrolling in this national cancer prevention study. Lourdes Hospital hosts a two day enrollment program in mid-November. 

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