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50% off ACRO 2008 Practice Management Guide and 2009 Supplement
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ACRO's popular Practice Management Guide is being redesigned as an online, members-only benefit, and as such we need to move our remaining 2008 and 2009 stock of publications -- quantities are limited so please order your copies as soon as possible. Click here to download an order form. ACRO Members can download the 2010 coding and reimbursement guide by visiting and logging in. Not a member? Join today for $375 and get access to ACRO's members-only section, which includes slides and podcasts from ACRO's 2010 Annual Meeting, free ABR-approved SAMs (coming soon) and free webinars. Members also may access our industry-leading legislative and economics support, enroll in a one-of-its-kind resident mentoring program and much more. Apply today.

Cancer risk of chemicals in environment uncertain
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People are exposed to a massive number of chemicals in the environment, and scientists know very little about their potential role in causing cancer, according to a new report from the President's Cancer Panel released May 5. Government and industry should invest much more money in researching the potential risks of such chemicals -- and that research should be done before the chemicals come into wide use, not after large numbers of people have been exposed to them, the report said. More

Study: Stomach cancer up in young, white adults
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Scientists are puzzling over a surprising increase in stomach cancer in young white adults, while rates in all other American adults have declined. Chances for developing stomach cancer are still very low in young adults but the incidence among 25- to 39-year-old whites nonetheless climbed by almost 70 percent in the past three decades, a study found. More

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Hospital took a year to realize computer was unplugged; cancer patients put at risk
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An IT crowd contractor unplugged a crucial diagnostic computer from a hospital network so he could use the plug for something else, according to an inspector general report. Apparently it took the Veterans Affairs Department hospital in Philadelphia more than a year to work out that the computer was not connected. The computer ran an application called the VariSeed treatment planning system, which oncologists use to focus radiation treatment on cancer hot spots. More

Study: MRI scans accurately spot spread of cancer
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A whole body MRI scan accurately detected breast tumors that had spread to the bone, even when there were no symptoms, offering a safe way to check patients, Indian researchers said May 6. They said whole body an MRI should be the method of choice for checking to see if breast cancer has spread. More

Skin cancer rate rising among children
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Doctors at Nationwide Children's Hospital said on they were seeing a disturbing trend with a growing number of children with skin cancer. Teenagers were those most at risk for developing the disease, 10TV's Tracy Townsend reported. When doctors first diagnosed cancer, Valerie Braaten said she cried. "I just associate cancer with scary so I guess mostly I was scared," said Valerie Braaten. "I always thought I had the mole my whole life and I didn't personally notice that it'd changed, but some of my friends had been commenting on it." More

Study: Mammograms catch few cancers in young women
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Mammograms detect few cancers in women younger than age 40 but cause expense and anxiety because women frequently get "false positives" that require follow-up to rule out cancer, researchers reported May 3. Mammograms did not detect any tumors among women younger than age 25, the researchers reported in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. More

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Study: Smoking during radiation makes treatment less effective
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A new study published in the International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology and Physics suggests that smokers who continue to smoke through radiation therapy for neck, throat and head cancers are less likely to fully recover than those who quit. According to lead researcher Dr. Allen Chen, 55 percent of smokers who quit before starting the treatment survive the following five years compared to only 23 percent of those who smoke through the treatment. More

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1 in 4 women has a tanning addiction
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You've probably heard people talk about being addicted to tanning, or even experienced it for yourself, and wondered if tanorexia is a real thing. According to researchers, it's very real -- and surprisingly common. The study, conducted by Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and the University of Albany, found that 27 percent of those surveyed (college students) have a psychological dependence on tanning in UV-light beds and booths. And scientists say that addiction includes symptoms that are similar to those that alcoholics or smokers experience. More

As FDA eyes prostate cancer drugs, experts urge caution
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When the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced May 3 it was investigating possible links between widely used hormonal prostate cancer drugs and a slight rise in risk for diabetes and heart disease, thousands of men who rely on these drugs to extend their lives were left wondering what to do next. According to experts, the main advice to those men at the moment is to keep taking the drugs, but use them with caution. More

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