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Archive for July, 2013

In the News: Heavy Smokers May Soon Be Eligible for Annual Lung Cancer Screenings

Annual lung cancer screenings may soon be available for certain patients with a current or past history of heavy smoking, according to a recent recommendation put forth the by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). Experts on the government-based health panel say that preventive screenings for lung cancer, a disease which claims more deaths than colorectal, breast, pancreatic and prostate cancers combined, could potentially save 20,000 lives a year. Statistics estimate that nearly 90 percent of individuals diagnosed with lung cancer die from the disease, largely due from lack of early detection. (more…)

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Summer Tips: Staying Safe in the Sun


While sunscreens offer temporary protection from UVB rays which are linked to cancer, the best defense may be limiting sun exposure. Next time you head out into the sun, consider these strategies for staying safe: (more…)

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Hill District Y Gets Kid-Friendly, Health-Education Kiosk with Help From UPMC

Last week, members of UPMC’s Technology Development Center(TDC) and Pittsburgh CONNECTS Hilltop Computer Center debuted a new touch-screen computer kiosk at the Thelma Lovette YMCA in the city’s Hill District. The kiosk, built mostly by the Y’s youth last summer, features a variety of user-friendly, health-education programs emphasizing the importance of nutrition and exercise. (more…)

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