Cancer

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A lot of people will start 2018 with the goal – call it a resolution or not – of quitting smoking.  The New York State Smokers Quitline has coaches that can be the missing piece in keeping with the goal.  Darlene Drake is a lead supervisor of the Quit Coaches ... who can help you break habits.  Before she quit, Darlene was lighting-up right when she woke up.

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An end-of-year gift to Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital today will support pediatric cancer research and specialized support to kids and families struggling with the disease.  Paige’s Butterfly Run is held every June and the organization presented $210,000. 

Paige was diagnosed with cancer while completing the end of first grade in 1993 and lost her fight one year later.  Her father Chris Arnold wants to make patients and families going through the same tragedy  as comfortable as possible.

Ranking Shows New York Can Do Better to Prevent Cancer

Aug 23, 2017
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How is New York State ranking on its Cancer-Fighting Public Policies?  The American Cancer Society recently released a progress report on State Legislative Activity to prevent cancer and mortality.  It shows that New York State scored highly in just four out of the nine areas of public policy.  ACS State Government Relations Director Julie Hart says despite the progress the state has achieved, New York still needs improvement in the fight against cancer.

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Two of the items passed at today’s Onondaga County legislature were more symbolic than concrete – but both could mean real differences for some local residents.  Lawmakers unanimously urged Congress to create a registry for cancer incidence among firefighters.  City firefighter Mike Valenti is also President of the New York Cancer Foundation.  He told legislators about severe health risks on every call.

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  New York State scored five out of a possible ten in getting behind suggested policies and aggressively passing laws to reduce cancer deaths and suffering.  The Progress Report on State Legislative Activity to Reduce Cancer Incidence and Mortality was released yesterday from the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network.  Government Relations Director Julie Hart says while the State scores high to deter kids and adults from smoking… there’s still room for improvement.

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Upstate Medical University Cancer Center researchers are optimistic that the recent “Cancer Moonshot” initiative by the White House will bring positive advancements towards treating the disease. Professor Leszek Kotula says this new push will help expand research efforts.

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  Cupcakes crowned with multi-colored frosting with butterfly rings capped off a check presentation at the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital in Syracuse on Wednesday.  Even sweeter was a $240,000 check from Paige’s Butterfly Run fundraiser held last summer and from events held throughout the year. It’s the largest gift to the hospital’s pediatric's unit received this year.  Paige Yeomans Arnold, whom the fund is named after, died of complications of her treatment for Leukemia in 1994.

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The efforts of more than 2,500 runners were recognized today after they raised nearly a quarter of a million dollars in memory of a first grader from Baldwinsville who died of leukemia 20 years ago.    The parents of Paige Yeomans Arnold presented a check to Upstate’s Golisano Children’s Hospital for the $224,000 dollars raised from Paige’s Butterfly Run and other events this year.  Upstate CEO Dr. John McCabe says the money will go towards pediatric cancer research and other support programs.  

  Deaths from Cervical Cancer have dropped dramatically in the last two decades due to regular screenings becoming more routine.  WAER continues our series on cancer screening and prevention today.  Some new developments are not changing the advice of medical experts – yet.

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  New York Cancer prevention officials are recognizing the 50th anniversary of the study that began decades of trying to get people to either quit – or never start – smoking.  

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