Prevention & Screening


Combating the Known Unknowns: Cancer Presumption Laws Return Agency to Firefighters
  • Published: July 23, 2024
  • Updated: July 23, 2024

Risk factors like hereditary predisposition, tobacco usage or exposure to carcinogens in the environment, can increase one’s likelihood of developing cancer. And then there are occupational hazards. For example, along with the myriad dangers faced by firefighters, the job can entail a...

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Bridging The Gap: Delaware’s Approach to Health Disparities
  • Published: June 20, 2024
  • Updated: June 20, 2024

In 2001, Delaware formed the Delaware Advisory Council on Cancer Incidence and Morality. The goal: advise the governor on the causes of cancer incidence and mortality in Delaware and create plans on how to address them. The council has since been renamed the Delaware Cancer Consortium (DCC) and is...

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Genetic Screening: History and Recent Progress
  • Published: April 22, 2024
  • Updated: April 22, 2024

Just as cancer is not a single disease but a complex family of diseases, its triggers also vary. Ten to 20 percent of cancers are believed to be caused by genetic mutations, making genetic testing an important tool in cancer screening. DNA collected through a cheek swab or simple bloodwork can be...

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PA Enacts “First of Its Kind” Breast Cancer Screening Bill
  • Published: March 28, 2024
  • Updated: March 29, 2024

In May 2023, Pennsylvania Governor Josh Shapiro signed into law a new comprehensive bill, unique in the country, to expand preventative breast cancer screening, care, and insurance coverage. Senate Bill 8 removes out of pocket costs for BRCA-related genetic testing and counseling and other breast...

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