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Katie Couric says she was diagnosed with breast cancer on the first day of summer, and since has undergone surgery and radiation treatment. The 65-year-old media personality memorably underwent screening for colon cancer on the "Today" show in 2000, two years after her first husband died of the disease at age 41. Her sister also died of pancreatic cancer at age 54 but her circle's long history with the disease did not include breast cancer. Like she did as a “Today” show host, Couric said she hoped that talking about her experience would encourage women to make an appointment for a mammogram.

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TUESDAY, Sept. 27, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- The adenoma detection rate (ADR) of endoscopists is associated with the risk for interval postcolonoscopy colorectal cancers (PCCRCs) after a positive fecal immunochemical testing (FIT) result, according to a study published online Sept. 27 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

The annual meeting of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery was held in Philadelphia from Sept. 10 to 14 and attracted approximately 5,000 participants from around the world, including otolaryngologists, medical experts, allied health professionals, and administrators. The conference highlighted the latest advances in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the ears, nose, throat, and related structures of the head and neck.

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WEDNESDAY, Sept. 21, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Unscreened adults aged 40 years and older at average risk for colorectal cancer (CRC) prefer fecal immunochemical test (FIT)-fecal DNA every three years, according to a study published online July 20 in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

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WEDNESDAY, Sept. 21, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Considerable progress has been made to improve, extend, and save lives of patients with cancer in the last year, according to the 12th annual Cancer Progress Report released by the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR).

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A jury has awarded $363 million to a woman who alleged that a now-shuttered suburban Chicago plant that sterilized medical equipment exposed residents to a toxic industrial gas and gave her breast cancer. After a five-week trial, the Cook County jury on Monday awarded 70-year-old Sue Kamuda $38 million in compensatory damages and $325 million in punitive damages. Kamuda's attorneys say she developed breast cancer in 2007 despite having no predisposition to it. She is the first of more than 700 people seeking damages from Oak Brook-based Sterigenics to go to trial over health claims over the plant’s releases of ethylene oxide gas. Lawyers for the companies argued that Kamuda’s attorneys offered no proof that her breast cancer was caused by exposure to ethylene oxide.

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Former White House press secretary and Arkansas gubernatorial hopeful Sarah Sanders is recovering after undergoing surgery for thyroid cancer. Sanders said she underwent the surgery to remove her thyroid and surrounding lymph nodes. She said she planned to return to the campaign trail soon. Sanders served as former President Donald Trump's chief spokeswoman until 2019. She is running against Democratic nominee Chris Jones in the solidly Republican state. Her dad is former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

THURSDAY, Sept. 15, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Among patients with local regionally advanced oral cavity squamous cell carcinoma, rates of postoperative adverse events appear to be similar for those receiving neoadjuvant pembrolizumab or standard-of-care treatment, according to a study published online Aug. 25 in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.

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THURSDAY, Sept. 15, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Oxygen deprivation resulting from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is associated with cancer, according to a study presented at the European Respiratory Society International Congress 2022, held from Sept. 4 to 6 in Barcelona, Spain.

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 14, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- A blood-based multicancer early detection (MCED) test using cell-free DNA (cfDNA) is feasible for outpatients and has a positive predictive value of about 40 percent, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the European Society for Medical Oncology, held from Sept. 9 to 13 in Paris.

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President Joe Biden is urging Americans to come together for a new “national purpose” — his administration’s effort to end cancer “as we know it.” At the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Biden on Monday channeled JFK’s famed moonshot speech 60 years ago, likening the space race to his own effort. Biden hopes to move the U.S. closer to the goal he set in February of cutting U.S. cancer fatalities by 50% over the next 25 years and dramatically improving the lives of caregivers and those suffering from cancer. Experts say the objective is attainable — with adequate investments.

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FRIDAY, Sept. 9, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday warned doctors and their patients about rare cases of squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) and various lymphomas developing in the scar tissue that forms around breast implants. These cancers are different from an earlier FDA warning about Breast Implant-Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma.

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