New treatments are saving lives
The cancer death rate has declined 23 percent since its peak in 1991. Right now, America’s biopharmaceutical companies are working on more than 800 cancer medicines. “If you walk the corridors of any hospital studying cancer today, the excitement is palpable,” says Daniel Haber, MD, PhD, the director of Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center and a professor of oncology at Harvard Medical School in Boston. Check out these groundbreaking new developments in cancer research.
Please ask for genetic screening
“One of my early ovarian cancer patients told me her mom and grandma had both died of ovarian cancer, yet her doctor had never said, ‘Have you considered genetic testing?’” recalls Elizabeth Swisher, MD, a gynecologic oncologist at the University of Washington. “By the time she came to me, it was too late. But before she died, I tested her to identify the mutation that had caused her cancer. Afterward, I helped her daughter get that same test and removed her ovaries as a preventive measure. She’ll likely be the first person who doesn’t die of cancer in four generations of women in her family.” These are ovarian cancer symptoms you might overlook.