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'The balance of risk has shifted': Cancer screenings plunge during pandemic

Cancer screenings in the U.S. have plunged since the start of the pandemic almost a year ago, prompting health advocates to increase calls for the public to stop postponing these potentially life-saving procedures. Fear of getting COVID-19 at screening centers and job losses that have affected insurance coverage are among the factors driving this dangerous trend.... Read more»

Arizona gets grades from failing to ‘OK-ish’ for anti-tobacco efforts

The American Lung Association’s annual “State of Tobacco Control” report for 2021 gave Arizona a failing grade in three of five policies it looks at. Despite the poor grades, most states were doing well in the fight against smoking – until recently, when electronic cigarettes entered the market.... Read more»

Pima Supes snuff out 'T21' age limit for tobacco, vaping products

Pima County Supervisors voted 3-2 against imposing a ban on selling nicotine products to residents under 21 years old, while the Tucson City Council put off a decision on a similar new law.... Read more»

FactCheck: Trump's faulty wind power claims

During an April 2 speech, President Trump once again attacked wind power, falsely claiming that noise from turbines causes cancer and that turbines sink property values by 75 percent.... Read more»

To boost health, rehab sometimes starts before cancer treatment

Cancer patients who do rehabilitation before they begin treatment may recover more quickly from surgery, chemotherapy or radiation, some cancer specialists say. But insurance coverage for cancer “prehabilitation,” as it’s called, can be spotty, especially if the aim is to prevent problems rather than treat existing ones.... Read more»

Melanoma survivor urges lawmakers to bar minors from tanning beds

Christine Nelson said there’s a reason a tanning bed looks like a coffin. A melanoma survivor, Nelson said she has had numerous surgeries and takes eight doses of a chemotherapy drug every day. And she said it’s all because she decided to add a little color to her skin with indoor tanning sessions 30 years ago.... Read more»

Experts: More than half of Az cancer cases are preventable

Experts offered lawmakers some grim statistics Wednesday on cancer in Arizona, including a forecast of 11,400 deaths this year and a 50 percent increase in cancer cases by 2050. However, one figure offered some hope: More than half of cancer cases here could be prevented by lifestyle changes such as not smoking and exercising more.... Read more»

Bare-bones insurance plans expected to survive health law

Consumer Reports calls it “junk health insurance.” A California regulator described them as “skeleton policies.” To an expert from the American Cancer Society, they “are a perfect example of why health care reform is so crucial.” They are bare-bones health plans, and critics say they could leave consumers who become seriously ill on the hook for tens of thousands of dollars in medical costs. The Affordable Care Act was supposed to do away with them.... Read more»

Tanning industry dismissal of skin cancer threat draws doctors' ire

A new campaign by the tanning industry to promote the safety of sunbed use has come under fierce attack from the American Academy of Dermatology, which is accusing the industry of making claims that are "ridiculous" and unsupported by scientific evidence.... Read more»

Cancer number one killer of Latinos, replacing heart disease

A new study says cancer is now the number one killer of Latinos in the United States. ... Read more»

Marijuana linked to increased risk of testicular cancer

A new study from the University of Southern California says marijuana use may increase the risk of testicular cancer. ... Read more»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: Lawall backs Pima County conviction rates

Today on Buckmaster - We kick off the show with a newsmaker interview with Pima County Attorney Barbara LaWall. Then, we get a preview of the American Cancer Society's Tucson/Vail Relay for Life Event. Next, Tucson City Councilman Steve Kozachik calls in with the lowdown on the council.... Read more»

A Mountain closed Saturday for cancer climb

The road to A Mountain will be closed for part of the day Saturday for the American Cancer Society's "Climb to Conquer Cancer" event.... Read more»