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Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey's Cancer Connection, March 2014
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Exploring the 'Why' of Frequent Tanning Bed Use among Young Women



Why do some young women frequently use indoor tanning beds, even though they know it can increase their chances of developing melanoma and other forms of skin cancer? And what can be done to help convince women to reduce that risk? These are questions Jerod L. Stapleton, PhD, a behavioral scientist at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, aims to answer with the help of nearly $700,000 in funding from the National Cancer Institute. The grant will support examination of this activity and the development of a behavioral intervention.Learn more

Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey Enhances Clinical Research Focus



Aiming to enhance its clinical research program, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey is welcoming Howard L. Kaufman, MD, FACS, as Associate Director for Clinical Science. Dr. Kaufman, who is nationally recognized for his work in cancer immunology, most recently was the director of the Rush University Cancer Center in Chicago. He has extensive experience in developing clinical trials and is the principal investigator of numerous studies funded by the National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute, pharmaceutical companies and philanthropic entities.Learn more

Exercise and Colorectal Cancer



Colorectal cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in both men and women. There are several things you can do to reduce your risk of developing colorectal cancer or to detect it early. While getting a colonoscopy at prescribed intervals is generally recommend by health professionals, research shows that exercise can also reduce your risk of developing colorectal cancer. Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey medical oncologist Rebecca Moss, MD, an assistant professor of medicine at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, explains the benefits in a recently published article.Learn more

Lung Cancer Prevention a Key Focus



March 19 is Kick Butts day - focused on educating young people about the dangers of tobacco, which ultimately can reduce lung cancer risk. Whether young or old, the Tobacco Dependence Program (TDP) supported by the Cancer Institute of New Jersey, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Rutgers School of Public Health can help with individual assessments, group support and physician consultation. Complementing the TDP in its efforts, the Thoracic Oncology Program at the Cancer Institute offers low-cost lung cancer screenings in collaboration with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and University Radiology.

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