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ACA repeal could greatly impact women’s health

Since President Donald Trump’s inauguration, there has been a steady drop in the probability that the Affordable Care Act will be repealed by the end of April. A recent Washington Post poll shows a 35 percent chance of that happening. However, this does not quell the fears raised by what a repeal could mean.

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Cervical cancer is killing more women than medical experts thought, study says

“In my opinion, the study’s most disturbing revelation was this: black women living in the United States die at the same rate from cervical cancer as women living in sub-Saharan Africa,” said Christopher Pennell, Ph.D., associate director for Community Engagement at the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota, referring to a recent study about cervical cancer. “If this isn’t a wake-up call, I don’t know what is.”

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Expert Perspective: 1-in-4 U.S. men has HPV strains linked to cancer

Last week, a study published in JAMA Oncology revealed one in four men in the U.S. are infected with human papilloma virus (HPV). And, that’s just the people with the cancer-causing strains.

HPV is the leading cause of cervical cancer in women, and also a leading cause of anal and oropharyngeal cancers, especially in men.

Annie-Laurie McRee, Dr.P.H., assistant professor in the Medical School, weighs in on the data.

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Tunneling Nanotubes: Cellular Highways for Cancer Drug Delivery, Study Suggests

The exceedingly narrow, long offshoots stemming from cancer cells called tunneling nanotubes exchange important cellular cargo vital to sustaining the cells. But new evidence published in Molecular Therapy – Oncolytics shows these tubes may be ideal for distributing cancer-killing viruses, offering a new avenue for cancer treatment.

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Aspirin use shown to slightly lower risk of cancers

According to a study recently published in Cancer Causes & Controls, regular aspirin use may slightly reduce the risks of certain cancers.

The study, conducted by Kristin Anderson, Ph.D., M.P.H., and colleagues at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health suggests that aspirin use could have a small but protective effect in preventing breast, pancreatic, ovarian, and colon cancers in older adults. Other studies provide evidence of moderate benefits.

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Research snapshot: Gay prostate cancer patients have unique social support networks and needs

A key factor in how well all prostate cancer patients recover from the disease is their access to social support. Benjamin Capistrant, Sc.D., assistant professor in the School of Public Health, recently looked at the social support bisexual and gay prostate cancer patients have or need and discovered that it can differ greatly from heterosexual men.

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