IU School of Public Health student creates self-examination curriculum for area schools

Samantha Ginther’s task started out simple: help the Olcott Center for Cancer Education update its breast and testicular cancer self-examination curriculum. A Master of Public Health student at the Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington, Ginther originally set out to simply help the center — which taught a self-examination curriculum in area high schools — […]

IU students take a first-hand look at public health advocacy and policy-making

Post by IU Communications colleague Milana Katic: A delegation of Indiana University master’s degree students from the School of Public Health-Bloomington and the Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI participated in the American Cancer Society’s “Day at the Capitol,” on Jan. 29 in Indianapolis. The day was organized by the society’s Cancer Action […]

Number of moles could mean increased risk for breast cancer, not just skin cancer

Beauty marks. They make you unique. And no doubt, you know where most are on your body. Women especially are familiar with their bodies and are aware of their moles. Now there’s new research that suggests that the more moles on a woman’s body, the greater chance of her developing breast cancer.

Talking about cancer

To many, Susan Gubar, a pioneering feminist and cultural critic, is considered an Indiana University treasure. Her teaching and writings have won accolades. Her recent blogging for The New York Times can be gripping. Gubar contributes to the Living With Cancer blog and writes intimately about life and death and matters in between — such […]

Simple steps for skin safety

Two news stories put skin cancer and skin protection top of mind for me this week. The New York Times’ “For a Boomer, Sunscreens Came Late and Cancer Came Too Soon” drove home the potential consequences (disfigurement, plastic surgery) of skin cancer. WebMD’s “Sunscreens Not Created Equal: Consumer Reports” discusses tests results for effective sunscreens […]

Sequestration: When cuts could cost lives

Much drama and politicking led up to the March 1 deadline to avert mandatory spending cuts required by sequestration. D. Craig Brater, dean of the IU School of Medicine, recently wrote this opinion piece describing the substantial impact the cuts could have on medical research in Indiana. He writes: Last year, the IU School of […]

Protect your eyes with style and restraint (leave the fireworks to the pros)

It looks like my kids and I need to pick up some sunglasses. Melanie Pickett, O.D., assistant professor of clinical ophthalmology at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Eye Institute at the IU School of Medicine, said sunglasses are the most important component of a summer wardrobe – for adults and kids. I always wear them, […]

Ophthalmology resident already working to help kids with retinoblastoma worldwide

By Timothy Corson, Ph.D., assistant professor of ophthalmology and assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, IU School of Medicine. Among a parent’s worst nightmares is learning that their child has cancer. In this country, we have come to expect treatments — even cures — for many cancers and know that a cancer diagnosis is […]

Skin cancer: Can’t teach an old dog new tricks?

I apply sunscreen to my face every morning and yet my grandfather’s disapproval of my cancer-prevention skin care still follows me. Persistent, yes, but I know he wants to help me and my family avoid the procedures and surgery he’s endured. Should I bother at my age? Reuters carried an article recently about a government-backed panel’s recommendation […]

Author Susan Gubar: Ovarian cancer not a ‘happily ever after subject’

Susan Gubar spoke on Wednesday with “Talk of the Nation” host Neal Conan about her new book, “‘Memoir of a Debulked Woman: Enduring ovarian cancer.” I recommend listening, as Gubar, an award-winning author and professor emerita of English in Indiana University Bloomington’s College of Arts and Sciences, discusses the cancer and decisions she must make […]