Breakthroughs Blog

City of Hope has so many breakthroughs in cancer, diabetes and HIV/AIDS - and so many stories - that we've tailored our blog, Breakthroughs, to provide something for every reader. Whether the breakthroughs are about medical research, treatment advances or personal triumphs, they're all connected.

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Inside the California Teachers Study: The Future

March 8, 2017 | Stephanie Smith

Researcher James Lacey Jr., Ph.D., wants to pool data from the California Teachers Study and other studies to create a personalized prevention tool.

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Inside the California Teachers Study: The Disruptor

March 6, 2017 | Stephanie Smith

James Lacey, Jr., Ph.D., who now runs the California Teachers Study, is taking on the role of disruptor, as he transforms how study data is collected and shared.

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Forget the Fads: Three Real Ways to Reduce Your Cancer Risk

February 27, 2017 | Samantha Bonar

The race to reduce your cancer risk is a marathon, not a sprint. And while it is impossible to prevent cancer, there are strategies that, when implemented consistently over your lifetime, may lower your risk of cancer. We spoke to James V. Lacey Jr., Ph.D., M.P.H., associate professor at City of Hope's Division of Cancer Etiology, about the practices he recommends for leading a healthier lifestyle and in doing so, reducing your cancer risk.

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The environment and cancer: Are you at risk? (w/VIDEO)

March 18, 2015 | Valerie Zapanta

How does the environment affect our health? Specifically, how does it affect our risk of cancer? City of Hope  physicians and researchers recently answered those questions in an Ask the Experts  event in Corona, California, explaining the underlying facts about how the environment can affect our health.

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Does the environment increase our cancer risk? If so, how much?

February 2, 2015 | Valerie Zapanta

Does our environment increase our risk of cancer? What about plastic bottles, radiation, chemicals, soy products ...? Do they cause cancer? With so many cancer fears, rumors and downright urban legends circulating among our friends and colleagues, not to mention in the media and blogosphere, why not ask the experts? They can debunk cancer myths while sharing cancer facts that matter such as risk factors, prevention and the research underway at  City of Hope .

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'Cancer Urban Legends:' The truth is out there (w/VIDEO)

May 4, 2014 | Valerie Zapanta

With so many cancer-related rumors circulating amid friends and colleagues and, of course, on the Internet, people sometimes find themselves scratching their heads. Is it really true? Does deodorant really cause cancer? Does soy really cause cancer? Do cell phones really cause cancer? On April 23, City of Hope physicians and researchers came together to have a conversation about these cancer urban legends.

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Cancer risk posed by nail salons' UV lights: Putting it in perspective

May 1, 2014 | Tami Dennis

An increased risk of skin cancer seems a high price to pay for quickly dried fingernails – and yet a recent study suggests that’s what you get with repeated use of ultraviolet, or UV, lamps used at nail salons.

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Cancer urban legends: True or not true? Ask the experts (w/ VIDEO)

April 14, 2014 | Valerie Zapanta

Deodorant, plastic bottles, grilled foods, artificial sweeteners, soy products ... Do any of these products really cause cancer? With so many cancer myths and urban legends out there, why not ask the experts ? They can debunk cancer myths while sharing cancer facts that matter, such as risk factors, prevention and the research underway at City of Hope .

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Teachers hold key to better cancer tests, treatments (VIDEO)

July 11, 2013 | Hiu Chung So

Since 1995, more than 133,000 Californian teachers have contributed to one of the most powerful, ongoing epidemiological studies in cancer, appropriately named the California Teachers Study. Using survey data and medical records of the participants, it has made numerous important discoveries linking cancer risk to lifestyle factors – including physical activity, alcohol consumption and using hormone replacement therapy.

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