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Cancer screening examinations are medical tests performed when you're healthy and you don't have any symptoms. They help ensure that any existing cancers are identified at their earliest, most treatable stages.

M. D. Anderson has released updated guidelines for colorectal, cervical and breast cancers. The new recommendations are based on how likely you are to develop a certain kind of cancer. Therese Bevers, M.D., professor in the Department of Clinical Cancer Prevention, explains the basis for these important updates.

Visit our website to review the new cancer screening guidelines.

Do you get tests to check for cancer, such as a mammogram or colonoscopy? Did you know that you can make an appointment at the Cancer Prevention Center at M. D. Anderson for these and other preventative cancer screenings. 

What do you think about the new screening guidelines?

Supporters of the e-cigarette see it as a safer alternative to traditional cigarettes. After all, it produces no smoke and uses rechargeable batteries. It's even promoted as a new way to get around public smoking bans. But this nicotine delivery device is not safe. Groups like the American Lung Association, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association and the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids have called for its removal from the market.

Joel Dunnington, M.D., professor in M. D. Anderson's Department of Diagnostic Radiology, and Rob Watkins, a puppet from Too Cool to Smoke: with The Kids on the Block, chime in on the growing debate.

Puppet appears courtesy of The Kids on the Block, Inc., Columbia, Maryland,

If you are in the Houston area, request a visit from Rob. Too Cool to Smoke: with The Kids on the Block puppet show is a free tobacco awareness program for children in kindergarten through fourth grade.

So what do YOU think? Let us know your take on the e-cigarette controversy.

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Visit our website to learn more about smoking and tobacco, including how to quit.

Whether you're looking for information or support, Monica Taras, librarian in The Learning Center, recommends three sites to begin your search for online cancer survivorship resources.

Visit The Learning Center to find out more about free resources on health, cancer and cancer prevention.

Download the Cancer Survivorship Pathfinder, a reference sheet listing available print, video and online resources.

Visit Focused on Health for more information.

What online resources have you found to be helpful?

Michael R. Migden, M.D., assistant professor in the Department of Dermatology, talks about the importance of getting regular skin cancer screening exams and checking out that "weird spot" on your body.

Visit Focused on Health for more information on skin cancer prevention.

How often do you do a skin check?


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