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Finding the Problems So They Can be Fixed: Rural Cancer vs. Cancer in the Cities

Posted by Elise Vandersteen Bailey on Apr 20, 2018 8:00:00 AM

A recent study under the direction of Huntsman Cancer Institute researcher Dr. Mia Hashibe has examined disparities in cancer survival and incidence between Utah's metropolitan and rural areas.

That's a mouthful. Here's what it means:

  • The National Institutes of Health defines health status disparities as differences in rates of disease occurrence between population sub-groups like between difference races, the sexes, economic classes, and more.
  • Incidence is just a way that researchers measure the number of diagnoses per year in a group of people, so any differences in incidence between Utahns who live in rural areas versus Utahns who live in metropolitan (city) areas would be considered health status disparities.
  • Hashibe worked to understand whether such health status disparities exist between rural Utahns and Utahns living in metropolitan areas.
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Topics: Science

How HCI Has Grown Over the Past 11 Years, And What Has Been Learned There

Posted by Elise Vandersteen Bailey on Apr 13, 2018 8:25:00 AM

After looking at how cancer research has changed during the time we've been around, we thought we'd also see how Huntsman Cancer Institute has changed since we began supporting research there 11 years ago.

 

 

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Cancer Research Over the Past 11 Years

Posted by Elise Vandersteen Bailey on Apr 6, 2018 9:40:00 AM

VLCM Foundation has been around, in one form or another, for 11 years. Things have been moving quickly in cancer research. To see just how fast, we thought we'd list out the major accomplishments in the field since the year we began raising money for Huntsman Cancer Institute.

 

 

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18th Century Math Tests 21st Century Genetics Question

Posted by Elise Vandersteen Bailey on Mar 30, 2018 8:40:00 AM

As we've discussed, many genetic changes occur every second in your body. These changes have the potential to lead to cancer down the line, but only if they occur in specific genes. When genetic tests are done by doctors, all these changes can be found but someone has to decide which changes could cause disease and which probably won't.

Geneticists have discovered thousands of genetic changes for which they have no idea how (or if) they might impact a person's health. Most of these are believed to be harmless, so doctors don't want to subject someone to treatments if just any genetic change is found. Doctors only want to pursue treatment if they suspect a genetic change occurred which could cause cancer.

In recent years, the American College of Genetics and Genomics (ACMG) released a set of 18 rules under which a genetic test can be reviewed, to evaluate whether a patient might be at risk of developing a disease like cancer due to genetic changes. 

In this week's news from Huntsman Cancer Institute, a researcher named Sean Tavtigian wanted to test this set of rules along with colleagues from other cancer centers, to see how strong they are. They turned to an 18th century equation to do so.

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Topics: Science

VLCM Foundation Earns GuideStar's 2018 Gold Seal of Transparency

Posted by Elise Vandersteen Bailey on Mar 23, 2018 9:20:00 AM

VLCM Foundation was recently recognized for our transparency with a 2018 Gold Seal on our GuideStar Nonprofit Profile!

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HCI Researchers Surprised By Their Own Study's Results

Posted by Elise Vandersteen Bailey on Mar 16, 2018 11:23:32 AM

This week's news from Huntsman Cancer Institute is on research just published by HCI researchers into endometrial cancer.

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Topics: Science

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