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June 28, 2011 • Volume 8 / Number 13


Lung Screening Trial Results and Ovarian Cancer Analysis Published

Primary results from the National Lung Screening Trial show a 20 percent reduction in deaths from lung cancer among heavy smokers who were screened with low-dose helical computed tomography (CT) compared with those screened by chest X-ray. The findings, which appeared online in the New England Journal of Medicine, confirm initial findings from the study reported in November 2010 and include the rate of false-positive results. For more information, read the NCI press release.

In a study reported in Nature, The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) Research Network has analyzed the genomic changes found in ovarian tumors from 500 patients, providing the most comprehensive and integrated look at any cancer type to date. TCGA is jointly funded and managed by NCI and the National Human Genome Research Institute. The NCI press release is available online.


New Graphic Tobacco Warning Labels Backed by Research

Two of the nine new graphic warning labels for tobacco products For the first time in more than a quarter century, the look of a pack of cigarettes sold in the United States is changing, thanks to nine new graphic tobacco warning labels released last week by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 

By the fall of 2012, tobacco companies will be required to cover half of the front and back of cigarette packs and cartons with the warnings, which include images of cancer-ridden lungs, rotting teeth, and an infant surrounded by secondhand smoke. Read more > >


Dr. Martha Linet

A Conversation with Dr. Martha Linet on Cell Phone Use and Cancer Risk

Dr. Linet discusses the forthcoming IARC monograph that classifies exposure to mobile phones as "possibly carcinogenic to humans." Read more > >




  • FDA Update

    • Potential Cardiac Risks Associated with Smoking Cessation Drug
    • Diabetes Drug May Increase Risk of Bladder Cancer
  • Update

    • NCI Launches International Clinical Trials Portal
  • Notes

    • In Memoriam: PDQ Board Member James Nachman
    • DCEG Training Program Receives Langmuir Award
    • NCAB Meeting Held This Week
    • NCI Hosts BSA Meeting June 20
    • Telephone Workshop for Cancer Survivors to Focus on Late Effects
    • Japanese Translators of the Bulletin Visit NCI


>A cross-section of a chest scan from The Cancer Imaging Archive What is this? Click on the image to find out.
A cross-section of a chest scan from The Cancer Imaging Archive (TCIA), a Web-accessible clinical imaging archive linked to The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) tissue repository and the Lung Image Database Consortium data set. Learn more about the archive online.

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