If Memory Serves...
The year before the National Cancer Institute Act of 1937, Marjorie G. Illig of the American Society for the Control of Cancer (predecessor of the American Cancer Society) suggested the creation of a legion of female volunteers. The goal of the Women's Field Army was to raise money for cancer research and to educate the public about cancer. Her recruits wore khaki uniforms with insignia for rank and achievement. In less than 3 years, they helped increase the number of volunteers who were active in cancer control by tenfold. Read more)
For more information about the birth of NCI, go to http://www.cancer.gov/
OWH Updates Web Site
The site highlights NCI-supported research to understand, prevent, diagnose, and treat cancers that affect women only or cancers with a high impact on women. In addition to disease-specific sections, the site features special topics on AIDS-associated malignancies, cancer health disparities, tobacco prevention and control, and a new section addressing cancer survivorship.
Users can subscribe online to the NCI Women's Cancers listserv to receive notices when new content is posted on the site at http://women.cancer.gov/subscribe.shtml. Users can also help improve the site by providing comments at http://women.cancer.gov/survey.cfm.
Vitamin D Conference Held
LCBG Announces Availability of Samples to Validate Lung Cancer Biomarkers
When complete, four reference sets will be available. Two sets will contain retrospectively collected blood samples with clinical annotation, and the other two will contain prospectively collected samples.
The reference sets will be assembled and stored at the NCI facility in Frederick, MD. Any investigator studying promising lung cancer biomarkers can submit an application to the internal LCBG review committee for consideration. The detailed protocol for requesting access to these samples is available at http://edrn.nci.nih.gov/resources/sample-reference-sets.
May is Melanoma Awareness Month