In an article recently published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, researchers found that smoking before or after being diagnosed with cancer was associated with a higher mortality from breast cancer and several other causes. The research is part of the Collaborative Breast Cancer and Women's Longevity Study, a population-based prospective observational study conducted in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Wisconsin.
A new report from the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute reveals that Wisconsinites may be living longer, but not healthier. The 2015 Wisconsin Health Trends: Progress Report reveals that nearly all age groups are living longer, but an increasing percentage of adults are reporting their health as fair or poor. Specific to cancer, smoking and excessive drinking rates continue to decrease, yet obesity rates and socioeconomic trends that influence health, such as high school drop-outs, unemployment, children in poverty and violent crime rate, continue to worsen.
In a recent article published in Pediatrics, researchers reviewed HPV immunization and infection rates among girls through 2012. Its review found the prevalence of the four HPV strains covered by the vaccine decreased by 64 percent in girls age 14 to 19, and 34 percent in women age 20 to 24.