cancer http://michiganradio.org en More younger men diagnosed with late-stage prostate cancer http://michiganradio.org/post/more-younger-men-diagnosed-late-stage-prostate-cancer <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">The number of younger men diagnosed with late-stage prostate cancer has been rising sharply over the past two decades.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Prostate cancer has generally been associated with aging.&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">But researchers at the University of Michigan say it's time to rethink that.</span></p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:06:32 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 18421 at http://michiganradio.org More younger men diagnosed with late-stage prostate cancer Politics, profits delay action on arsenic in drinking water http://michiganradio.org/post/politics-profits-delay-action-arsenic-drinking-water <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Arsenic is nearly synonymous with poison. But most people don't realize that they consume small amounts of it in the food they eat and the water they drink.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Recent research suggests even small levels of arsenic may be harmful. In fact, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has been prepared to say since 2008 that arsenic is 17 times more toxic as a carcinogen than the agency now reports.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Women are especially vulnerable.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">EPA scientists have concluded that if 100,000 women consumed the legal limit of arsenic each day, 730 of them eventually would get lung or bladder cancer.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The EPA, however, hasn’t been able to make its findings official, an action that could trigger stricter drinking water standards. The roadblock: a single paragraph inserted into a committee report by a member of Congress, an investigation by the Center for Public Integrity found.</span></p><p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 14:33:00 +0000 David Heath 18220 at http://michiganradio.org Politics, profits delay action on arsenic in drinking water Michigan firefighters closer to receiving help battling cancer http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-firefighters-closer-receiving-help-battling-cancer <p>Michigan firefighters are a step closer to getting help paying for treatment of <a href="http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2006/11/061110080741.htm">a serious illness</a> they may contract on the job.</p><p></p><p>The state Senate this week overwhelmingly approved a bill to create a $15 million fund to cover the medical costs firefighters incur when they fall sick with cancer.</p><p></p><p>The fund would compensate insurance companies that cover firefighters who make claims for treatment of bladder, skin, brain and a half dozen other forms of cancer.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Sat, 24 May 2014 13:48:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 17740 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan firefighters closer to receiving help battling cancer Giant, inflatable colon coming to Ann Arbor area mall http://michiganradio.org/post/giant-inflatable-colon-coming-ann-arbor-area-mall <p>That one got our attention too.</p><p>The press release from the University of Michigan News Service starts with "here's your chance:"</p><blockquote><p>The University of Michigan Health System will partner with the American Cancer Society to bring a 32-foot-long, 14-foot-high giant replica of the&nbsp;colon&nbsp;to Briarwood Mall,&nbsp;<span data-term="goog_802678564" tabindex="0">10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 22</span>, to raise awareness &nbsp;of colorectal cancer.</p></blockquote><p>What does such a thing look like? We asked for a few photos.</p><p></p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 16:52:22 +0000 Mark Brush 16853 at http://michiganradio.org Giant, inflatable colon coming to Ann Arbor area mall Fourth grader sworn in as Detroit Police Chief for the day http://michiganradio.org/post/fourth-grader-sworn-detroit-police-chief-day <p>Detroit's Police Chief for the day is nine year old Jayvon&nbsp;Felton - a fourth grader who is fighting leukemia, but one day hopes to fight crime as a Detroit Police Officer.</p><p>This morning&nbsp;Jayvon made his way to work by helicopter, taking a ride from Coleman A. Young International Airport, over Belle Isle, Comerica&nbsp;Park and the Ambassador Bridge. Upon his arrival, he was greeted by a group of Detroit Police Officers, Felton's classmates from Roberto Clemente Academy, and Detroit Police Chief James Craig.</p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 19:13:32 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 16261 at http://michiganradio.org Native American organization struggling but hopeful http://michiganradio.org/post/native-american-organization-struggling-hopeful <p>A new organization in Ypsilanti that promotes cancer awareness for Native Americans is struggling to stay afloat.<br /><br />Shoshana Beth Phillips is executive director of <a href="http://heritageofhealing.org/">Heritage of Healing.</a> It incorporates native traditions and activities into its services, and supports families with a parent dealing with cancer. (Phillips is originally from the Omaha Nation of Nebraska and <a href="http://uofmhealthblogs.org/cancer/one-native-american-gives-back/6153/">was diagnosed with bone marrow cancer</a> seven years ago.)&nbsp;</p> Wed, 25 Dec 2013 18:17:23 +0000 Kyle Norris 15808 at http://michiganradio.org Native American organization struggling but hopeful Stateside for Wednesday, November 6th, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-wednesday-november-6th-2013 <p>On today's show, we took a look at key election results from around the state, from marijuana to gay rights. How did you vote?&nbsp; And what's the take away from Election 2013?</p><p>Then, we spoke with Michigan singer-songwriter Stewart Franke as he takes us inside his battle with leukemia.</p><p>And, we talked Michigan beer. A new film looks at the craft beer scene in our state.</p><p>First on the show, i<span style="line-height: 1.5;">t has been quite a journey for a candidate who got booted off the primary ballot, was going to fold his tent and walk away, then was urged to mount a write-in campaign, swept the primary and today, is the new Mayor-Elect of Detroit.</span></p><p>Mike Duggan has become Detroit's first white mayor in 40 years, beating Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon.</p><p>Michigan Radio's Sarah Cwiek has covered the Duggan campaign and was at the victory party last night. She joined us today.</p><p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 22:11:00 +0000 Stateside Staff 15168 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Wednesday, November 6th, 2013 Michigan musician tells the story of his battle with leukemia http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-musician-tells-story-his-battle-leukemia <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Whenever you talk about the key players in Michigan's music scene, one of the names that inevitably comes up is that of Stewart </span>Francke<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>Born in Saginaw, he's made his home, raised his family and built his music career in Metro Detroit.</p><p>Writer and critic Jim McFarlin calls Stewart Francke "Detroit's workingman's troubadour," a title he's earned and maintained over decades of making his music.</p><p>But today we are going to hear about another journey Stewart Francke has been on, a journey into the world of cancer. A journey that began when he was diagnosed with leukemia that forced Stew and his family and circle of friends to join together to wage a ferocious battle.</p><p>He's now telling the story of his cancer battle in his e-book from Untreed Reads. The title says it all, "What Don't Kill Me Just Makes Me Strong."</p><p>Stewart Francke joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 20:15:59 +0000 Stateside Staff 15165 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan musician tells the story of his battle with leukemia UM theatre graduate turns battle with cancer into a play http://michiganradio.org/post/um-theatre-graduate-turns-battle-cancer-play <p>Being handed a diagnosis of cancer is a life-shattering experience.</p><p>Every single patient has his or her story of coping with cancer, fighting cancer, and there is infinite wisdom in each of these stories.</p><p>Alex Kip has one of those stories. He was 22 when he was diagnosed with non hodgkins lymphoma.</p><p>The U of M musical theatre graduate has turned his cancer battle into a play, "My Other Voice" is now running at the Arthur Miller Theatre through this weekend.</p><p>Alex Kip joined us in the studio.</p><p><em>Listen to the audio above.</em></p><p> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 21:57:28 +0000 Stateside Staff 14201 at http://michiganradio.org UM theatre graduate turns battle with cancer into a play Where are the 'cancer hot spots' in Michigan? http://michiganradio.org/post/where-are-cancer-hot-spots-michigan <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Michigan's cancer profile can cause unease, especially if you live or work near polluted waterways or land. Federal health data show that where you live might determine whether you will get cancer and what type.</span></p><p>Journalist Norm Sinclair looked at the "cancer hot spots" in Michigan for the August issue of <a href="http://www.dbusiness.com/">DBusiness</a> magazine, and he joined us today from Oakland County.</p><p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 21:21:09 +0000 Stateside Staff 13860 at http://michiganradio.org Where are the 'cancer hot spots' in Michigan? Stateside for Tuesday, August 6th, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-tuesday-august-6th-2013 <p>Federal health data show that where you live may determine whether you will get cancer and what type.</p><p>On today’s show, we explored Michigan's cancer profile.</p><p>And, we traveled to the Headlands International Dark Sky Park near Mackinac City, one of only 10 designated sky parks in the entire world.</p><p>Also, we spoke with Rick Pluta about the write-in candidates in Detroit’s primary election.</p><p>First on the show, it's not uncommon for voter turnout to be lower on primary Election Days than on the big general Election Days in November, b<span style="line-height: 1.5;">ut so much is at stake in Detroit's primary today.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Voters will narrow the field in races for Mayor and City Council.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">They'll be choosing a district-based council for the first time in nearly 100 years. These leaders will be working closely with emergency manager </span>Kevyn<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Orr during the city's historic bankruptcy, and they will be running the show after Orr leaves.</span></p><p>So the need for competent, passionate elected officials is greater than ever, and yet, turnout at the polls in Detroit is expected to be in the 15-17% range.</p><p>We wanted to talk about what's behind that chronically low number. Could it be something besides disaffected, uninvolved residents?</p><p>Nancy Derringer, a writer for Bridge Magazine, and Karen Dumas, the former chief of communications for Detroit Mayor Dave Bing and a communications/PR strategist, joined us today.</p><p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 21:08:03 +0000 Stateside Staff 13856 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Tuesday, August 6th, 2013 Stateside for Thursday, July 11th, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-thursday-july-11th-2013 <p>Michigan's home foreclosure rate is falling and our state is certainly no longer number one in foreclosures in the country. We found out why on today's show.</p><p>And, Michigan Radio's Political Analyst Jack Lessenberry joined us to take a look at how your state lawmakers are spending their summer recess.</p><p>And, a Michigan videographer is heading to Greenland to document the effects of pollution on glaciers for a project called “Dark Snow.”</p><p>Also, we spoke with the father of a 12-year-old Ohio State fan who found a creative way to use the rivalry between OSU and U of M to help him beat brain cancer.</p><p>And, Scott DeRue, who teaches at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, joined us to talk about his recent climb to the summit of Mount Everest.</p><p>First on the show, it’s Thursday which means it’s the time we turn to Daniel Howes – Columnist at the Detroit News.</p><p>Today he took a look at Kevyn Orr and the meetings he had this week with Detroit’s creditors and bond holders.</p><p> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 21:42:19 +0000 Stateside Staff 13500 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Thursday, July 11th, 2013 12-year-old OSU fan named his brain tumor "Michigan" and beat it http://michiganradio.org/post/12-year-old-osu-fan-named-his-brain-tumor-michigan-and-beat-it <p>It's a safe bet to state that one of the greatest sports rivalries in America is the one between Michigan and Ohio State.</p><p>Well, there's a "Beat Michigan" campaign happening right now in Buckeye-land that even the most die-hard Wolverine fan could not complain about.</p><p>A 12-year-old Ohio State fan---a true Ohio State fan---has been fighting brain cancer for the past two years. And to get him through the grueling chemo to help him marshal every bit of energy towards beating that cancer, young Grant Reed has named his tumor "Michigan."</p><p>And guess what, it's working! And there's nothing like some Internet fame to take a kid's mind off of the tough realities of a cancer battle.</p><p>Grant's dad, Troy Reed, joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 21:12:09 +0000 Stateside Staff 13489 at http://michiganradio.org 12-year-old OSU fan named his brain tumor "Michigan" and beat it 'Gilda's Big Night Out' to raise money for cancer support groups http://michiganradio.org/post/gildas-big-night-out-raise-money-cancer-support-groups <p>Gilda's Club is an organization that consists of groups across the country which provide laughter and support to cancer patients.</p><p>The organization is named after Gilda Radner. She was one of the brightest faces in comedy. The University of Michigan alum was in the original cast of Saturday Night Live. She passed away from ovarian cancer in 1989.&nbsp;</p><p>One of her close friends and partner in comedy, Allen Zweibel, spoke with Michigan Radio's Cynthia Canty about Radner.</p><p> Thu, 16 May 2013 21:40:29 +0000 Stateside Staff 12610 at http://michiganradio.org 'Gilda's Big Night Out' to raise money for cancer support groups Michigan lawmakers are considering changes to workers' compensation rule for firefighters http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-lawmakers-are-considering-changes-workers-compensation-rule-firefighters <p>State lawmakers are grappling with an issue that pits Michigan’s firefighters against insurance companies.</p><p></p><p>A bill before the Senate Judiciary committee would expand workers compensation coverage to Michigan’s five thousand paid firefighters to include ten types of cancer, including respiratory tract, bladder, skin, and brain.</p><p></p><p>The change would ‘presume’ fighting fires caused the cancers and not require firefighters to prove exposure on the job is responsible.</p><p></p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 18:48:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 12235 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan lawmakers are considering changes to workers' compensation rule for firefighters UM researchers developing treatment to make bone marrow transplants safer http://michiganradio.org/post/um-researchers-developing-treatment-make-bone-marrow-transplants-safer <p>University of Michigan researchers are developing a new use for an old drug.<br><br>Small doses of medicine already used to treat cancer may reduce inflammation in patients after a bone marrow transplant.<br><br>These transplants can save a cancer patient's life, but many recipients suffer from a life-threatening side effect called Graft-versus-host disease. It occurs when the donated cells attack their new host's tissues.<br><br>The drug Vorinostat could help reduce that risk. For the first time, researchers at U-of-M's Comprehensive Cancer Center are testing that possibility on human patients. Mon, 10 Dec 2012 21:56:17 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10294 at http://michiganradio.org UM researchers developing treatment to make bone marrow transplants safer Grand Rapids research organization to lead new pancreatic cancer study http://michiganradio.org/post/grand-rapids-research-organization-lead-new-pancreatic-cancer-study <p>The National Cancer Institute has chosen the <a href="http://www.vai.org/">Van Andel Institute </a>in Grand Rapids to lead a new study on pancreatic cancer.</p><p>The NCI estimates 43,000 people in the U.S. will get pancreatic cancer in 2012; leading to 37,000 deaths.</p><p><a href="http://www.vai.org/en/vari/research-programs/lab-of-cancer-immunodiagnostics/lead-investigator-bio.aspx">Brian Haab</a> Ph.D., Head of Van Andel Institute’s Laboratory of Cancer Immunodiagnostics, will head the research team.</p><p>Many times pancreatic cancer spreads to internal organs before people realize they have it and by then the prognosis is usually not so good. "It’s an aggressive disease. It doesn’t respond well to almost anything we’ve tried. Though there are individual cases that have worked out well,” Haab said.</p><p>He says pancreatic cancer is still hard to detect.</p><p>“It can be a long, expensive, and sometimes invasive process to do that and we want blood tests that can make it quick and inexpensive process,” Haab said. Sun, 21 Oct 2012 16:11:47 +0000 Lindsey Smith 9549 at http://michiganradio.org Grand Rapids research organization to lead new pancreatic cancer study Listeners and doctors weigh in on 'Living with Cancer' http://michiganradio.org/post/listeners-and-doctors-weigh-living-cancer <p>Yesterday, we hosted a live web chat that coincided with the airing of our one-hour documentary, &quot;<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/living-cancer-documentary-michigan-radio">Living with Cancer</a>.&quot;</p><p>People who logged on could ask our cancer experts, Dr. Anthony Shields and Dr. Michael Harbut from the Karmanos Cancer Institute, their questions about cancer and the environment. Some weighed in via <a href="https://www.facebook.com/michiganradio/posts/10151192647670555?notif_t=feed_comment">Facebook</a> and our blog, as well.</p><p>Here is a recap of the chat:</p> Fri, 10 Aug 2012 20:57:41 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 8639 at http://michiganradio.org Listeners and doctors weigh in on 'Living with Cancer' Live Web Chat: Talking about cancer http://michiganradio.org/post/live-web-chat-talking-about-cancer <p>Welcome to our live Web chat with the producers of our documentary, <i>Living with Cancer</i>: <a href="http://michiganradio.org/people/rebecca-williams-0">Rebecca Williams</a>, Meg Cramer and <a href="http://michiganradio.org/people/sarah-alvarez">Sarah Alvarez</a>.</p><p>The show is airing now on Michigan Radio, 91.7 FM/91.1 FM/104.1 FM, or you can listen to the live stream above.</p> Thu, 09 Aug 2012 18:54:17 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 8617 at http://michiganradio.org Live Web Chat: Talking about cancer Living with Cancer: a documentary from Michigan Radio http://michiganradio.org/post/living-cancer-documentary-michigan-radio <p>It&rsquo;s something we don&rsquo;t like to talk about, but cancer is all around us. It would be hard to find someone who hasn&rsquo;t been touched by cancer - not just someone you know - but someone you love.</p><p>In <em>Living with Cancer</em>, a special one-hour documentary from Michigan Radio, we&#39;ll explore how much we really know about the connections between cancer and the chemicals in our environment.</p><p>We&rsquo;ll meet both regular people and scientists trying to figure out if certain towns around Michigan are struggling with more cancer cases than other places because of current or past pollution. You&#39;ll hear about whether or not turning to the courts makes sense when it seems a company might to be blame for putting people at risk of cancer or other illnesses. Finally, we&#39;ll look at where we go from here. What do researchers know, and where are they looking next?</p><p>Listen live at 3pm on air on Michigan Radio or you can listen to the show at the audio links below:</p><p> Thu, 09 Aug 2012 18:38:41 +0000 Rebecca Williams 8618 at http://michiganradio.org Living with Cancer: a documentary from Michigan Radio