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Samuel S. Epstein, M.D.

Professor Environmental and Occupational Medicine, University of Illinois School of Public Health, Chicago and Chairman, The Cancer Prevention Coalition.   Website:

The major cancer "charities" are comprised by the Imperial Cancer Research Fund (ICRF) and the Cancer Research Campaign (CRC), under the umbrella organization of the Coordinating Committee on Cancer Research.


Sat Aug 24, 2002

By ANDREW BRIDGES, Associated Press Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A for-profit company that organizes charity events for AIDS  and breast cancer related causes has shut its doors and laid off its more than 250 employees, a former spokeswoman said Saturday.

Pallotta TeamWorks founder Dan Pallotta told employees the shutdown was intended to save money and ensure its events could go on as planned, said spokeswoman Janna Sidley, who was among those laid off Friday.


Good News, Bad News on Cancer for Caffeine Lovers

Mon Aug 26, 2002

By Alison McCook

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Caffeine in the form of a lotion may help to prevent skin cancer, according to the results of a new study. But a separate study found that caffeine may actually promote cancer.

In the "good news" study, skin cancer was prevented in mice at risk of developing the disease if a lotion containing caffeine was applied to their skin.


Non-Mutated Breast Cancer Gene Finds, Fixes DNA

Mon Aug 26, 2002

By Linda Carroll

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Stanford researchers have discovered the normal function of the BRCA1 gene, the gene that--when mutated--leads to a high risk of breast cancer. According to the new study, the BRCA1 gene normally has the job of finding and repairing damaged DNA.

To test their theory that BRCA1 helps to repair damaged DNA, the researchers tweaked cells to make them overproduce the BRCA1 gene, according to the study, which was published in the advance online edition of Nature Genetics.


Coffee, Chocolate Compounds Potential Cancer Drug

Wed Aug 21, 2002

By Stephen Pincock

LONDON (Reuters Health) - Compounds found in coffee and chocolate could form the basis of new drugs for cancer, heart disease and inflammation, British scientists said on Wednesday.

Professor Peter Shepherd and colleagues from University College London and elsewhere found that caffeine and a related molecule called theophylline block an enzyme that is crucial for cell growth.


Scientists Probe Nev. Cancer Cluster

Tue Aug 20, 2002

By BRENDAN RILEY, Associated Press Writer

FALLON, Nev. (AP) - High levels of arsenic and tungsten were found in residents of this northern Nevada town during an investigation of a mysterious cancer cluster, government scientists reported Tuesday.

There's no known correlation, however, between high levels of the minerals and acute lymphocytic leukemia, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. Of the 16 confirmed childhood leukemia victims linked to Fallon since 1997, three have died.


Report Cites 'Dangerous' Cancer Advice on Web

Tue Aug 20, 2002

By Pat Hagan

LONDON (Reuters Health) - Some Internet sites that promote alternative remedies for cancer are potentially dangerous to patients, according to the results of a new survey.

The study of 13 alternative medicine sites revealed that some discourage patients from using conventional treatments, such as chemotherapy, and instead promote alternative remedies for which there is little or no evidence of effectiveness.