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The new guideline released by the American Cancer Society is the first update since 2003.

Communications Manager Brian Ortner, says the guideline is based on the latest science.

He says evidence clearly supports starting annual screenings at age 45, but it’s a balance.

Ortner says there’s some risk of harm associated with early screenings like biopsies for false-positive imaging tests or possible overdiagnosis.

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September marks National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. It’s the most common cancer in men in America, and is a leading cause of cancer death in men. A prostate cancer support group will meet Monday at a Wichita hospital to discuss the latest information on the disease.

Kansas is in the bottom half of the class in a new report from the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network.

The report judges states on nine policies relating to cancer control and prevention. Kansas draws praise for raising tobacco taxes this year, for cancer pain control policies, and for its statewide Indoor Clean Air Act. But the state received failing marks for six other policy areas.

Deborah Shaar

It’s estimated that more than 14,000 people in Kansas will receive a new cancer diagnosis this year. A little less than half will be women and the majority of those new cases will be for breast cancer.

There are support programs available to help women manage the appearance-related side effects once treatment begins.

KMUW’s Deborah Shaar reports on the “Look Good, Feel Better” program offered by the American Cancer Society.

A short, upbeat video provides the first introduction to the Look Good, Feel Better Program.

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Some people might not think of Wichita State University as a medical research institution, but one assistant chemistry professor is researching how cancer cells spread throughout the body and hopes that one day her work will help slow metastasis.

Dr. Moriah Beck hasn't been on the Wichita State campus for very long, but since her arrival last year from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill she has been growing her student research team and setting up a lab to continue her innovative cancer research.