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Fallen firefighter ceremony highlights line-of-duty cancer risks

By Makenna Mays TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Loran Johnston was the recipient of a red flower Wednesday — a symbol of the sacrifice her husband made in the line of duty as a firefighter. Joel Johnston, who served with the Indianapolis Fire Department for 16 years, was one of hundreds honored during the Indiana Fallen Firefighters […]

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ISDH: Johnson County does not have a cancer cluster

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com FRANKLIN— State health officials told community members and local families of cancer victims gathered at Franklin Community High School Monday evening that the local water supply isn’t causing children to develop cancer. “The ISDH (Indiana State Department of Health) can confirm there is no pediatric cancer cluster in Johnson County,” Deputy […]

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Financial help expanded for Hoosier women battling breast and cervical cancer

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS –More Hoosier women are now eligible for financial assistance to help diagnose breast and cervical cancer, state health officials say. The Indiana Breast and Cervical Cancer Program – BCCP – released new guidelines last week that expand funding options for women who fall below the 200 percent federal poverty line […]

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Innovative healthcare bill to move to House floor in Washington

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Congress is working to pass a bill that would allow innovative healthcare development in 21st century America, if it passes. The 21st Century Cures Initiative is a program developed by Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton, R-Michigan, in hopes of closing the gap between medical advancements and the […]

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Letter: Setting goals in the fight against cancer will lead to success

To the editor:   Cancer is a complex set of diseases with many different causes. Some cancers are caused by viruses such as hepatitis and human papillomavirus (HPV). One of the most common cancers in women throughout the world is cervical cancer, in which HPV plays an essential causal role. The development of a vaccine […]

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Lawmakers raise money for cancer research with Suits & Sneakers Day

By Hannah Troyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Republicans and Democrats finally found an issue they could agree on – raising money for charity. Politicians teamed up with the American Cancer Society on Thursday for the organization’s annual Suits and Sneakers Day at the Statehouse. To raise money, individuals gathered in the House chamber to participate […]

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Proposed tanning law for minors highlights cancer stats

By Ryanne Wise TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A Senate bill preventing Hoosiers under the age of 16 from using tanning salons is a step closer to becoming part of Indiana law. After some debate, Senate Bill 50 passed 30-17. The bill originated in the Health and Provider Services committee where it passed unanimously. Current law allows […]

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Lawmakers don sneakers to raise awareness about cancer

By Tim Grimes TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Lawmakers traded their dress shoes for sneakers Monday to support cancer awareness. The Suits and Sneakers Challenge is an initiative of the American Cancer Society and the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. Their goal is to “promote awareness of the fight against cancer and nutrition and physical activity.” […]