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Each year, over 650,000 Russians fall victim to cancer. But despite these overwhelming figures, there’s no shared understanding of what a patient should do in their specific condition. That makes their struggle all the more difficult to navigate, leaving them no clue as to where they should go, what they should do, and to whom they should turn for help. So people resort to the internet, but its advice is often far from trustworthy. To address the issue, the Cancer Prevention Foundation has launched a consultation service Prosto Sprosit (Russian for ‘just ask’), where all user queries are answered by medical practitioners. ITMO.NEWS looks into the workings of the service and how it could help cancer sufferers.
According to the statistics by the Ministry of Healthcare of the Russian Federation, over the last ten years, the number of people diagnosed with cancer has grown by 18%. Every year, cancer is identified in over 500,000 Russian citizens. While the emergence of social media has made information about cancer more accessible, this has yet to have any effect on morbidity rates. This probably has to do with most information about cancer being false. In an open lecture which was conducted as part of Pink October, the breast cancer awareness month, Ilya Fomintsev, oncologist and executive director of the "Ne Naprasno" (“not in vain” -- Ed.) cancer prevention foundation spoke about the risk factors for cancer, screening, and other associated issues.
Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in the world. Over the last years, this disease has become the most frequent cancer among Russian women. According to the statistics, 21 women out of 100 cancer patients have breast cancer. National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) is an annual international health campaign organized by breast cancer charities every October to increase awareness of the disease and educate people about the importance of early screenings. Founded more than 20 years ago, NBCAM now brings together hundreds of organizations from all around the world. In this interview, Vasiliy Filimonenko, an oncologist at the Scandinavia clinic in St. Petersburg, expanded on what everyone should know about this disease, how to conduct screenings, and what are the common myths about cancer.
At the beginning of this year, Master’s students and graduates of ITMO’s Science Communication program launched Profilaktika.Media, an educational media project from the Cancer Prevention Foundation. Before the year ends, they plan to launch a column “A guide to cancer types”, as well as publish instructions for oncology patients facing complex situations. In an interview for ITMO.NEWS, the project’s editor Polina Poleschuk and author Lizaveta Babitskaya talked about writing about oncology for a wider audience, trust issues in medicine, and why one shouldn’t believe everything they find on such resources as PubMed.
Cancer prevention foundation “Ne naprasno” (its name translates as "Not in vain" from Russian - Ed.) won a Presidential grant for creating Profilaktika.Media - an educational media project on evidence-based medicine and oncology. Two Master’s students of ITMO’s Science Communication Program are responsible for this project: Ksenia Zhirnova and Elizaveta Dubovik. ITMO.NEWS spoke with these students and found out what it's all about: namely, what is cancer prevention; why there are still so many misconceptions about cancer in Russia; how such a media project could help cancer patients, as well as improve doctors’ training.
Russian scientists discovered meadowsweet activity in preventing neurocarcinogenesis in rats. Having increased risks of rodents to get cancer, the researchers proved that those animals, which were given the meadowsweet decoction instead of water, had the number of brain and spinal cord tumors reduced by two and three times respectively. According to the scientists, the work determines a further research path in the field of natural cancer inhibitors. The experiment results were reported in Journal of Neuro-Oncology.
Getting a "cancer" diagnosis can harm one a lot more than the real consequences of cancer would. There are types of cancer that can develop at rates so slow that the diseased will be fine until old age and might not even notice them. Also, early detection of cancer doesn't necessarily guarantee recovery. So, why does one have to think twice before cancer treatment? Ilya Fomintsev, Chief Operation Officer for the Cancer Prevention Foundation shared about the related questions during an open lecture at ITMO University.