Francine Walton, MPH, and her mother, Marcia Walton, on a trip to Maine in the fall
May 31, 2023

Mother & Daughter: How cancer shaped the career path of the Office for Community Outreach & Engagement’s Program Director Francine Walton, MPH

Francine Walton, MPH, is a program director in the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Office of Community Outreach & Engagement. Sharing the importance of cancer screening, early detection, and access to care is all in a day’s work as she leads the outreach and community education programs. But it’s also a personal priority. Her mother, a four-time cancer survivor, has had a profound influence on Walton’s career path.
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May 16, 2023

Brain tumors: Learn about the different types, symptoms, and advanced treatments at UAB

Brain cancer is rare but serious. Researchers estimate that more than 18,000 adults in the United States will die from cancerous brain tumors this year alone.
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Young African American girl smiling while applying sunscreen at the beach.
May 3, 2023

Say Yes to Sunscreen and No to Sunburn

One in five Americans will develop skin cancer, according to estimates by the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). Avoiding ultraviolet light — a risk factor for all types of skin cancer — could prevent more than 3 million skin cancer cases annually.
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March 7, 2023

UAB Patient Beats Stage 4 Colorectal Cancer Without Surgery

In November 2020, retired Chief Master Sergeant Patrick McCrocklin visited the medical center at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Ala., where he assumed he would be treated for a hernia. He actually had two hernias, but doctors also found two mysterious spots on his liver. MRI and PET scans revealed stage 4 colorectal cancer that had spread to his liver, and he was given just six months to live.
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August 26, 2022

Striking Back at ‘Double-Hit’ Lymphoma with CAR T-Cell Therapy

In a battle with a rare and aggressive cancer called “double-hit” lymphoma, James “Milton” Wilkins struck first – or rather, his grandson did, with an accidental elbow to Wilkins’ abdomen. This led to a speedy diagnosis that gave him a fighting chance.
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Jeana Nesmith Russell
August 2, 2022

Hope Through Adversity — How One Patient Continues to Press Forward with Gratitude for Life, Family, and Friends

Nearly 32 years ago, Jeana Nesmith Russell was beginning her dream career as a nurse in one of the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s hospital units while pursuing her graduate degree. Little did she know that her life was about to change forever.
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November 2, 2021

Controlling Diabetes and Reducing Cancer Risk Go Hand in Hand

Medical experts have been trying to discover links between diabetes and cancer for decades. Some research suggests that the diseases may share underlying causes, or that one disease may influence or cause the other.
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November 9, 2020

Pancreatic Awareness Month Calls Attention to a Silent Killer

November is pancreatic cancer awareness month, when health care professionals call attention to a disease that affects more than 55,000 people in the United States each year. Pancreatic cancer is an especially deadly cancer because of the way it silently spreads before being detected.
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April 17, 2020

Skip the Tanning Bed to Save Your Skin

Like most 17-year-olds, Alison Griffitt was a carefree high school senior excited about her upcoming prom. She wasn’t a sun worshipper, but Griffitt admits that she would pop into a tanning salon before pageants, dances, and other special events.
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March 6, 2020

Home Tests for Colorectal Cancer Don’t Beat Colonoscopy for Prevention

Colorectal cancer has a high cure rate – especially when caught early – yet it remains the third deadliest cancer for men and women in the United States. It doesn’t help that many people avoid getting a colonoscopy, which is by far the best way to find colorectal cancer early or prevent it altogether.
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