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As firefighters battle a blaze, they are exposed to chemicals and minerals like asbestos, formaldehyde and benzene that can stick to their gear, get on their skin or into their lungs. Numerous studies show this kind of exposure can increase the risk of cancer.

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Charlotte's annual "24 Hours of Booty" charity event marks 17 years this weekend, and what a ride it has been. Just ask founder Spencer Lueders.

NC, Other States Suing 'Phony' Cancer Charities

May 19, 2015

North Carolina leaders are calling out several cancer charities that barely used any of the money they raised to actually benefit cancer victims. Attorney General Roy Cooper and Secretary of State Elaine Marshall announced Tuesday they're part of a lawsuit against what they call "phony" charities. 

Secretary Marshall says government leaders "are sending the message to those trying to rip-off the giving public that we can find you, shut you down, and take you to court."

It appears an outright ban on minors using tanning beds in North Carolina could soon become law. 

The legislation would ban anyone under 18 from using tanning beds, and also require operators and owners of tanning facilities to get a signature from consumers acknowledging the health risks of exposure to ultra violet radiation.

North Carolina’s House of Representatives overwhelming passed the bill on April 21.

And on Tuesday, a Senate committee approved the bill and sent it to the Senate floor for a vote. Current laws require parental permission for children age 14 to 17 to use a bed and a doctor's written prescription for those 13 and under.

The bill is called the Jim Fulghum Teen Skin Cancer Prevention Act. Jim Fulghum was a state representative from Wake County who died of cancer last July.
If approved, the ban would go into effect October 1, 2015.

Advancements In Cancer Treatment

May 5, 2015

The treatment of cancer is on the cusp of change and part of that is coming from Charlotte. Several doctors at Levine Cancer Institute are involved in new clinical trials and treatments, among them targeted gene therapy which allows for specialized treatment tailored to each patient’s particular cancer. That therapy alone holds the promise of less debilitating treatment and better cure rates. We hear from some of the doctors involved in that research.

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One of the nation's most respected cancer hospitals for children is establishing an affiliate clinic in Charlotte. St. Jude Children's Research Hospital announced Tuesday it's partnering with Novant Health on the clinic.

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Advances in technology are changing some of the basic questions doctors ask when treating cancer.

“Does it matter if it's breast or lung or colon or leukemia - should we be treating tumors based on their mutations and not on their tissue of origin?” says Dr. Stan Lipkowitz of the National Cancer Institute.

Doctors in Charlotte and across the country are in the early stages of answering those questions. They’re focusing on the genetic mutations thought to be driving someone’s cancer, rather than the place it started.

For some patients in Charlotte, the results of this treatment have been remarkable.

If you watch ESPN, you’re surely familiar with Stuart Scott. You don’t forget his style. Here he is giving highlights from a 1998 game between North Carolina and Duke.