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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner used a live Facebook video session Wednesday to tout a new law he signed this summer requiring insurance companies and Medicaid to cover 3-D mammograms.

Immediately after the governor's stream, the Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force held one of its own.

Rauner, speaking from the Simmons Cancer Institute in Springfield during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, also congratulated a nurse practitioner for being cancer-free for one year. She stood beside the governor to answer questions.

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New research shows cigarettes contribute to more than 1 in 4 cancer deaths in the U.S. The rate is highest among men in southern states where smoking is more common and tobacco control policies are less strict.

The American Cancer Society study found the highest rate among men in Arkansas, where 40 percent of cancer deaths were linked to cigarette smoking.

Kentucky had the highest rate among women - 29 percent.

The lowest rates were in Utah, where 22 percent of cancer deaths in men and 11 percent in women were linked with smoking.

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The American Cancer Society is looking for volunteer drivers in DeKalb County to transport patients to their treatments.

One cancer patient undergoing radiation therapy could need as many as 30 trips to treatment in six weeks, and chemotherapy may be necessary every week for up to a year. That’s according to Kelly Perez, who is the manager for the American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery program.

“Even with the best family support and friend support, a patient may sometimes not always have an alternative to get to their treatment,” Perez said.

Cancer May Be Caused By Bad Luck

Jan 5, 2015
MostlyScience.com

Most cancers can be attributed to bad luck rather than risk factors, like smoking. 

That’s according to a study in the journal Science.

Results show two thirds of the cancer types analyzed were caused by chance mutations. However, some of the most common and deadly cancers are still influenced by lifestyle.

A drug that makes most cancers more vulnerable to the body's immune system may mark a new era in treatment. That’s according to a study published in the journal Nature.

The medicine strips cancer cells of the "camouflage" they use to evade attack by the immune system.

In the study, some patients totally recovered from terminal bladder cancer.

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