Global Advanced Research Journal of Medicine and Medical Sciences (GARJMMS) ISSN: 2315-5159
October 2012 Vol. 1(9), pp. 266-269
Copyright © 2012 Global Advanced Research Journals


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Cancer, prevention, research and the “calendar girls”

Raquel Mattos Bernardo1,2, Milena de Oliveira Monteiro3, Ernani Costa Mendes4, Solange Campos Vicentini5, Nelson de Souza Pinto1,6, Dulciane Nunes Paiva7, Sebastião David Santos-Filho1, Mario Bernardo-Filho1,4

1Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Instituto de Biologia Roberto Alcântara Gomes, Departamento de Biofísica e Biometria, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brasil.
2Universidade do Grande Rio, Curso de Medicina, Duque de Caxias, RJ, Brasil.
3Programa de Pós-Graduação em Ciências Médicas, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brasil.
4Instituto Nacional de Câncer, Coordenadoria de Pesquisa, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brasil.
5Faculdade de Medicina, Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brasil.
6Programa de Pós-Graduação em Ciências da Saúde, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, Natal, RN, Brasil.
7Universidade Santa Cruz do Sul, Santa Cruz do Sul, RS, Brasil.

*Corresponding author e-mail: or; Phone: 55-021-2868-8332, móbile: 55-021-8715-1371 

Accepted 08 October, 2012


World Health Organization work towards the prevention, the research and control of cancer. Movies have been used, as tools in the primary prevention, to discuss important problems in Health Sciences. The aim of this work is to present the number of publications (NP) in research and prevention and cancer in a database system, as well as to discuss about a film that shows an interesting way to get money to aid the development of a social program against cancer. The searches (24/09/2012) were performed in PubMed using the word cancer alone or cancer and prevention or cancer and research and the NP was determined. The results have shown 2682867 publications about cancer, and 141115 publications about prevention and cancer and 935397 publications about cancer and research. Calendar Girls is inspired in a true story of the Yorkshire (UK) housewives who posed nude for a calendar. Julie Walters star as Annie, spurred into action when her husband (John Alderton) dies of leukaemia. To raise money for the hospital where he was treated, the woman persuades their friends to strip for a saucy and discreet charity calendar. The film shows the meaning of the interactive processes of cooperation, when it is touching the public opinion for humanitarian causes. The analysis of the NP shows the importance of the studies about prevention and research in relation with cancer. The analysis of the film shows the relevance of the simple and creative actions to obtain money.

Keywords: Cancer, Prevention, Research, Calendar girl, movie, PubMed

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