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General Cancer Facts

General cancer facts include the basics of how cancers form and spread and how they are treated. Learn about the symptoms and causes of cancer and find out the truth about cancer myths with these general cancer facts.

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Why is it so difficult to find cancer cells?

Finding a single cancer cell in the human body is like looking for one grain of sand in a sandbox. In the days of sophisticated scans and tests, why can't we pinpoint the cells that lead to pain and disease?


Research Identifies New Genetic Clues for Testicular Cancer Risk

A new study shows that by testing for multiple genetic factors, it's possible to identify those who have a higher-than-normal risk of developing testicular cancer, a disease that often strikes young men. See more »

'If You Need Anything, Let Me Know': What Not to Say to a Friend With Cancer

We often feel unsure about what to say to a friend with a serious illness, so we fall back on clichés. Here are some better ways to help . See more »

Doctors Baffled by Rise in U.S. Teen Cancer Rate

Researchers and doctors know some cancers in teens have skyrocketed since 1975. They just don't know why. See more »

Free Knitted Knockers Are a Boon for Breast Cancer Survivors

This is what happens when fearless knitters take on breast cancer one stitch at a time. See more »

Fighting One Person's Cancer With Another's Immune Cells

Modern cancer treatments can be almost as bad as the disease, but new immunotherapy research suggests we could optimize our own immune systems using donor T cells. See more »

Brain Cancer Incidence Hasn't Risen Like Mobile Phone Use Has, Study Finds

The Australian study reviewed data from more than 34,000 subjects and looked at phone usage from 1987-2012 and compared it to recorded brain cancer cases from 1982-2012. See more »

A New Cure for Cancer: Marriage

Scientists know that being married makes you more likely to survive cancer. Now they've discovered why. See more »

Turducken of Horror: Cancer in a Tapeworm in a Human

The parasite-host relationship just got a lot more complicated. See more »

Can I get cancer from WiFi?

We're surrounded by WiFi these days. What types of radio waves are being emitted, and should we be concerned? See more »

Will we ever cure cancer?

An estimated 1.6 million people will be diagnosed with cancer in 2015 — just in the United States. How long until chemo isn't a fact of life for people we know? See more »