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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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Cancer: What You Need to Know

Cancer is the subject of encyclopedia-sized books and hours of conversation in thousands of family households across the world. In this article, we'll take a look at the different types of cancers and address treatments, detection and terminology.


Can I get cancer from WiFi?

Can I get cancer from WiFi?

WiFi is everywhere. Find out if you can get cancer from WiFi at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Will we ever cure cancer?

Will we ever cure cancer?

Finding a cure for cancer would help millions of people and solve one the biggest medical problems of the modern age. Find out if we can cure cancer. See more »

Does sugar 'feed' cancer cells?

Does sugar 'feed' cancer cells?

Consuming too much sugar can have negative effects on your health, but can it cause cancer? Learn whether sugar feeds cancer cells at HowStuffWorks. See more »

YOU Tips: 5 Ways to Prevent Cancer

YOU Tips: 5 Ways to Prevent Cancer

Here Dr. Oz and Dr. Roizen explain how to prevent cancer, primarily through protecting your normal cells. See five ways to prevent cancer to learn more. See more »

How to Beat Cancer: Three Foods to Keep You Cancer Free

How to Beat Cancer: Three Foods to Keep You Cancer Free

This is the third article in a series about how to prevent and beat cancer while going green. Learn more about three foods to keep you cancer free. See more »

Proven: Coffee Reduces Risk of Prostate Cancer in a BIG Way

I’ve explored the pros and cons of coffee in depth. It’s a sticky issue because a study comes out one week that points to coffee as a wonder drug and in the next week, we’re reminded of its dangers. See more »

Are hiccups a side effect of chemo?

There are a number of known triggers for hiccups. Learn whether hiccups can be a side effect of chemo in this article. See more »

Can pancreatic cancer cause constant hiccups?

Hiccups are the result of a spasm in your diaphragm. Learn whether pancreatic cancer can cause constant hiccups in this article. See more »

How and why do carcinogens cause cancer?

How and why do carcinogens cause cancer?

Why do carcinogens cause cancer? Take a look at studies on common carcinogens and learn how carcinogens cause cancer at Discovery Health. See more »

What are the most promising new weapons in the war on cancer?

What are the most promising new weapons in the war on cancer?

In the war on cancer, some new treatments are now available to improve survival rates. Learn about new cancer treatments and the war on cancer. See more »