Cancer

This section covers cancer types, causes and symptoms as well as the signs of cancer, tests and treatments.

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You've probably heard of a tumor, but what about a neoplasm? How similar are they and are they always cancerous?

By Jesslyn Shields

A study from the National Institutes of Health found women who regularly use permanent hair dye and chemical hair straighteners are at a higher risk of breast cancer. The risk increases significantly — more than six times — for black women.

By Michelle Konstantinovsky

Just 10 percent of Americans with pancreatic cancer survive for at least five years. Why is the outlook so grim and what can be done about it?

By Alia Hoyt

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Although it's far more common in women, men get breast cancer too. And they have a much higher fatality rate. Why is this and what can be done?

By Alia Hoyt

The EPA deemed ethylene oxide a carcinogen in 2016, yet there are many cities across the country being polluted with the invisible gas.

By Michelle Konstantinovsky

Good news, for a change: The cancer death rate in America has declined 26 percent since 1991. Here's why.

By Alia Hoyt

Although we're told to start getting screened for colorectal cancer at 50, new research suggests we should start earlier.

By Jesslyn Shields

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A new smartphone app may help detect pancreatic cancer and other diseases tied to jaundice.

By Sarah Gleim

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.

By Patrick J. Kiger

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 from people who've been through it.

By Alia Hoyt

Many women dread the squishing of their chest during their annual checkup. Is there another way to get the same results in a more breast-friendly way?

By Alia Hoyt

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

By Nichole Bazemore

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

By Kate Kershner

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.

By Jesslyn Shields

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

By Alia Hoyt

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While pigeons probably won't be donning lab coats anytime soon, they are proving their prowess when it comes to detecting cancer.

By Laurie L. Dove

Depending on the test and other factors, false positives can be extremely high for certain tests. Why is that, and what can be done about it?

By Melanie Radzicki McManus

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

By Robert Lamb

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

By Jennifer Sellers

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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?

By Kate Kershner

Another day, another forwarded email. Today it appears your underwire bras can give you cancer. Read this article before burning your bras, ladies!

By Laurie L. Dove

Cutting out sugar from your diet may have many health benefits. But can removing the sweet stuff help get rid of cancer, too? We separate fact from fiction.

By Laurie L. Dove

Colorectal cancer, or colon cancer, is a common type of cancer found in both men and women. Find out what you need to know about this form cancer.

By Dr. Rob Danoff

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The main thing you can do to decrease your chances of cancer is reduce the repetitive injury to your normal cells. See these tips from Dr. Oz and Dr. Roizen to stop cancer before it starts.

By Dr. Michael F. Roizen & Dr. Mehmet C. Oz

The Cancer Project’s latest billboard shows a pack of hot dogs coming out of a pack of cigarettes. At first I thought this was somewhat dramatic but the fact of the matter is that it’s a fair comparison.

By Sara Novak