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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U.S. Cancer Death Rate Continues Decades-Long Drop

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

Smartphone App May Help Detect Pancreatic Cancer Early

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

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.

'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 .

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.

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.

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.

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.

A New Cure for Cancer: Marriage

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

Turducken of Horror: Cancer in a Tapeworm in a Human

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

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?

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?

Does sugar 'feed' cancer cells?

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.

YOU Tips: 5 Ways to Prevent Cancer

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

How and why do carcinogens cause cancer?

By the end of 2010, an estimated 569,490 Americans will have died from cancer. That's more than 1,500 people every day, or one out of every four deaths in this country. So what is giving cancer such a push?

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

In 2004 alone, cancer killed 7.4 million people worldwide. But thanks to advancements in cancer treatments, we're actually moving in the right direction in the war on cancer.

10 Healthy Foods for Cancer Patients

Are you looking for foods that are tailored to cancer patients? Check out these top 10 healthy foods that are beneficial to cancer patients in this article.

How can we disrupt and destroy cancer cells?

It would be great if fighting cancer was like playing a game of "Pac-Man." Pac-Man runs through mazes and chomps down every single pac-dot, but we lack the ability to track down and kill cancer cells as easily. What weapons do we have?

What are the genetics of a cancer cell?

Normal cells act as the body's team players, while cancerous cells go rogue. How does a cell morph from normal to abnormal, and why does it happen?

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?

What is a circulating tumor cell chip?

Ever actually tried to find a needle in a haystack? Doctors do it all the time -- only they're looking for circulating tumor cells in a cancer patient's bloodstream. Did the search just get easier?


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