Cancer

Cancer

More than half a million people die from cancer annually. But targeted therapies and other treatments offer hope to countless more.

Cancer starts when genetic changes cause cells to divide out of control and form tumors, which can then spread to other parts of the body. The disease can affect any organ. Ovarian cancer is the most deadly reproductive cancer in women. Often, it’s caught at a late stage because no screening tests exist. Ovarian cancer symptoms include abdominal bloating, pain in the abdomen or pelvis, and a rapid feeling of fullness while eating.

Skin cancers such as melanoma and basal cell carcinoma are on the rise, fueled by sun exposure. Basal cell carcinoma is by far the most common type of skin cancer, with 3.5 million new cases diagnosed each year.

Leukemia is a cancer of the blood. Depending on the type of leukemia, it can affect white blood cells of the immune system, red blood cells that carry oxygen throughout the body, or platelets that clot the blood. Leukemia symptoms vary depending on the type of the disease, but can include fatigue, fever, chills, easy bleeding or bruising, and swollen lymph nodes.

Colon cancer primarily affects people over age 50. This type of cancer starts in the lower part of the intestine (colon). It forms growths called polyps, which can be identified on a screening colonoscopy. Colon cancer symptoms include blood in the stool, stomach cramps, diarrhea or constipation, and unintended weight loss.

Although lung cancer is not the most common cancer, it’s the leading cause of cancer-related death. Smoking is the biggest risk factor for lung cancer. Exposure to chemicals such as asbestos accounts for a smaller number of cases. Lung cancer symptoms include a cough, chest pain, and shortness of breath.

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What Is Cancer?

What Is Cancer?

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Here’s a number to think about: 37.2 trillion. That’s not the dollar amount of the U.S. national debt, nor is it the number of people living on planet Earth. It’s an estimate of the number of cells that comprise the human body. It also represents 37.2 trillion places in your  … Read More

Age Spots—or Signs of Skin Cancer?

Age Spots—or Signs of Skin Cancer?

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Skin cancer may seem less threatening than breast, lung, or colon cancers, but if you have the most serious form of skin cancer, melanoma, it can be fatal. A dermatologist can perform a thorough screening of your skin, but between appointments, you need to monitor your skin for signs of  … Read More

Does Coffee Cause Cancer? You’ll Find the Answer Here

Does Coffee Cause Cancer? You’ll Find the Answer Here

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It’s java that jump-starts your day. It’s the elixir of work. It’s coffee, the beverage enjoyed daily by an estimated 62 percent of all Americans, according to the National Coffee Association. For many, coffee is the rocket fuel that transforms us from sleepwalkers into go-getters, from lethargic to lively. But  … Read More

HPV-Related Throat Cancer on the Rise Among Men

HPV-Related Throat Cancer on the Rise Among Men

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Smoking, drinking alcohol, and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) all can increase your risk of throat cancer, but genital human papillomavirus (HPV) has become a leading cause of oropharyngeal cancers in the United States. In fact, some 9,000 people are diagnosed each year with throat cancer that may be caused by  … Read More

Take Unintentional Weight Loss Seriously

Take Unintentional Weight Loss Seriously

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Unintentional weight loss occurs in 15 percent to 20 percent of older adults, says the American Association of Family Practitioners (AAFP). It’s also associated with increased morbidity and mortality. That’s one out of every five seniors experiencing unintentional weight loss that can directly affect their longevity.

It’s especially sobering  … Read More

Pancreatic Cancer Causes: What You Can Do to Reduce Your Risk

Pancreatic Cancer Causes: What You Can Do to Reduce Your Risk

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Patrick Swayze. Steve Jobs. Luciano Pavarotti. Michael Landon. They’re just a few of the public figures who have succumbed to pancreatic cancer. In the vast majority of people it touches—rich or poor, famous or anonymous—pancreatic cancer causes death. In fact, while mortality rates for many other cancers are declining, deaths  … Read More

Is Skin Cancer Itchy?

Is Skin Cancer Itchy?

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Is skin cancer itchy? The easy answer to this question is, “No, itchy skin by itself is not likely to be a symptom of skin cancer,” but it’s important to look beyond the easiest answer.

Each type of cancer has its own set of symptoms, and there is some overlap among  … Read More



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