A recent report (Cancer, July 1) suggests that overall U.S. cancer death rates are decreasing, although progress in reducing mortality has not occurred for all cancers. Where improvement has occurred, it is likely due to improved methods of detecting and treating cancer. When it comes to the latter, radiation therapy,
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Once you’ve received the sobering news that you’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer, the next step is to discuss a personalized breast cancer treatment plan with your medical team. Your doctor’s recommendations will involve many factors, including your age, medical history, the type, location, and size of the cancer, and
As you have learned in this report, prostate disease and treatments for prostate disease can cause troublesome symptoms, the most common of which are erectile dysfunction (ED) and urinary problems, including incontinence. These symptoms are not only inconvenient and unpleasant but they can also significantly interfere with everyday life and
Q: Is gout hereditary? My father and several other relatives have gout, and I am hoping that my family history doesn’t raise my risk.
A: If other members of your family have had gout, you’re more likely to develop the disease. Researchers have identified several genes associated with gout, but it’s
Nearly half of all Americans who live to the age of 65 will develop some type of skin cancer. Almost all of them, if diagnosed and treated early, will be cured. If not, all three types of skin cancer—melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma—can be disfiguring and/or deadly.
In their quest to gain a better understanding of what causes breast cancer, researchers have identified several risk factors, including getting older, early menstruation (before age 12) and/or late menopause (after age 55), family or personal history of breast cancer, mutations in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes, having dense breasts,
Millions of Americans are diagnosed with some form of cancer every year, and many rely on chemotherapy to fight it. Chemotherapy involves the use of strong medications to kill cancer cells, slow the cancer’s growth, and/or keep the cancer from spreading. Chemotherapy is frequently used in conjunction with surgery or
Forget using the hair you see in your hairbrush or bathroom sink as a gauge of thinning hair. It’s normal to lose 50 to 100 strands of hair a day, says the American Academy of Dermatology Association (AADA). What makes thinning hair diagnosable is evidence of bald patches and sections
Each year, one in six Americans gets sick from eating contaminated food. In the spring of 2018, people across the United States and Canada began falling ill with common food poisoning symptoms: diarrhea, stomach pains, nausea, and vomiting. In the following months, nearly 200 people became ill, and five people
What is osteosarcoma? It’s a cancer of the bones—one of the few cancers, in fact, that actually starts in the bones, as opposed to spreading (metastasizing) to the bones from elsewhere in the body. Once osteosarcoma develops, it can spread to nearby muscles. Osteosarcoma, also known as bone sarcoma, can