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Cancer is a condition where cells in a particular part of the body develop and reproduce uncontrollably. The cancerous cells can invade and destroy neighboring healthy tissue, including organs. There are over 200 various types of cancer, each with its method of diagnosis and treatment. In many cases, your symptoms will not be related to cancer and will be caused by other, non-cancerous health conditions.
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How should you prepare for a colonoscopy?

May 25, 2018 - 19:00
Preparation is important before a colonoscopy. Eating particular foods and stopping certain medications can help doctors to get as clear a view of the colon as possible. In this article, we look at the steps that people should take before having a colonoscopy, along with what to expect during the procedure.

Letter from the Editor: Onward and upward

May 25, 2018 - 15:00
In this month's letter, Managing Editor Honor Whiteman reveals what articles piqued your interest in May. And, of course, there is mention of a certain wedding.

Gut bacteria control cancer immunity in the liver

May 25, 2018 - 14:00
Scientists discover that a Clostridium gut microbe species blocks the liver's immune response to primary and metastatic tumors by altering bile acids.

Breast cancer: A low-fat diet may improve survivors' outlook

May 25, 2018 - 07:00
New research investigates whether following a low-fat diet after being diagnosed with breast cancer improves the patient's outcome.

Carcinogens in BBQ smoke absorbed more by skin than lungs

May 24, 2018 - 14:00
A new study examines how carcinogens enter our bodies when exposed to fumes from a barbecue. They find that more enter through our skin than our lungs.

What is the difference between a cyst and a tumor?

May 22, 2018 - 12:00
While cysts and tumors may look and feel similar, there are key differences. Hearing the word “tumor” may be frightening, but many tumors are benign, and while some cysts are harmless, others can cause problems. In this article, learn the difference between cysts and tumors. We also describe conditions that cause them.

Could Viagra and a flu shot kill cancer?

May 21, 2018 - 16:00
A Viagra, Cialis, and inactivated flu vaccine combination reduced cancer spread in a mouse model of post-surgery metastasis by helping the immune system.

Lung cancer destroyed with tea leaf nanoparticles

May 21, 2018 - 14:00
Researchers destroyed up to 80 percent of lung cancer cells using a type of nanoparticle called 'quantum dots,' which they derived from tea leaves.

Lowering cholesterol improves cancer-fighting immunotherapy

May 19, 2018 - 07:00
A recent study demonstrates that a certain type of cancer immunotherapy might be enhanced simply by reducing cholesterol levels in cells.

This 'metastasis-blocking' compound may stop the spread of cancer

May 18, 2018 - 16:00
A compound that targets a unique structure in cancer cell nuclei and has links to metastasis potential stopped cancer spread and extended survival in mice.

Do eyelashes grow back? What you need to know

May 18, 2018 - 12:00
Losing a few eyelashes from time to time is normal. However, sometimes a person loses many or all of their eyelashes, perhaps as a result of a burn, a medical therapy, or a health condition. In this article, learn how quickly the eyelashes grow back, as well as treatments and home remedies to help the process.

Why is lung cancer so difficult to treat?

May 17, 2018 - 16:00
Immunotherapies often fail to halt lung cancer's progression. A new study attempts to understand why this is and design a new way to attack it.

What could cause bone pain?

May 17, 2018 - 12:00
People may feel aches or pains in their bones for a variety of reasons. Many people worry when they experience bone pain because it can be a sign of bone cancer. For this reason, prompt diagnosis is essential. Learn more about bone pain symptoms, the signs of cancer, and when to see a doctor.

What is Demodex folliculorum?

May 17, 2018 - 10:00
Demodex folliculorum is a mite that lives on the face. For most people, their presence is harmless. However, in larger numbers, they can cause skin problems. This is more likely in people with certain skin conditions or weakened immune systems. We look at the causes, symptoms, and treatments of Demodex folliculorum.

Cancer: Does sex affect the outcome of immunotherapy?

May 17, 2018 - 07:00
Therapies that help the immune system to fight tumors have gained popularity over time. But are we leaving a key element — sex — out of clinical trials?

Could gut bacteria drive colon cancer?

May 16, 2018 - 14:00
Could gut bacteria impact the development of colon cancer by interacting with molecules that help to regulate gene expression? A recent study investigates.

Colorectal cancer: Some cells are 'born to be bad'

May 15, 2018 - 16:00
A small study finds that genetic signatures for cell migration and metastasis are already present in early malignant — but not benign — colorectal tumors.

Deadly brain cancer stopped with new compound

May 14, 2018 - 15:00
New research shows that using an experimental enzyme-blocker stops brain tumors from growing and limits the ability of human cancer cells to replicate.

Can women get prostate cancer?

May 14, 2018 - 11:00
Women do not have a prostate in the same way as men. They do, however, have Skene glands, often called the female prostate, which have many similarities to the prostate. Cancer of the female prostate is extremely rare. Find out about the functions of the Skene glands and learn more about female prostate cancer here.

What to know about multinodular goiter

May 13, 2018 - 10:00
A multinodular goiter is an enlarged thyroid gland with several nodules. It may not cause any symptoms, but a large goiter can cause difficulty breathing or swallowing or be related to hyperthyroidism. Learn more about the symptoms, causes, and treatments for multinodular goiter, and its relation to cancer here.