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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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Can Rick Simpson oil help treat cancer?

June 29, 2019 - 05:00
Rick Simpson oil is a cannabis extract with high levels of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC. Some people claim that this oil can help treat cancer. Although there is little to no evidence to suggest that it can cure cancer directly, it may have some use as a complementary treatment. Learn more here.

Is a diabetes drug the key to aggressive breast cancer?

June 28, 2019 - 14:00
The blood sugar-lowering drug metformin changes how cancer stem cells use and metabolize energy, making them more vulnerable to a new treatment.

Should I worry about breast calcifications?

June 28, 2019 - 01:00
Breast calcifications are small deposits of calcium that can appear in the breast tissue. These are visible on mammograms and most are typically benign. Some forms, however, may indicate a form of cancer. Learn more about why they form and what happens if they appear on an X-ray.

What to know about modified radical mastectomy

June 27, 2019 - 00:00
A modified radical mastectomy is a less intensive surgery to treat breast cancer than a radical mastectomy. Here, we give an overview, including what the operation is, what to expect, and recovery.

Intermittent fasting: How I got started

June 21, 2019 - 15:00
Accompany our Research Editor as she recalls the highs and lows of her first month of reducing her calories to 800 on 2 days per week.

Study ties unhealthy gums to liver cancer risk

June 20, 2019 - 16:00
A large study finds that people with unhealthy gums and teeth have a higher risk of liver cancer, which kills nearly 32,000 people per year in the U.S.

Why do women face higher heart disease risk after breast cancer?

June 20, 2019 - 15:00
New research confirms that women who have undergone breast cancer therapy are more at risk of cardiovascular disease, and it also shows why this may be.

Colon cancer: Could yogurt prevent precancerous growths?

June 20, 2019 - 07:00
A new study has found that men who eat yogurt regularly have a lower risk of abnormal growths in the bowel, or adenomas, which can precede colon cancer.

How vitamin D helps fight treatment-resistant cancer

June 19, 2019 - 16:00
Two active forms of vitamin D can kill treatment-resistant cancer cells by blocking a way that the cells pump out chemotherapy drugs, a new study shows.

Are dogs better at detecting cancer 'than advanced technology?'

June 19, 2019 - 10:00
In a new study, beagles were able to detect the presence of cancer with extremely high accuracy. Could their 'sniff skills' lead to novel screening tests?

Is decaf coffee harmful to health?

June 18, 2019 - 21:00
Decaffeinated coffee, or decaf, is similar to regular coffee but contains very little caffeine. Research suggests that drinking decaf is not harmful and may share some of the health benefits of regular coffee. Learn more here.

Scientists synthesize anticancer drug in 'landmark discovery'

June 18, 2019 - 10:00
In a 'landmark in drug discovery,' researchers achieved, for the first time, the total synthesis of a potent anticancer compound called halichondrin.

Cancer: New compound boosts chemo, prevents treatment resistance

June 9, 2019 - 10:00
A new study in mice finds a compound that boosts the effectiveness of the chemotherapy drug cisplatin and stops cancer cells from becoming resistant to it.

New report shows overall cancer mortality on the decline

June 9, 2019 - 07:00
A joint effort among various governmental bodies, the new 'Annual Report to the Nation' offers fresh insights on cancer incidence and mortality.

Vitamin D may prolong life in people with cancer

June 7, 2019 - 15:00
Taking vitamin D supplements does not cut cancer risk but may prolong life once cancer develops, according to an analysis of trials covering 79,055 people.

High-salt diet blocks tumor growth in mice

June 7, 2019 - 10:00
New research in mice suggests that a high intake of dietary salt triggers the immune system in a way that enables it to fight off tumors.

What to know about liver metastases

June 4, 2019 - 22:00
Liver metastases occur when cancer spreads to the liver from another part of the body. Diagnosis may involve ultrasound. Prognosis depends on how far the cancer has spread. Learn more about liver metastases here.

What can cause lower back and testicle pain?

June 4, 2019 - 20:00
Lower back and testicle pain can indicate an underlying condition that requires medical attention. Possible causes include kidney stones, urinary tract infections (UTIs), and spinal problems. Learn more about the possible causes and when to see a doctor here.

Is leukemia hereditary?

May 31, 2019 - 00:00
Leukemia is a genetic condition, but in most cases, it is not hereditary. In this article, we explore the links between leukemia and family history, genetics, and lifestyle and environmental factors.

Cancer: Proton therapy has fewer side effects than X-ray radiation

May 29, 2019 - 07:00
A first-of-its-kind study compares the cure rates and side effects of proton therapy and X-ray radiation for people with various forms of cancer.