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Weightlifter uses strength for bigger fight


Karyn Marshall is a chiropractor and pioneering woman's weightlifter, the first woman to lift more than 300 pounds in competition and holder of 60 world and national titles during her Hall of Fame career. Her accomplishments even won her a place in the Guinness Book of World Records.

Study confirms alcohol consumption raises cancer risk


If you ever worried about whether your alcohol intake puts you at a higher risk of cancer, a new analysis showing a direct link between alcohol and seven types of cancer may have you reconsidering that next beer. The study, published in the scientific journal Addiction, reaches a sobering conclusion: There is now enough credible evidence to suggest that drinking alcoholic beverages increases the risk for many cancers, including breast, colorectal and liver cancers.

Cancer recovery: Survivors' tips on navigating the cancer journey


Going through cancer treatment is an individual experience. It varies based on a person’s needs, cancer type and other factors. But similarities do exist—such as the type of side effects that come with certain treatments or how cancer can affect a relationship. With that in mind, we asked patients who have taken the journey to recovery to tell us about some insights they found and the strategies they used. Here are four lessons they shared.

Getting back to work after cancer treatment


If you are thinking about returning to work after cancer treatment, you aren’t alone. Over 70 percent of Americans go back to their job after they’ve completed treatment. Sometimes, cancer patients make the decision because of income or health insurance needs. Others are looking for a sense of normalcy and routine. With the proper planning, returning to work doesn’t have to be a difficult transition.

Cancer: When good cells go bad


We have cells from the hair on our heads to the nails on our toes: skin cells, blood cells, nerve cells—about 200 types in all. Cells form our muscles and bones. They help us turn food and oxygen into energy. They heal our wounds and keep us well. Like good soldiers, cells perform their vitals duties with strict protocols and in amazing order.

Fighting cancer when you're under 40


A cancer diagnosis can be difficult for anyone, but it may be particularly devastating for adults under the age of 40. “Typically, adults in their 20s and 30s are shocked to learn they have cancer—they’re young and healthy and assume cancer is something that happens to someone much older,” says Katherine Puckett, Ph.D., Chief of the Division of Mind-Body Medicine at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA).