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Pelvic pain and ovarian cysts: Do they mean cancer?


While pain is a common symptom of a woman’s period, it might seem uncommon if you’re having persistent pelvic pain. It might come every month for a few months, then stop. Or you might feel it randomly throughout the month, with no association with your period at all.

In this age of self-diagnosis, pelvic pain is just a Google search away from a cancer diagnosis.

Fertility preservation for people with cancer who want kids


Being told you have cancer and that it may affect your fertility can be devastating for people who haven’t started a family. Fortunately, the dream of having a child may be possible, thanks to continuing advances in fertility preservation. During Infertility Awareness Week, we explore the challenges people with cancer who want kids are facing, as well as the potential options available to them.

The danger of comparison: Positive ways to manage your cancer journey


When you’re diagnosed with cancer, it can feel good to share your experience with other patients, especially if they have the same cancer and stage as you. Relating is important, but it can lead to comparison.

Joanna Montgomery, a survivor of fallopian tube cancer, wrote a column in The Huffington Post about the dangers of comparing your cancer journey with another person’s. She writes:

Music plays a role in cancer coping skills, study finds



Video: Music Therapy for Cancer Patients

Music Therapy for Cancer Patients

Music plays many roles for people throughout their lives. It can recall happy times, or be soothing during difficult times. A new study suggests that music has a powerful effect on a person’s ability to cope during cancer treatment.

Addressing health disparities in cancer


Cancer may be colorblind, but statistics show that minorities are most affected. Minorities not only have a higher risk of developing cancers such as prostate, colorectal and breast, but they are also more likely to die from the disease.

For National Minority Cancer Awareness Week, we’re exploring the issue and providing resources for low- or no-cost access to cancer screening exams.

GERD, heartburn can increase your risk for esophageal cancer


April is Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month and today we’re focusing on a common risk factor for the disease: gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), or chronic acid reflux. GERD occurs when acid from the stomach splashes up into the esophagus. The acid irritates the lining of the esophagus, causing inflammation and symptoms such as heartburn, chest pain, regurgitation, sore throat or hoarseness, dry cough, persistent hiccups and trouble swallowing.

Drinking green tea to prevent cancer? Studies are mixed


On any given day, 160 million of us fill our mugs with hot tea or pair our meals with a glass of iced tea. Half of all Americans are drinking tea, fueling its growing popularity as researchers find it may help prevent disease—including cancer.

Most studies exploring the link between tea and cancer prevention focus on green tea, which comes from the Camellia sinesis plant, the same one as the more popular black tea used for iced tea. 

Testicular Cancer Awareness Month: What young men need to know about the disease


Cancer is often thought of as an older person’s disease. However, testicular cancer is the most common cancer in American men between the ages of 15 and 34, and 90 percent of cases occur in men under the age of 54.

Young people aren’t typically thinking about cancer, so it’s important to be aware of the symptoms. Testicular cancer can occur in both testicles, but typically it develops in one.

Increase in oral cancers linked to HPV


Human papillomavirus (HPV) is known for causing cervical cancer, but in recent years it’s the association between this common sexually transmitted infection and oropharyngeal cancer that has made headlines.

For Oral Cancer Awareness Month this month, we decided to explore the link between HPV and cancers of the oropharynx, the middle part of the throat including the soft palate, the base of the tongue and the tonsils.

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