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What's the difference? Genetics vs genomics


Although commonly used interchangeably, the terms “genetics” and “genomics” are not synonyms. Both involve the study of genetic material and both are derived from the Greek word gen, which means birth or origin. But the similarities largely end there.

Preventive tools for women at high risk for breast cancer


Some women are more prone to getting breast cancer than others. Knowing your risk may prove empowering, especially at a time when prevention efforts are growing in both importance and availability. With today’s focus on preventing cancer when possible, some medical leaders are designing programs specifically to identify high-risk women and help them avoid becoming the one in eight women who will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.

Fatigue: A common complaint among cancer patients


When you’re healthy and having trouble keeping your eyes open in a mid-afternoon meeting, getting an extra hour or two of sleep may be all it takes to renew your energy. When you have cancer, though, rest often isn’t enough. Even after a few nights of extra sleep, many cancer patients still feel tired and unable to complete normal, everyday activities.

Colorectal cancer rates rising sharply in younger people


Cancer—especially colon cancer—is a disease normally associated with older people. But a recent study, published last month in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, found a surprising trend: a sharp rise in colorectal cancers in adults as young as 20- and 30-something. Compared to people born around 1950 and earlier, millennials and Generation Xers have double the incidence rates of colon cancer and quadruple the rate of rectal cancer, according to the new findings.

Cancer-related depression: What is it and what can you do about it?


Depression may be hard to spot. In fact, it may look a lot like the sadness, fear and anxiety you’d expect to accompany a cancer diagnosis. If you keep canceling on that friend who wants to meet for dinner, though, or you find it harder and harder to get out of bed in the morning, you may be suffering from something more serious than sadness. It may be cancer-related depression, which affects one in four cancer patients.

Eating lots of grilled meats may affect the chances of surviving breast cancer, study suggests


The sound of meat or poultry as it sizzles on the grill may make your mouth water. The rich, smoky aroma overwhelms your senses as you await that flavorful first bite. While eating meat fresh off the grill may sound delicious, a recent study suggests breast cancer survivors may want to avoid large amounts of grilled, barbecued or smoked meats because of the potential health risks.