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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).

Legislation aims to help firefighters in the face of higher cancer risk


Running into a burning building isn’t the only major threat firefighters face. Men and women on the frontlines of America’s fire-protection forces are diagnosed with cancer at a much higher rate than the general population because of the toxins they're exposed to on the job, according to a major study by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

Know your prostate cancer options


Nearly 181,000 men in the United States will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year, according to the American Cancer Society. When the disease is caught and treated early, it has high survival rates. That means that, for many men with prostate cancer, selecting a treatment is less about choosing a lifesaving option and more about protecting their quality of life after treatment.