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11/2/2017 12:00 AM

Screening for lung cancer like we do for colon and breast cancer? The time has come

November’s designation as National Lung Cancer Awareness Month offers a timely opportunity to continue a national conversation about the need for early detection and screening.

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10/19/2017 12:00 AM

How does the immune system work? When it comes to cancer, it's complicated

The immune system is a complex apparatus that both protects the body and, in some cases, helps cancer destroy it.

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9/28/2017 12:00 AM

Study finds black men with prostate cancer are less likely to get proper treatment

Prostate cancer is not an equal opportunity disease. Black men in the United States have substantially higher prostate cancer incidence and mortality rates than the general population. They are also more likely to be diagnosed with an aggressive form of the disease—which is typically treated with surgery and radiation therapy. Yet, black men are less likely than white patients to seek treatment, and when they do, their doctors are more likely to recommend a watch-and-wait approach over surgery or radiation therapy, according to recent research.

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9/7/2017 12:00 AM

What's the difference? Endometrial cancer and uterine sarcoma

Gynecologic cancers do not get the kind of public attention other cancer types do. September is Gynecologic Cancer Month, but you’re unlikely to see many purple ribbons, fundraisers or walks to raise awareness for the cause. Compared to breast cancer and its pink takeover during its awareness month in October, gynecologic cancers—cervical, ovarian, uterine (endometrial), vaginal and vulvar— are much lesser known.

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7/11/2017 12:00 AM

What's the difference in skin cells? Melanocytes and basal, squamous and Merkel cells

The skin is the body's largest organ, and like other organs, it can develop cancers. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. But treatments and prognoses vary greatly, depending on the affected cells. Learn more

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7/6/2017 12:00 AM

What is HER2-positive breast cancer?

HER2 is a gene found in healthy cells, but when it mutates, the body makes too many HER2 proteins, which may lead to breast cancer. Understanding the chemical and genetic makeup of your cancer, including whether it’s HER-2 positive, may help doctors recommend a specific treatment and predict how likely the tumor will respond.

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6/29/2017 12:00 AM

Is there such a thing as a safe suntan?

Is there a way to safely tan your skin without exposing it to the damage that may lead to skin cancer?

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Breast Cancer

6/13/2017 12:00 AM

What are the signs of breast cancer?

Breast cancer is one disease that often causes a variety of more obvious signs and symptoms that may alert you to a potential concern to share with your doctor. Since early detection is key, doctors recommend that women know what these symptoms are, and learn how to spot them.

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6/1/2017 12:00 AM

What does a BRCA gene mutation mean for men?

With all the awareness around breast cancer these days, lots of attention has been focused on the risks posed by BRCA gene mutations. But many people mistakenly believe that BRCA is only a concern for women, even though men are just as likely as women to have a BRCA mutation.

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