Dr. Richard Schlegel and postdoctoral fellow Nancy Palechor-Ceron use a microscope to look at human epithelial cells growing on mouse fibroblasts at Georgetown University Medical Center. Lauren Wolkoff/Georgetown University hide caption

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David Goldhill (second from left) talks with Dan Hilferty of Independence Blue Cross, Kevin Nazemi of Oscar Insurance and Sam Nussbaum of WellPoint in a conversation about health costs. Moderator Avik Roy is at far left. Glen Davis/Forbes hide caption

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Radiation therapy is effective in treating breast cancer but typically requires dozens of visits over five to seven weeks. A newer protocol takes just three weeks. Antonia Reeve/Science Source hide caption

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Georgetown's Robert Clark says it's very difficult to say precisely how many experiments have been spoiled by contaminated cell lines. Phil Humnicky/Courtesy of Georgetown University hide caption

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Brazil's Christ the Redeemer statue is lit up in pink as part of a campaign for breast cancer awareness. The country's survival rate for the disease is improving. Felipe Dana/AP hide caption

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Emily Whittington, a radiation therapist at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, pulls down a mask intended to guide radiation beams into patients with head and neck cancer. Emily Siner/NPR hide caption

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Proton beam therapy can precisely target tumors to avoid harming surrounding tissue, advocates say. Blythe Bernhard/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/MCT/Landov hide caption

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Defensive tackle Devon Still says that being on the Cincinnati Bengals' practice squad will let him keep his insurance — and to stay close to his daughter, who's battling cancer. Christian Petersen/Getty Images hide caption

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First-year medical student Michelle Gentile assists her classmate Abbie Harts as she performs a pelvic exam on a volunteer at Northwestern University. Joshua Lott/Reuters /Landov hide caption

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