More women are choosing double mastectomy even if they don't have a high cancer risk.
May 21, 2014 More than two-thirds of women who had a double mastectomy after a cancer diagnosis didn't have the high risk that could be reduced by the surgery, a study finds.
Two cervical cancer cells divide in this image from a scanning electron microscope.
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May 21, 2014 The recent FDA approval of an HPV test to screen for cervical cancer has ignited debate among doctors. Some say the viral test will catch cancers earlier. Others warn it increases needless biopsies.
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Human cervical cancer cells in a fluorescence micrograph.
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May 12, 2014 Cervical cancer screening often isn't recommended for women after age 65, but that may be when they're most vulnerable, a study finds. African-American women face a particularly high risk.
Elizabeth, Samuel, Bryan and Noah Shaw amid Texas bluebonnets on Easter Sunday. Samuel was conceived with in vitro fertilization so he would not suffer from the hereditary cancer that afflicted Noah.
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May 7, 2014 Noah Shaw was diagnosed with a potentially fatal cancer when he was just 4 months old. That didn't shake his father's faith in God. But it did drive him to try to invent an early cancer test.
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Noah Shaw, now 5, shows off his Texas roots at a recent birthday party.
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May 6, 2014 The parents of a young boy made a terrible discovery while looking through photographs they had taken of him as a baby. They noticed a white dot where a black pupil should have been.
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Women who had chemotherapy were more likely to lose their jobs, a survey finds.
April 30, 2014 Four years after women with jobs were diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer, nearly one-third were unemployed. But it's not clear how much of that was due to illness or to a sour economy.
Can these cartoon pals help reduce the stigma of cancer treatment for children?
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April 24, 2014 Kids don't want to look different, especially if the reason they look different is because they've lost their hair to chemotherapy. If Hello Kitty's gone bald, too, maybe it won't feel so bad.
TV host Samantha Harris says she will have a double mastectomy after being diagnosed with breast cancer. But the surgery doesn't eliminate cancer risk.
April 9, 2014 More and more women are deciding to have double mastectomies when they are diagnosed with breast cancer. TV host Samantha Harris is just the latest. But it's not the right choice for everyone.
A recent study reported that poor dental hygiene and excessive use of mouthwash containing alcohol could increase the risk of oral cancer.
April 8, 2014 Freshening up your mouth with a regular rinse could come with a long-term health hazard. But cancer specialists are far more concerned about tobacco, alcohol and betel nut chewing.
April 7, 2014 Patients undergoing chemotherapy need to eat to stay strong. But the drugs can cause nausea and damage taste buds. New flavors and spices can help a lot, a chef says.
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They're probably not thinking about breast cancer risk right now.
March 25, 2014 College students tune out warnings about the risks of heavy drinking. Pointing out that drinking increases the risk of cancer may help, researchers say. But will that matter on Saturday night?
Younger women are most likely to go to the doctor with a headache.
March 18, 2014 In 2010, 15 percent of people who went to the doctor for a headache got a brain scan, even though the vast majority of headaches aren't symptoms of something seriously wrong.
March 6, 2014 Many members of the 13.7 community have asked for news of blogger Barbara J. King's health. The news is here and it is good!
Chemotherapy is administered to a patient at Duke Cancer Center in Durham, N.C.
March 4, 2014 No one wants to die in the hospital, hooked to a ventilator. But undergoing chemotherapy just to ease symptoms or to buy a bit more time increases that likelihood for patients with terminal cancer.
Vitamin E for your heart? Don't bother, new guidelines say.
February 25, 2014 There was enough information for an influential panel of doctors, nurses and scientists to recommend against taking the antioxidants vitamin E and beta carotene to prevent heart attacks and cancer.
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