Oral HPV infections are on the rise. Brushing and flossing well wouldn't hurt.
August 21, 2013 People with poor oral health are more likely to have an oral infection with human papillomavirus. Even after the researchers factored in risks from smoking and oral sex, poor oral hygiene appeared to be an important factor.
Almost one-third of white high school girls say they seek out indoor tans.
August 21, 2013 Dermatologists say it's a lot easier to manage the skin cancer risk to young people from indoor tanning than it is to ban the sun. But the indoor tanning industry says doctors should be more focused on skin cancer in older folks.
August 7, 2013 Sometimes the condition a doctor labels as cancer isn't much of a health threat. Some cancer specialists are now looking at whether it's time to rethink what gets called cancer to lower anxiety and cut waste.
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Sally O'Neill decided to have a double mastectomy rather than "do a wait-and-see."
August 5, 2013 The question of how to treat ductal carcinoma in situ is roiling the medical profession, and making for tough choices for women. The condition may never become invasive cancer. But some women choose to have mastectomies rather than live with uncertainty.
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Laura Molina, 9, shows the mask she created expressing the feeling of "sadness." Her mother is being treated for breast cancer at the Lyndon B. Johnson public hospital in Houston.
July 30, 2013 When a parent finds out he or she has cancer, one of the most difficult conversations to have may be with the children. Two programs in Houston teach children and parents how to deal with the emotions that arise throughout the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.
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Some images of lung cancer are clear cut. But in many others, a nodule on the screen turns out not to be cancer at all.
July 29, 2013 Most people get diagnosed with lung cancer when it's too late to effectively treat it. A federal panel is trying to improve the odds by saying that longtime smokers and former smokers should get annual CT scans to check for lung cancer.
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July 25, 2013 It's a popular idea, that there's a gift embedded in a diagnosis of cancer. Commentator and cancer patient Barbara J. King considers — and rejects — this notion, finding resonance instead in the words of two other women with cancer.
Vaccines against the HPV virus are already used to prevent cervical and anal cancer.
July 19, 2013 One study finds that women who have been vaccinated against HPV are much less likely to have throat infections with the virus. Since the vaccine helps reduce risk of some cancers, scientists think it might turn out to be effective against throat cancers, too.
Chemistry, genetics and computing give us clues to understand cancer cells.
July 16, 2013 Geneticists, pharmacologist and mathematicians combine their powers to answer one of the most vexing questions in modern oncology: Why don't anti-cancer drugs always work?
July 3, 2013 In 2011, California listed 4-MEI, the chemical that Coke and Pepsi used to obtain caramel coloring for their colas, as a carcinogen. Both sodas have been reformulated for sale in the state — but tests show 4-MEI is still common in Pepsi colas sold elsewhere.
A 13-year-old girl gets an HPV vaccination from Judith Schaechter, a pediatrician at the University of Miami, in 2011.
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June 19, 2013 A vaccine against a virus that causes cervical cancer has cut infections among teenage girls by over half in the first four years of use, scientists report. Only about one-third of girls in that age group have received the recommended shots.
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Marc Silver and his daughter Maya wrote a book about how teens deal with a parent sick with cancer.
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June 16, 2013 Teens who've lost a dad to cancer are a lonely bunch on Father's Day. But when some of these teenagers bare their souls, it turns out they have learned lessons that make them wise beyond their years.
June 13, 2013 Instead of waiting for individual hospitals to apply to build proton centers, a health planning council solicited proposals, promising to favor collaborative approaches. A five-hospital group that teamed with a private company got the go-ahead to build in New York City.
Use of CT scans has doubled for children under five and tripled for older children.
June 11, 2013 Children are getting too many CT scans, a study says, and that's boosting their risk of cancer later on. Parents can ask for alternatives like ultrasound and MRI or ask for CT scans that use less radiation.
May 31, 2013 The green light comes despite questions about whether the proton beam treatment is more effective than less expensive options. The two centers, about three miles apart, will compete for patients in the Washington area.
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