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A young breast-cancer patient in her home. Fototip/Shutterstock

Is cancer just a question of ‘bad luck’?

Two US researchers have traced the majority of cancers to DNA replication errors during our natural cell replacement. Their finding asks for a renewed inquiry into the role of "chance" in cancer.
Stem cells have saved thousands of lives thanks to their applications in cancer treatments. Many other uses peddled by private clinics are without evidence. from www.shutterstock.com

Private clinics’ peddling of unproven stem cell treatments is unsafe and unethical

Stem cell science continues to offer great promise. But a growing number of clinics are selling treatments without evidence that what they offer is effective – or even safe.
The modern medical system is built on a one-on-one relationship between patient and physician. (AP Photo/Jeff Barnard, File)

Common courtesy can humanize cancer care

Cancer care is often impersonal, industrial and needlessly stressful. Allowing patients to witness personal introductions between their physicians would help ease their anxiety and build trust.
The highest incidence rates by state for the major cancers for men and women are in Queensland. AAP Image/Julian Smith

New maps reveal cancer levels across Australia, and across the social strata

Public health experts traditionally expect that the poorer you are, the more likely you are to be unwell and die before your time. But newly available data on cancer rates show that's not always true.
Women with breast cancer face many treatment decisions on the path to survivorship. One question has been: Can they have fewer doses of radiation and still keep their risks for recurrence low?

Why treating breast cancer with less may be more

Women with breast cancer often have six weeks of radiation therapy after surgery to remove the cancer. A recent study suggests that shortening that time is not only effective but also cost-saving.
Scientists know that many toxins, such as those found in cigarettes, cause most lung cancers, whose cells are depicted here. But isolating causes for other cancers is an ongoing effort. Raj Creationzs/Shutterstock

Is the developed world we’ve created giving us cancer?

What causes cancer? A scary truth might be that we have created an environment for it. An anthropologist's search for answers to her own diagnosis raises questions for all of us.
Chemotherapy is the use of drugs to treat cancer. It is often paired with surgery, radiotherapy and immunotherapy in a cancer treatment plan. From Shutterstock,

Explainer: what is chemotherapy and how does it work?

Chemotherapy is the use of drugs to treat cancer. It is often paired with surgery, radiotherapy and immunotherapy in a cancer treatment plan.
Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia develops silently often with no symptoms, particularly in the early stages. shutterstock

Kenyan study shines new light on chronic myeloid leukaemia

One of the confirmed causes of Chronic myeloid leukaemia is contact with an atomic weapon or nuclear radiation. Other risks factors of this type of cancer are still being established.
Each person’s unique gut microbiota composition is in continuous communication with the immune system. from shutterstock.com

How our gut bacteria affect cancer risk and response to treatment

The composition of bacteria in our gut regulates our immune system. Modifying it - through poo transplants for example - can control cancer risk, as well as response to treatment.
Shifting your diet away from processed foods and towards fruits and vegetables can reduce symptoms of asthma. from www.shutterstock.com

Food as medicine: how what you eat shapes the health of your lungs

Upping your intake of vegetables and fruits can do more than just reduce your risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer – it could also help you breathe easier.

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