Cancer patient in Ghana.
Infectious diseases have plagued Africa for decades. Now, Africa faces the threat of a cancer pandemic -- with a shortage of equipment, doctors and money to treat it.
Some bacteria can to survive inside the oxygen-deprived environment of a tumour.
Scientists are working on a new method to cure cancer and have shown they can genetically program certain bacteria to invade the tumour cells of cancerous mice.
CT scans are expensive and carry their own risks, so a GP won’t send you for one without good reason.
A new research paper has found some cancers aren't picked up by GPs in the first or second appointments, but it's because cancer is usually an unlikely explanation for a patient's symptoms.
Unhealthy lifestyles lead to chronic diseases later in life.
Almost three in four Australian children consume too much sugar, 91.5% of young people don't get enough exercise, and we're among the most obese people in the world.
Glioblastomas are often resistant to the one type of drug that breaks the blood-brain barrier.
Glioblastoma is an aggressive form of brain cancer that has a very poor prognosis. Despite the current best therapies half its sufferers survive for 15 months and less than 5% are alive after 5 years.
For a parent, talking to children about their cancer may be the only thing more difficult than facing their own diagnosis.
Young people whose parents have cancer report levels of psychological distress that are three to six times higher than others their age.
CT scans deliver a hefty dose of ionising radiation. But the benefits outweigh the risks – most of the time.
Whether or not coffee causes cancer has been under question since 1991.
Scalding injury to body tissue is not known to cause cancer. But experimental data suggest cancer may arise when injured tissue then comes into contact with carcinogens.
Where’s it gone?
A few cancers vanish without any medical treatment. Researchers are studying these 'spontaneous regressions' to see if they can lead to new cancer treatments.
California is the fifth state to legalize aid in dying.
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Why have Americans become more receptive to aid in dying, a practice that was rejected throughout the United States until Oregon changed course in 1997?
The bacteria in your gut aren't always friendly. Luckily, there are a number of ways to beat the bugs associated with bowel cancer.
Age-standardised cancer death rates have been falling in Australia.
Currently, seven cancer types are listed in the top 20 causes of death in Australia. These are cancers of the lung, blood and lymph, bowel, prostate, breast, pancreas, skin and some childhood cancers.
Dividing breast cancer cell.
Understanding how cell signalling goes wrong could lead to the development of precision cancer treatments.
There is still no firm evidence that mobile phones cause cancer.
Don't throw away your phone quite yet. There are a lot of unanswered questions surrounding the latest study that found a connection between mobile phones and cancer.
Why we must work out why some people respond exceptionally well to cancer treatments.
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Some patients respond miraculously well to cancer treatment. It is high time we try to understand why.
The sugar content of your favourite snacks might surprise you.
If you're an average-sized adult eating and drinking enough to maintain a healthy body weight, you should consume no more than 12 teaspoons of sugar per day.
These tiny implants can attract and capture cancer cells.
Joseph Xu, Michigan Engineering
A 'cure' for cancer is elusive, but scientists are working on ways to detect -- and even prevent -- cancer cells from spreading through the body.
Non-communicable diseases are skyrocketing in Kenya and Uganda. Though the countries’ governments have a responsibility to tackle the problem, individuals need to take action too.
Radiation exposure as a child can increase cancer risk later in life. But by how much?
Chernobyl is already responsible for up to 5,000 cases of cancer in Europe.
After one reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant caught fire and exploded in 1986, the whole site was encased in a concrete sarcophagus.
The meltdown at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in 1986 exposed 572 million people to radiation. No other nuclear accident holds a candle to that level of public health impact.