A disease that we have known about for more than 100 years still defies proper description and a consensus on how to tackle it.
There is strong evidence that cannabis is useful for treating a range of conditions. Legalising small-scale cultivation is a start to helping those in need.
The earliest hominin cancer.
Patrick Randolph-Quinney (University of Central Lancashire/University of the Witwatersrand)
Cancer is not the modern disease many believe it to be. New fossil evidence from two South African caves suggests that its origins lie deep in prehistory.
Age-adjusted brain cancer rates have flatlined over nearly 30 years.
In May this year, I led a paper published in [Cancer Epidemiology](http://www.cancerepidemiology.net/article/S1877-7821(16)30050-9/abstract), which looked at the incidence of brain cancer in Australia…
One in ten cancer patients can expect to face fertility issues after their treatment.
One in ten cancer patients will face fertility issues after treatment, but less than 50% are given options to preserve fertility. And those who are offered options can face significant cost barriers.
Meet Toxoplasma gondii.
Ke Hu and John M. Murray/wikimedia
Scientists are making the terrifying useful.
A Malawian woman carries a bag of maize meal.
Reuters/ Mike Hutchings
Many people in a large number of low and middle income countries now experience a 'double burden' of malnutrition.
Needle match. tension in the court room can push parents away.
AVN Photo Lab/Shutterstock
Harsh tales of mothers and fathers thrust into the court system as they seek the best treatment for a sick child are a warning.
People should not interpret the study as saying that every woman who has been overweight for some time in her life will develop cancer at some point.
UConn Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity
A longitudinal study featuring nearly 74,000 US women has found that the longer a woman has been overweight or obese during her adult life, the higher her risk of developing cancer.
Though commonly associated with food poisoning, the strain of salmonella used is a benign variety.
What started with a study of diseases transmitted by mosquitos, could end with a new way of treating cancer.
Computer-aided decision-making has been shown to help in clinical contexts. But winning over doctors and patients is a different matter.
Volume rendered image of the external morphology of the foot bone shows the extent of expansion of the primary bone cancer beyond the surface of the bone.
Patrick Randolph-Quinney (UCLAN)
Cancer is a deadly disease and would have been particularly lethal before the recent development of effective treatments. So why didn’t it – or our susceptibility to it – die out long ago?
Chemicals that form in cooked food have been linked to cancer – but the full picture is more complicated.
Cancer’s development and progression represent an evolutionary process.
Humans can more easily tolerate tumours in large or paired organs than in small, critical ones. This could be why the latter have evolved more cancer-fighting mechanisms.
Time to hang up?
The evidence appears contradictory – but there may be a good reason for this.
Few people know what fatty acids are, which ones are harmful or beneficial, and how to identify them.
Despite the increase in cardiovascular disease in the developing world, not enough is being been done to improve public awareness of the benefits and harms of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ fatty acids.
Some cancer patients at St Vincent’s hospital were treated with off-protocol doses of a chemotherapy drug.
There is actually no existing evidence to show that a flat dose of 100mg of carboplatin provides inferior outcomes.
Death rates from childhood cancer in Australia have fallen sharply.
Childhood deaths from cancer have decreased by nearly 40% in the past 15 years in Australia. But some types of childhood cancer have shown little improvement.
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.