Cancer cases are on the rise in many parts of the continent.
The rapid rise in cancer cases can be attributed to major societal and environmental changes that have occurred in the past few decades.
Cancer survivors are honored at a Relay for Life Event in Twinsburg, Ohio, in June 2009. Researchers found that many survivors do not like that label.
A recent study found that many people who have survived a cancer diagnosis do not like to be called ‘survivor.’ As World Cancer Day is observed on Feb. 4, their wishes are something to think about.
Narratives about health can help change behavior.
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When it comes to knowledge about cancer, our research has suggested narratives and stories are effective in both communicating health information and even encouraging people to be screened.
Cigarette smoke is a known carcinogen.
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The first step in discovering whether something is a carcinogen is epidemiology.
There are genetic difference within and between tumors.
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Not only are tumors are different from one another, but there can even be genetic differences within a single tumor.
An oral squamous cancer cell (white) being attacked by two T cells (red), part of a natural immune response.
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Armed with new insights into the interactions between cancer and the immune system, research teams are developing novel treatments to harness the full potential of the body’s natural defenses.
Former President Jimmy Carter in Aug., 2015 at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, Ga. Carter was undergoing treatment for advanced melanoma at the time. Via AP.
Melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, can usually be cured when caught early. When it has spread, however, it becomes a challenge. Recent findings are bringing hope. Here are a few examples.
Girl receiving an HPV vaccine shot.
A vaccine to prevent cancer was long a dream for those who treat the disease. But fewer than half of all girls and even fewer boys have been vaccinated. Cancer specialists hope this will soon change.
The author, center, and Dr. Anna Conti, left, and student Kelsey Parrish with Conti’s Basset hound, Picasso, who had surgery for cancer. Via Colorado State University.
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Dogs are great companions, and they also are proving to be great research subjects for cancer. Here’s how our canine friends are pointing to possible treatments in human cancer.
The old suffer more than they should.
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In 1971 Richard Nixon declared “War on Cancer” with the signing of the National Cancer Act. Significant progress has been made in the intervening 44 years – and Europe has been at the forefront of many…