Mis. Cancer News

Cancer is a disease in which abnormal cells begin to grow, divide and spread within the body, causing a variety of complications over time. There are hundreds of types of cancer, affecting virtually every part of the body.

Cancer is one of the leading causes of death among Americans. However, the death rate from cancer has been steadily declining.

Types of Cancer

Of the many forms of cancer, some of the most common include sarcoma, carcinoma, leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma and central nervous system cancers. Carcinomas are tumors that grow in tissues that line internal organs, whereas sarcomas appear in fat, muscle, bone or other supportive tissues. Leukemia, lymphomas and myeloma all affect the blood and the immune system, and central nervous system cancers affect the brain and spinal cord.

Causes of Cancer

Cancer causes come in all shapes, sizes and varieties, and researchers are still learning about the true roots of many forms of cancer. In some instances, such as a strong family history of the disease, the cause of a form of cancer may be totally out of your control. But other risk factors, such as smoking or sun exposure, can be managed. Additional risk factors for cancer can include poor diet, alcohol consumption, other diseases leading to cancer and simply growing older.

Once cancer starts, it usually has a tendency to grow and spread throughout the body. This process is called metastasis. Regardless of where it spreads, however, the cancer is always named after the part of the body where the original cancerous cells or tumors grew.

Cancer Treatments

There are a variety of treatment possibilities for cancer. Often, the first step is surgery to remove the cancerous cells or tumor from the body. Typically, a form of therapy to kill cancer cells in surrounding tissue is also needed. This comes in the form of radiation therapy or chemotherapy. Biological therapy, hormone therapy, targeted therapy and stem cell transplantation are other forms of treatment that are sometimes used to treat cancer.

SOURCES: U.S. National Cancer Institute; American Cancer Society

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5/26/2017
Scientists Report Progress on Genetic Test for Anal Cancer

But research is still in early stages

5/24/2017
New Drug Approved for All Cancers With Genetic Marker

First medication sanctioned for any cancer, regardless of origin

5/24/2017
Blood Test for Pancreatic Cancer Shows Early Promise

Scientists aim for earlier detection, when tumors are treatable

5/24/2017
Thick Middle May Raise Risk of Some Cancers

Where fat is carried is as strong a predictor as BMI, research suggests

5/24/2017
FDA OKs First Cancer Drug by Genetic Type, Not Organ of Origin

Keytruda is targeted to specific cancers with specific DNA that can arise in multiple sites

5/23/2017
Suicide Risk Quadruples After Lung Cancer Diagnosis

Doctors, loved ones need to be on the lookout for distress and depression, cancer specialist says

5/23/2017
3 Key Lifestyle Factors Can Lower Breast Cancer Odds

Stay trim, exercise and cut back on drinking, review findings suggest

5/22/2017
Blacks More Prone to Colon Cancers That Arise Between Colonoscopies: Study

Differences in biology or in the quality of screenings blacks receive may be to blame, researchers say

5/22/2017
Could 'Safer' Filtered Cigarettes Be More Deadly?

New report suggests they're tied to rising rates of an aggressive lung cancer

5/19/2017
Overweight Boys Face Higher Colon Cancer Risk as Adults

But study also found that losing weight as young adults lowered those odds

5/19/2017
Could Cancer Drug Gleevec Help With Severe Asthma?

Small study suggests a new approach might one day help those with uncontrolled lung disease

5/19/2017
Yoga, Meditation May Ease Some Breast Cancer Symptoms

But study into alternative therapies didn't find evidence to support using dietary supplements

5/19/2017
1 in 5 U.S. Cancers Is 'Rare'

Little-known malignancies harder to diagnose and treat, study says

5/19/2017
Study Refutes Viagra-Melanoma Link

Data shows no connection between impotence drug and deadly skin cancer, after all

5/18/2017
Chemo Drug May Buy Time for Those With Bile Duct Cancer

For patients with the rare disease, survival benefit was seen in those given Xeloda, researchers say

5/18/2017
HPV Vaccine May Also Prevent Cancers Affecting Men

Study finds the cervical cancer vaccine cuts infection for viruses tied to oral, head and neck cancers

5/18/2017
More U.S. Women Living Longer With Advanced Breast Cancer

Better treatments, aging population may explain promising trend, researchers say

5/18/2017
Too Many Americans Still Go Without Cancer Screenings

Report shows uninsured had lowest rates of mammograms, Pap tests and colonoscopies

5/18/2017
More Cancers Caught Early Since Obamacare

Access to screening likely behind the boost, cancer experts say

5/17/2017
Nuts! Good Medicine for Colon Cancer Survivors?

Survival benefits seen when combined with healthy diet and exercise, researchers say

5/16/2017
Sunscreen 101

Study finds many people don't use it properly, raising their risk of skin cancer

5/15/2017
E-Cigarettes Linked to Bladder Cancer Risk

'Vaping' could lead to cancerous changes in cells that form the bladder lining, research indicates

5/12/2017
Could Tai Chi Ease Insomnia in Breast Cancer Survivors?

Study found it as effective as talk therapy for improving sleep and depression

5/10/2017
Hope for 1st Drug Against Lymphedema, a Cancer Complication

Mouse study offers clues to ease the painful, swollen limb condition

5/9/2017
No Routine Screening for Thyroid Cancer: Expert Panel

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force says risks outweigh benefits

5/9/2017
A Movie Instead of Anesthesia for Kids' Radiation Therapy

Videos promote relaxation and stillness without medication, study says

5/8/2017
Addressing Your Cancer Risk

Rural areas a bit safer than urban ones; environmental threats seem key, study says

5/8/2017
Not All Hospitals Equal When It Comes to Pancreatic Cancer Care

Academic medical centers that perform more tumor surgeries had better patient outcomes, study found

5/8/2017
Get Ready for Your 'Capsule Robot' Colon Cancer Check

Tiny, magnet-guided device might someday replace colonoscopy, researchers say

5/5/2017
Cervical Cancer May Leave Lasting Imprint on Survivors

Some symptoms, such as fatigue and insomnia, are still a problem long after treatment

5/1/2017
Low-Dose Aspirin May Lower Risk for Common Breast Cancer by 20 Percent

But experts say it's too soon to recommend it for this purpose

5/1/2017
Drinking Boosts Breast Cancer Risk for Black Women, Too

Researcher suggests women think about lowering their alcohol intake if they're drinkers

4/28/2017
Kids' Sun Safety Means 'Slip, Slap, Slop'

Skin cancer expert offers advice for protection against summer rays

4/27/2017
Money Pressures Mount When a Spouse Gets Cancer

Household income drops as much as 9 percent, new research finds

4/26/2017
Study Says Blood-Chromosome Test Predicts Lung Cancer's Return

Unstable chromosomes quadruple a patient's risk of relapse, death within 2 years, researchers report

4/26/2017
Cancer Risk Rises After Childhood Organ Transplant: Study

Yet overall chances to any one child remain low, researchers stressed

4/25/2017
Delay a Needed Colonoscopy at Your Own Risk

After a stool test shows potential trouble, speedy follow-up could be key, study finds

4/25/2017
FDA Warns 14 Companies on Bogus Cancer 'Cures'

Warning letters issued for treatments sold without approval mainly on websites and in social media

4/24/2017
PSA Testing Rates for Prostate Cancer Have Leveled Off

1 in 3 older men still getting the screen; doctors divided over its value

4/24/2017
Should Prostate Cancer Screening Start Earlier for Black Men?

New study suggests the disease progresses faster for them

4/24/2017
Could Breast Milk Tests Replace Mammograms?

Scientists hope to improve breast cancer screening of younger women

4/20/2017
Second Cancers Deadlier for Younger People: Study

Survival rates drop significantly compared to older adults

4/20/2017
Want a Longer Life? Try Biking to Work

Pedal pushers saw their risk for heart disease, cancer and early death cut by almost half in 5-year study

4/19/2017
High Blood Pressure: A Silver Lining for Ovarian Cancer Patients?

Study finds prognosis may have some surprising influences

4/17/2017
Just 1 in 5 Mentally Ill Women Gets Cervical Cancer Screenings

Rates of the disease tend to be higher in this group, researcher says

4/14/2017
More Asian-American Women Getting Breast Cancer

Out of 7 nationality groups studied, only Japanese women didn't have an overall increase in the disease

4/14/2017
Vaccine Targeting Brain Tumors Seems Safe in Study

Combo therapy may also extend survival of glioblastoma patients, but more research needed

4/13/2017
It's Yoga to the Rescue for Prostate Cancer Patients

Study suggests the ancient practice might ease side effects of therapy

4/13/2017
Black Americans' Cancer Rates Differ by Birthplace

Researchers spot distinctions between African-born immigrants and blacks born in U.S.

4/12/2017
Misunderstood Gene Tests May Lead to Unnecessary Mastectomies

Half of breast cancer patients who had both breasts removed unsure of genetic risk of more cancers: study