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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9/20/2017
Prostate Cancer Symptoms Aren't Always Obvious

Warning signs often confused with other conditions

9/19/2017
Cancer Treatment Can Affect Your Food Preferences

Metallic tastes can appear for many patients on chemo

9/14/2017
9/14/2017
U.S. Cancer Death Rate Continues to Fall

But more cases are expected as baby boomers age, report says

9/14/2017
Can Coffee or Tea Extend Survival With Diabetes?

The answer may depend on whether you're a man or a woman

9/13/2017
Surgeons Play Big Role in Women's Choices for Breast Cancer Care

Those with cancer in one breast less likely to get both removed if doctor is reluctant, study finds

9/12/2017
Widening Waistlines May Raise Women's Cancer Risk

Belly fat after menopause may boost risk of lung, gastrointestinal cancers, researchers report

9/12/2017
New Guideline Aims to Help Doctors Diagnose Head, Neck Masses

Lumps may signal infection or a cancer caused by a sexually transmitted virus

9/12/2017
HPV Test Alone OK for Cervical Cancer Screening Over 30: Expert Panel

New advisory says women can get the screen once every 5 years, in lieu of Pap tests every 3 years

9/12/2017
Cancer Drugs' High Prices Not Justified by Cost of Development, Study Contends

Research challenges notion that each new medicine costs billions to come to market

9/11/2017
Managing Pain Can Be a Puzzle After Breast Cancer

Women who take opioids are more likely to stop vital hormonal therapy, study finds

9/11/2017
Immune-Focused Drug May Be New Weapon Against Advanced Melanoma

In head-to-head trial, Opdivo outperformed a similar drug, and with fewer side effects

9/8/2017
Obamacare Paid Off for Poorer Cancer Patients

Health coverage surged in states that expanded Medicaid, research finds

9/8/2017
HPV Vaccine May Even Protect Women Who Never Got It

'Herd immunity' effect shows U.S. females now less likely to contract the cancer-causing virus

9/7/2017
Here's the Recipe to Keep Colon Cancer at Bay

Increase whole grains and exercise, limit booze and processed meats: report

9/6/2017
'Cancer Pen' Could Help Surgeons Spot Tumor Cells in Seconds

Tool might one day allow more complete removal of malignant tissue, less time on operating table

9/5/2017
Could the Zika Virus Help Battle a Deadly Brain Cancer?

Research is early, but appears promising

9/5/2017
New Research Finds Value in PSA Testing

Analysis of 2 major trials on the prostate cancer screen shows it cuts men's risk of dying from the disease

9/4/2017
9/1/2017
FDA OKs Return of Once-Withdrawn Leukemia Drug

At lower dose, Mylotarg extended survival against a certain type of blood cancer

9/1/2017
Science Weighs in On How Fat Raises Cancer Risk

There's cellular 'crosstalk' between fat and tumors that may spur tumor growth, research shows

8/30/2017
FDA OKs 1st Gene Therapy for Use in U.S.

It transforms a patient's immune system cells to fight a form of leukemia

8/29/2017
Moles Not Most Likely Spot for Melanomas

More than two-thirds of deadly skin cancers occur as new lesions, analysis finds

8/28/2017
Drug May Fight Heart Disease in Whole New Way

Study of injected medication suggests reductions in inflammation could be treatment target

8/25/2017
Common Treatment for Early Prostate Cancer May Carry Heart Risk

Hormone-suppressing regimen may raise odds for heart failure, but it brings benefits, too, researchers say

8/24/2017
More U.S. Teens Getting Vaccinated Against HPV

But rates still lagging against the cancer-causing virus that's caused by sexual contact, CDC says

8/22/2017
Could Common Vitamin Supplements Raise Lung Cancer Risk?

Increased odds only seemed to affect men or male smokers, study suggests

8/21/2017
Study Supports Annual Mammograms Starting at Age 40

Researchers estimate thousands more U.S. lives would be saved each year

8/17/2017
Could Urban Lighting Raise Breast Cancer Risk for Some Women?

Study found link between ambient light and higher odds in young, smoking females, but more research needed

8/17/2017
High-Cal Foods May Raise Cancer Risk in Women, Even Without Weight Gain

Plant-based diet could help avoid malignancies, study suggests

8/17/2017
Alternative Medicine Alone as Cancer Treatment Linked to Lowered Survival

There's not much research into these therapies, study authors said

8/16/2017
Can a Blood Test Detect a Range of Cancers Earlier?

Researchers move 'a step forward,' assessing DNA fragments for colon, breast, ovarian and lung tumors

8/15/2017
Heart Risks May Rise After Cancer Diagnosis

Study found heightened odds for dangerous clots that travel throughout body

8/14/2017
Researchers ID Genes in Mice That Cause Aggressive Brain Cancer

Discovery of triggers that make glioblastoma resistant to chemo offers hope for future treatments, study authors say

8/11/2017
When Stress Hormone Falters, Your Health May Suffer

Study suggests lack of variation in cortisol levels could be linked to ills like inflammation, cancer

8/11/2017
Antiperspirant Use Seems Safe During Breast Cancer Treatment: Study

Many doctors worry about skin damage during radiation, but new research found no such effect

8/11/2017
How Safe and Effective Is Your Sunscreen?

One out of three may not offer the right protection, study suggests

8/10/2017
Cancer Takes Financial Toll, Even With Insurance

1 in 6 insured patients spends one-third of their income on bills related to treatment, U.S. study finds

8/9/2017
Blood Test Can Screen for Rare Sinus Cancer, Study Finds

Test will be most useful in China, other parts of Asia, and North Africa where disease is more common

8/9/2017
For Cancer Patients in the ER, Delirium Linked to Poor Outcomes

Seriously confused people were more likely to be hospitalized and to die early, study finds

8/8/2017
Antibiotic Doesn't Prevent Lung Complication After Stem Cell Transplant

Findings were so dismal that clinical trial was stopped early

8/8/2017
Deaths From Colon Cancer Up Among Younger White Americans

Uptick has researchers puzzled and questioning screening guidelines

8/4/2017
Childhood Cancer Radiation May Cause Unwanted Gene Mutation in Some

That flaw seems to increase risk of a type of brain tumor later in life, researchers report

8/1/2017
Young Cancer Survivors Struggle to Resume Social Activities

Strains on finances, relationships and life plans take a toll, researchers find

8/1/2017
Breast-Feeding Lowers Mom's Breast Cancer Risk: Study

It also reduces the child's future cancer risk, cancer institute reports

8/1/2017
Gum Disease May Be Linked to Cancer Risk in Older Women

Esophageal, breast and lung cancer, among others, seen in postmenopausal women in large study

8/1/2017
Gum Disease and Cancer Risk

Gum disease may increase the risk of several types of cancer, study finds

7/27/2017
Treatment Costs Can Be Another Blow to Cancer Patients

Obamacare has improved access to therapies, but finances are still a big concern, researchers say

7/27/2017
Melanoma Isn't the Only Serious Skin Cancer

Squamous cell carcinoma is far more common and also dangerous if untreated, dermatologist says

7/24/2017
Obesity in Teen Years Tied to Colon Cancer Risk in Adulthood

Concerns are growing about weight's impact on development of chronic disease, researchers say