Cancers are diseases in which abnormal cells divide without control. Cancer cells can invade nearby tissues and can spread through the bloodstream and lymphatic system to other parts of the body.
Below are links to more information on specific types of cancers:
Below are links to in-depth reports on specific types of cancers:
Testicular cancer. Just the thought of it causes fear and apprehension. But thanks to the wonders of modern medicine, even patients with later stages of the condition have cure rates of 60%-85%. And, when diagnosed early, cure rates for testicular cancer approach 100%.
Learn more about the different types of pains caused by tumors and treatment.
Find out ways to cope with and treat cancer fatigue.Cancer treatment and fertility in women
Undergoing treatment can bring with it a whole host of new questions, including, for many people, “Will I still be able to have children?”Childhood cancers: long-term effects of treatment
Now that childhood cancer survivors are living longer, researchers are beginning to learn more about the possible late side effects of childhood cancer treatments. Read here to find out more.
Pain associated with cancer and chemotherapy can be relieved. Read here to find out how.Fighting colon cancer: one man's story
Cancer of the colon or rectum strikes about 130,000 people each year and kills nearly 55,000, according to the Mayo Clinic. However, when it's caught early, colorectal cancer is one of the most easily cured cancers.
Read here to find out answers to questions you may have after ending cancer treatment.Reclaiming sexuality after gynecologic cancer
Women who are treated for gynecologic cancers—cervical, uterine, ovarian, endometrial, or vulvar—are often caught off-guard by the impact that surgery, pelvic radiation, and chemotherapy can have on their sex lives.Testicular cancer: curing the most common young men's cancer
When Lance Armstrong told his cycling fans that he had a good chance of a complete recovery and a return to cycling, he was right. Men diagnosed with testicular cancer can expect to be cured, according to Marc Garnick, MD, an oncologist.When your best friend has breast cancer
Someone you love will probably be diagnosed with breast cancer. Your support will be an important part of her treatment.
Acrylamide, a potentially cancer-causing agent, is present in high levels in a number of common foods. Read here to find out more.Antioxidants and your health
Learn about the benefits and risks of taking antioxidants.Cancer screening for women: are you missing opportunities to prevent disease?
Your health insurance company touts its preventive focus. And you think your doctors know what they're doing. So, can you rest assured that you will get all the cancer screening tests, such as mammograms and Pap smears, that you need? That may depend, some experts say.Cancer tests that can save your life
Like many young and middle-aged women, you may assume you’re immune to cancer. But statistics tell otherwise: among American women age 59 and younger, nearly 54,000 deaths occur from cancer each year. And while a woman’s chance of developing cancer between birth and age 39 is only 1 in 52, it jumps to 1 in 11 starting at age 40.Colon cancer: common and curable
Early detection is extremely important to the prevention and successful treatment of colon cancer.Don't be afraid of colorectal cancer screening
Colorectal cancer is the second deadliest cancer in the US and the third deadliest cancer worldwide. But when diagnosed at an early stage, before the cancer has invaded the colon wall or spread to distant sites, the chances of survival are much higher.Fighting prostate cancer: eat your way to victory
There is mounting evidence that diet is strongly linked to prostate cancer—the second most common cause of cancer-related death in American men.The latest in breast cancer screening: computer-aided mammography
Each year, over 211,000 women develop breast cancer. Breast cancer is the second most common type of cancer in American women.Practical prevention—testicular cancer strikes young
Most young men are not aware that they may be vulnerable to testicular cancer. Yet, this cancer usually strikes men who are 15-35 years old.
On May 15, 2002, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Faslodex (fulvestrant) as an option for breast cancer therapy.Gene therapy and cancer: implications for the future
How might gene therapy eventually be used to help treat cancer?Herceptin—hope for women with advanced breast cancer
A drug called Herceptin attacks a particularly aggressive form of breast cancer in a novel way. What promise does Herceptin hold for one of the most deadly forms of breast cancer?High-dose chemotherapy for breast cancer: no better than traditional chemotherapy
A current focus in much oncology research is to identify cancer treatments which maximize effectiveness and minimize complications. Learn about the effectiveness of high-dose chemotherapy.How do childhood cancers differ from adult cancers?
Read here to find out how childhood cancers differ from adult cancer, as well as information on some of the most common childhood cancers.Osteoporosis, breast cancer, and eating disorders: not just for women
Primarily associated with women, breast cancer also occurs in men, although rarely. Find out more about these conditions and the incidence in men.Occupation and cancer risk
According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, a person’s risk for developing cancer may be influenced by a combination of factors, including exposure to cancer-causing agents in the workplace.Sperm banking: fertility options for men undergoing cancer treatment
In sperm banking, your sperm are frozen and stored so that should you decide to become a father at some point in the future, you will have that opportunity, even if the cancer treatment has affected your fertility. Learn more about this option.
Some types of brain tumors have been increasingly diagnosed since the cell phone era began. Can talking on the phone really put you at risk for a brain tumor?True or false: hair dye causes cancer
You may have heard about a possible link between hair dye and certain kinds of cancer. Studies on the association between hair dyes and cancer have generated mixed results.True or false: eating dark chocolate can lower your risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease
"Chocolate is good for you” sounds like an obvious entry in the “too good to be true” hall of fame. But a significant body of evidence supports this statement. So chocolate lovers can indulge their cravings—to a point—without too much guilt.