Cancer

Cancer is the catchall term applied to diseases caused by the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells. Cancer isn't one disease. It is many different diseases, more than 100 and counting.

Each kind of cancer is usually named for the cell type in which it begins — cancer that starts in a lung is called lung cancer; cancer that starts in pigment cells in the skin, which are known as melanocytes, is called melanoma.

When detected and treated early, cancer can often be stopped. That said, cancer is a leading cause of death and disability around the world.

Cancer Articles

Erectile dysfunction drugs not linked to melanoma

Although a recent study suggested an association between erectile dysfunction drugs, such as sildenafil (Viagra), and melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, the researchers concluded the elevated risk is likely due to other factors, like sunlight exposure. More »

The healing power of art

Creative activities, particularly when undertaken with the direction of a trained art therapist, can relieve stress and aid communication in people with cancer, dementia, or depression. Doing arts and crafts can help arrest cognitive decline in healthy older people. (Locked) More »

Breast implants linked to rare lymphoma

The FDA has identified over 200 cases of a rare lymphoma in women with breast implants. Implants with textured surfaces were associated with the cancer more frequently than those with smooth surfaces. More »

Do gel manicures increase cancer risk?

The level of risk from UVA radiation delivered by lamps used by professional manicurists to dry gel nail polish increases with the frequency of manicures. Sunscreen and fingerless gloves can protect hands during manicures. More »

As an ex-smoker, am I still at high risk for lung cancer?

Quitting smoking is the best health move any person can make. Improved lung function and lower heart attack risk can happen almost immediately after someone quits smoking, but it takes more than 10 years of not smoking to see a dramatic decrease in cancer risk. (Locked) More »

The family history of cancer

Family history can be one of the first lines of defense in preventing cancer. Knowing the detailed history of cancer on both sides of a man’s family can protect him, and even his children, by preventing cancers before they develop and helping to diagnose cancers early. (Locked) More »