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

Ask the doctor: Heart risks of breast cancer treatment

Radiation and chemotherapy can damage heart structures and lead to heart attacks or other cardiac problems later on. Baseline imaging tests before treatment starts may help doctors monitor heart changes. A healthy lifestyle can also decrease heart risks. (Locked) More »

Do older adults need colorectal cancer screenings?

Whether older adults should get routine colorectal cancer (CRC) screenings is debated. Some guidelines suggest that people should not get screenings past age 75 or 80. Some evidence shows the screenings are effective well into the 80s in previously unscreened patients with no other chronic conditions. For people older than 75, it’s best to weigh the risks and benefits of screening. A family history of CRC or precancerous polyps increase the risk for CRC and may be cause for a screening.  (Locked) More »

Protect yourself from skin cancer

Melanoma represents a minority of all skin cancers but is more likely to be fatal than the other common skin cancers, squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma. To prevent melanoma and other skin cancers. it is important to check the skin for new or abnormal-looking moles or blemishes and protect the skin from sun exposure. Wearing a hat and liberal use of sunscreen are two basic sun-protection behaviors men should adopt. More »

Summer skin safety

The best way to protect against sun damage and skin cancer is to practice good sun protection when outside. Stay out of the sun between the peak hours of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., or wear an SPF 30 or higher sunscreen and sun-protective clothing. Do regular mole checks to look for any suspicious or changing spots. (Locked) More »

Ask the doctor: Is your cancer risk genetic?

If a first-degree relative—a parent, sibling, or child—has developed certain cancers, then one’s own risk of getting the cancer is greater than the average person’s. However, it does not mean that one would definitely get the cancer. (Locked) More »

On call: Does skin cancer come back?

Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) of the skin is very treatable when completely removed. However, it does recur at some other spot on the body in about 40% of people. Routine skin examinations can find repeat cancers early. (Locked) More »