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Days After Husband, Wife of Real-Life Fault in Our Stars Couple Dies

Katie Prager died at home, surrounded by family

(Newser) - The story of a real-life couple who was compared to the fictional couple in the best-selling book and movie The Fault in Our Stars has reached its end. Katie and Dalton Prager, who both had cystic fibrosis, met on Facebook when they were 18 after Katie saw a picture of... More »

Smoking Damages Our DNA— in Some Cases Permanently

But the vast majority of genes 'recover' within 5 years of quitting

(Newser) - Scientists are learning more about how smoking impacts our health all the way down to our genes, and experts say they're not terribly surprised by new findings that some of the changes to a smoker's DNA appear to be permanent, lingering even decades after the smoker quits, reports... More »

Woman Dies of Cancer Day Before Her Wedding

Anna Swabey was given three years to live, then she met the one

(Newser) - A 25-year-old woman diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor in January 2015 died Friday, one day before her wedding, People reports. A month after being given three years to live, Swabey joined Tinder, where she met Andy Bell. She told Marie Claire she disclosed she was going to die to... More »

Entire School Turns Out to Sing to Ailing Teacher

Ben Elllis receives a moving gift in Nashville

(Newser) - A beloved teacher battling cancer got a surprise visit at his home in Nashville: All 400-plus students from Christian Presbyterian Academy showed up at Ben Ellis' house to sing him their support. (See the video here .) "It was really just a spur of the moment thing," headmaster... More »

Cancer Kills Wife and Son of Two-Time Cancer Survivor

Jay Siltzer's son died last week

(Newser) - Jay Siltzer survived cancer, twice—but years later, the disease took both his wife and his young son away from him. The WLOS morning news anchor was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 1999; he beat it, but it returned, and doctors told him the chemotherapy he needed would make it... More »

Drug Shows Promise Treating One of the Nastiest Cancers

Patients with metastatic pancreatic cancer did better, with no side effects

(Newser) - The trial was a small one, but a new study is raising hope that a new drug can fight a particularly deadly form of pancreatic cancer. What's more, unlike chemo, it seems to do so without side effects. Researchers at St. George's University in London report in the... More »

Have Tasmanian Devils Found the Cure for Cancer?

They're rapidly evolving to fend off a particularly deadly form of the disease

(Newser) - Scientists may not have figured out a cure for cancer, but the Tasmanian devil just might have. According to a study published Tuesday in Nature Communications , the marsupial is quickly evolving to fend off devil facial tumor disease, one of only three known infectious cancers. The disease was only discovered... More »

Poet Max Ritvo Dies of Cancer at 25

He chronicled illness in acclaimed work

(Newser) - Fiercely talented poet Max Ritvo has died at the age of 25 from the cancer he chronicled in his work and was first diagnosed with when he was 16. Ritvo, who had Ewing's sarcoma, a deadly form of bone cancer, went to Yale during the years he was in... More »

Number of People With 9/11-Related Cancer Increasing

More than 5,400 have been diagnosed

(Newser) - Since 9/11, more than 5,400 people have been diagnosed with cancers linked to the attacks, according to new numbers from the CDC's World Trade Center Health program. And not only is the actual number likely higher—the CDC's tally only includes people enrolled in its program—it'... More »

Pregnancy Hid Signs of Woman's Terminal Cancer

Her symptoms looked like normal pregnancy symptoms, at least at first

(Newser) - As Laurel Cohen, 38, and her husband Dave Cohen, 40, looked forward to the birth of their first child last spring, they and their doctors dismissed Laurel's abdominal pain, shortness of breath, and constipation as normal symptoms of pregnancy. But in May, five weeks before the London woman's... More »

This Is the Oldest Evidence of Cancer in Humans

It comes from 1.7M-year-old foot bone

(Newser) - The oldest evidence of cancer in human relatives has long been a 120,000-year-old Neanderthal. A single foot bone changes that, by a lot. Belonging to an early hominin who lived 1.7 million years ago in South Africa, it holds the oldest example of a malignant tumor in a... More »

Mayor Doing Mammogram PSA Finds Out She Has Cancer

'It saved my life,' Oklahoma's Gina Noble says of new 3D technology

(Newser) - A news conference in Stillwater, Okla., on Wednesday was meant to announce new 3D mammography equipment at a local medical facility. Mayor Gina Noble had another surprise announcement to offer, the Tulsa World reports. As part of a PSA spot for the new machinery, Noble agreed to go on camera... More »

Nasty Parasite in Cat Poo May Be a Cancer Fighter

In mice, it fights ovarian tumors

(Newser) - Again and again, research on the parasite toxoplasma gondii, commonly found in cat feces, reveals just how nasty and widespread it is. It's linked to rage disorder , might boost one's risk of schizophrenia and other mental disorders, and in an odd and probably fatal twist, makes the mice... More »

Alcohol Causes 7 Types of Cancer—at Least

Drink only a little? You're still at risk

(Newser) - Health experts are calling for warning labels on booze, like those on tobacco products, based on a new study that finds alcohol is a direct cause of at least seven forms of cancer. Drink only a little? You're still at risk, scientists write in the journal Addiction . After reviewing... More »

Experimental Cancer Treatment Saves New Husband

'We were told that it was time to plan our last days together, but Kate point blank refused'

(Newser) - A British couple have received what may be the best wedding gift imaginable: a cancer-free diagnosis. ABC News reports Mike Brandon was diagnosed with leukemia in 2014, only a month after proposing to his wife Kate. A bone marrow transplant sent the leukemia into remission, but it came back last... More »

Bionic Butt Could Lead to Better Prostate Exams

Next up: one for gynecological training

(Newser) - Let's face it, the medical standard for diagnosing the second most common cancer in men is rather, well, unrefined: a doctor inserts his or her index finger into the anus and feels around for any hard masses on the prostate gland. It should be no surprise, then, that men... More »

HPV-Related Cancer Is 'Epidemic'—But Few Get Vaccinated

New report finds rates of easily preventable cancers are skyrocketing

(Newser) - "Every parent should ask the question: If there was a vaccine I could give my child that would prevent them from developing six different cancers, would I give it to them?” Electra Paskett, co-director of the Cancer Control Research Program at Ohio State University, tells CBS News . The answer... More »

Top 5 Causes of Death for Men, Women

Heart disease, cancer top both lists

(Newser) - Alzheimer's deaths are on the rise, according to the most recent data. An analysis of all US death certificates from 2014 shows deaths related to Alzheimer's spiked 10.5% over 2013 , per the Los Angeles Times . Such deaths still make up just 5% of deaths for women and... More »

IBM Supercomputer to Help 10K Veterans Beat Cancer

First Watson competed on 'Jeopardy!'; now it's being brought into VA facilities

(Newser) - In January, President Obama handed the reins to Joe Biden to head a "moonshot" initiative to cure cancer , and a major step toward that end has just been made. Per Fortune , IBM will donate its Watson supercomputer technology—the same technology that beat humans on Jeopardy!, CNET notes—to... More »

Cancer-Stricken Sportscaster to Work First NBA Finals

Craig Sager calls it a 'great honor'

(Newser) - A beloved NBA sideline reporter will finally get to cover the NBA finals some 34 years into his career and two years into his battle with leukemia. Craig Sager, 64, of TNT—known for donning "the brightest, most colorful suits," per the New York Post —has never... More »

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