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Study Sees Link Between Cellphones, Cancer, but 'Far From Definitive'

Whether it's a harbinger or hype remains to be seen

(Newser) - The concern that cellphones may lead to cancer has been bounced around for years—and partial results from a $25 million government study purport to have found such a link, though with major caveats, the Wall Street Journal reports. Per the so-far results of the multiyear National Toxicology Program study... More »

On Peninsula, Tasmanian Devils Make Last Stand

Australia guarding last wild population from contagious cancer that's decimating their ranks

(Newser) - Drive over one narrow isthmus in Tasmania, and then another, and you'll reach Tasman Peninsula, the last place on Earth where wild Tasmanian devils live apart from a contagious cancer that threatens the marsupials' existence. Conservationists are doing everything they can to keep it that way. Devil-proof barriers, flashing... More »

Arsenic-Spewing Battery Plant Could Be Giving Neighbors Cancer

It's been ordered to reduce emissions in the coming months

(Newser) - A battery recycling plant has to find some way to curb its arsenic emissions after officials found it was putting 12,000 neighbors at an unacceptable risk of cancer, the Los Angeles Times reports. Quemetco Inc. in the City of Industry has 30 days to notify its neighbors of the... More »

They Decided to Let Their Toddler Die of Cancer. It Saved Him

After a bone marrow transplant didn't work, they brought Andrew home

(Newser) - In late June 2015, Esther and Dan Levy asked their friends not to tell them there was still hope, but to respect their decision: no second bone-marrow transplant, no palliative chemotherapy for their toddler son. Andrew had been diagnosed the prior December, at 14 months, with a kind of acute... More »

Boy Who Gave Hair to Kids With Cancer Now Has Cancer

Vinny, 7, grew hair for 2 years to donate to a child in need before being diagnosed himself

(Newser) - Vinny Desautels, a 7-year-old 2nd-grader in northern California, spent two years of his life growing out his hair to donate it to a child with cancer—even though some kids teased him for looking like a girl. "I want to help people so they don't have to go... More »

Biden: Clinton Will Win, But I'd Have Been 'Best President'

He just wasn't ready after son Beau died

(Newser) - Joe Biden says he's confident Hillary Clinton will become the Democratic nominee and "the next president." But he definitely planned to run, he tells ABC News , and believed "I would have been the best president." That plan derailed when his son Beau died of brain... More »

Cancer Survivor to Ride Horse 2,200 Miles to HS Reunion

'I always wanted to do something like this'

(Newser) - A cancer survivor has embarked on a roughly 2,200-mile journey on horseback for his 50th high school reunion, the AP reports. Vern Herrst, 67, began his trip Friday from the Methow Valley in northern Washington in hopes of reaching Howell, Michigan, before the reunion in August, the Livingston Daily ... More »

Guys With Long Legs Have Twice the Risk of 1 Cancer

More growth hormones that drive bone growth in legs may be risk factor for colon cancer

(Newser) - Higher cancer rates have been linked generally to taller people, but University of Minnesota researchers are reporting a startling find: Men with longer legs have a 42% higher risk of developing colorectal cancer than those with shorter legs, reports Live Science . More specifically, they found that the men with the... More »

Touching Tribute: After Girl's Death, Friends Wear Her Dress to Prom

Catherine Malatesta died of cancer just months after May prom

(Newser) - When Catherine Malatesta attended her junior prom as a 16-year-old in May 2015, just six months after being diagnosed with a stage 4 tumor called epithelioid sarcoma, she knew she didn't have long. What the student council president and field hockey team captain didn't know was that almost... More »

John Stossel Has Cancer, Laments 'Socialist' Hospital's Customer Service

'Bureaucrats don't care if you sleep'

(Newser) - Fox News host John Stossel has lung cancer. But don't worry, his doctors tell him he'll be fine. No, Stossel has something else on his mind in an opinion piece published Wednesday on Fox News. "I get excellent medical care here. But…I have to say the... More »

Woman Says a Potato Chip Saved Her Life

It led her to early throat cancer diagnosis

(Newser) - Kristine Moore has eaten Ruffles potato chips "every day of my life for the past 20 years," she tells the Everett Herald . That may not seem like the healthiest lunch habit, but it's one that she now says saved her life. On Feb. 28, the Marysville, Wash.... More »

Common Thyroid Cancer Isn't Cancer Anymore

'If it’s not a cancer, let’s not call it a cancer'

(Newser) - A group of 24 doctors from seven countries just reclassified a certain type of thyroid tumor as no longer cancerous, according to a report in JAMA Oncology . That might not seem like that big of a big deal, but it is. The tumor—formerly called EFVPTC (encapsulated follicular variant of... More »

Sean Parker Just Made 'Unprecedented' $250M Cancer Move

New institute will bring together leading research centers

(Newser) - Big news in cancer research Wednesday: Sean Parker, the founder of Napster and a co-founder of Facebook, is giving $250 million to six leading cancer centers so they can collaborate on immunotherapy in what Fortune calls "unprecedented" fashion. The nitty gritty:
  • The new Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy will
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Mom Fighting Brain Cancer Gives Birth to 'Miracle Baby'

Kim Vaillancourt delayed cancer treatment to save baby

(Newser) - The New York mother who found out, while pregnant, that she had aggressive brain cancer has given birth to her "miracle baby," reports the Buffalo News . Kim and Phil Vaillancourt had two children and had just adopted three more when Kim went to the hospital to get help... More »

'Bad' Carbs Nearly Double Cancer Risk

The link is especially strong to prostate cancer

(Newser) - Meat is often the bad guy linked to higher cancer rates: The World Health Organization says bacon is carcinogenic and red meats in general "probably" are, while grilling meats is linked to higher kidney cancer rates . But researchers out of New York University report in ScienceDaily that their latest... More »

Mom Won't Treat Brain Tumor Until She Gives Birth

'The baby saved me. Now it's my turn to save him': New York woman

(Newser) - For Kim Vaillancourt, pregnant while staving off aggressive rare brain cancer, it comes down to this: "The baby saved me. Now it's my turn to save him." Vaillancourt was diagnosed with glioblastoma—deadly and fast-growing tumors known to reappear within eight to 12 weeks—after going to... More »

Man Inherits Sister's Kiwi Allergy in Most Unusual Way

Phenomenon, observed in bone marrow transplant patients, is now proven

(Newser) - When a leukemia patient received a bone marrow transplant from his sister, all went smoothly—until he bit into a kiwi fruit and his lips began to tingle and swell. Turns out the patient was suffering from the "oral allergic symptom" his sister had long endured, and now that... More »

Rob Ford Dies at 46

Former Toronto mayor had been battling cancer

(Newser) - Just one day after Rob Ford's office confirmed that the former Toronto mayor was in palliative care, his family says Ford has died. He was 46. Ford dropped his 2014 bid for re-election when he was diagnosed with a rare, aggressive form of cancer . In a lengthy obituary, the... More »

Rob Ford Is in Palliative Care

Family confirms the news about former Toronto mayor

(Newser) - Rob Ford's office confirms that the former Toronto mayor is in palliative care at Mount Sinai Hospital and that his family is focused on making him as comfortable as possible, the Toronto Star reports. "Family members have been with him around the clock," Ford’s brother and... More »

Woman's 'Pregnancy' Turns Out to Be Deadly Tumor

Doctors misdiagnosed it because of the hormones it put off

(Newser) - A 22-year-old British woman died last month after doctor's initially mistook a nearly 5-inch tumor for her being pregnant, the Huffington Post UK reports. Makeup artist Demi Wright started feeling pain in her side last November. When she went to the doctor, they admitted her to a maternity ward... More »

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