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Top Cancer Doctors Have Some Advice About Alcohol

Drink less if you want to reduce your cancer risk

(Newser) - Name things that increase your risk of cancer. Cigarettes and tanning beds might quickly come to mind. But how about alcohol? A recent survey of 4,016 adults by the American Society of Clinical Oncology found that only 30% knew alcohol is a risk factor for cancer, reports the New ... More »

Dying 9-Year-Old's Last Wish: Holiday Cards

Jacob Thompson is celebrating Christmas early

(Newser) - Jacob Thompson is celebrating Christmas early because this year's holiday will likely be his last one. The Maine 9-year-old, who was diagnosed with neuroblastoma at age 5, was told in early October the cancer would likely take his life in a month. But his request for his final Christmas... More »

This State Has the Highest Cancer Rate

It's Kentucky, with Delaware and Louisiana trailing

(Newser) - Cancer may be the second leading cause of death in the US, but its effects across the country vary widely. Kentucky, for example, sees 514 cancer diagnoses per 100,000 people, the highest rate in the nation. New Mexico, on the other hand, has the lowest rate at 370 per... More »

Woman Sues for $1.8M Over Hysterectomy, Mastectomy

She claims doctors misread her test results and the surgeries were unnecessary

(Newser) - An Oregon woman is seeking $1.8 million after she says multiple medical professionals misread test results, resulting in her getting a double mastectomy and hysterectomy last year, the Oregonian reports. "I wish this on nobody, nobody," 36-year-old Elisha Cooke-Moore tells KTVL , which has a copy of her... More »

Pricey New Cancer Therapy Could Save Thousands

It's the 2nd treatment to turn cells into cancer-killers

(Newser) - The Food and Drug Administration has approved a second "living drug" to fight cancer—a personalized treatment that alters a patient's own cells to turn them into cancer-killers. The new "CAR T-cell therapy" has been approved for non-Hodkins lymphoma patients with few other treatment options, a group... More »

Mindy Cohn: I Fought Cancer for 5 Years

'Facts of Life' star reveals she's now cancer-free

(Newser) - Mindy Cohn has been keeping a "secret for a long time," the Facts of Life star tells People : She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012. She launched what she calls a "siege" on the disease, getting a double mastectomy, chemotherapy, and radiation. "I've always... More »

Giant Bell Will Ring Every Time a Kid Finishes Chemo

It's linked to St. Louis Children's Hospital

(Newser) - A giant bell on a billboard in St. Louis will ring every time a child completes chemotherapy at a local hospital, per the AP . The 12-foot-tall metal bell went up Wednesday on a billboard over Interstate 44 that reads "Childhood wins another round against cancer." Hospital staff will... More »

Journalist Writes Own Obituary: 'I Wish I Had Done More'

Mark Mooney died Friday of prostate cancer at 66

(Newser) - "If you are reading this, that means that I am no longer here," Mark Mooney writes in the final entry of his blog, Closing in on -30- , which he started in October 2016 after being given two years to live by a doctor. The former reporter and... More »

Report Reveals Good News on the Breast Cancer Front

Deaths have plummeted—but there's still a disparity based on race

(Newser) - Some good news to share this week: Deaths from breast cancer have plummeted over a 26-year period. A report released Tuesday by the American Cancer Society shows a 39% decline in breast cancer-related deaths between 1989 and 2015, reports the Washington Post . The report notes 322,600 deaths were prevented... More »

Blogger Who Made Fake Cancer Claims Finds Out Fate

Belle Gibson handed down $320K fine by Aussie judge

(Newser) - In March, Belle Gibson was found guilty of breaching consumer law with her false claims on how she'd beaten her supposed brain cancer. On Thursday, Melbourne's Federal Court of Australia handed down the fine the Aussie blogger will pay as a consequence: around $320,000, the BBC reports.... More »

Coffee Sold in California Could Carry Cancer Warning

Lawsuit could be wake-up for industry

(Newser) - A future cup of coffee in California could give you jitters before you even take a sip. A nonprofit group wants coffee manufacturers, distributors, and retailers to post ominous warnings about a cancer-causing chemical stewing in every brew and has been presenting evidence in a Los Angeles courtroom to make... More »

McCain on Trump's POW Slight: We're 'Very Different People'

Senator speaks on '60 Minutes,' including his reaction on hearing 'serious' cancer diagnosis

(Newser) - "They said that … the prognosis is very, very serious," John McCain said Sunday night on 60 Minutes as he talked about his brain cancer diagnosis, which came right after he'd had a regular checkup and was on his way back home. Per USA Today , the 81-year-old... More »

A Mother's Sacrifice Ends in Double Tragedy

Mom died after giving up cancer treatment so her baby could live; now, her baby has died

(Newser) - A doubly tragic end to the story of the Michigan mom who declined cancer treatment in an attempt to save her baby's life: That baby, Life Lynn DeKlyen, died Wednesday night. Her mother, Carrie DeKlyen, died within days of giving birth to Life Lynn at 24 weeks gestation on... More »

'Fate Opened the Door': Pair Weds 50 Years After Romance

Stephen Walbert says he can face his leukemia with Jennifer Meyerink by his side

(Newser) - A US Navy officer, the Trinidad girl he loved, and 50 years separating them since. Those years have now disappeared with a reunion for Stephen Walbert and Jennifer Meyerink and their rekindled romance in the face of adversity, including Walbert's recent cancer diagnosis. The two met as teens in... More »

Mom Who Gave Up Cancer Treatment to Save Baby Dies

Newborn Life Lynn DeKlyen is 'going to be fine,' Carrie DeKlyen's husband says

(Newser) - Life Lynn DeKlyen was born Wednesday in Ann Arbor's University Hospital, and her first name is a poignant reminder of the sacrifice her mom made to bring her into this world. Carrie DeKlyen, a mom of five from Wyoming, Mich., died Saturday, two days after doctors took her off... More »

It's a Breakthrough Cancer Drug—And It'll Cost You

Novartis CEO stands by $475K charge for Kymriah

(Newser) - "The cancer world is forever changed." That's what a researcher is saying following the FDA's approval of America's first-ever treatment that genetically alters a person's cells to fight cancer. The customized treatment to be administered at certified medical centers involves drawing a patient's... More »

When Packs Cost $1 More, 1 in 5 Smokers Quit

Researchers say taxes are more effective than bans

(Newser) - Addiction has many costs, but at least when it comes to cigarettes, price can be a serious deterrent. In fact, one in five people quit smoking if the price of a pack jumps by $1, researchers report in the journal Epidemiology . They looked at the smoking habits of 632 smokers... More »

Scientists Spot Stage 1 Cancers Via Blood Test

Earlier treatment could save millions of lives

(Newser) - Human blood is rich with genetic material, and scientists have in recent years taken many steps forward in decoding it. The latest announcement—that a blood test can spot cancer at its earliest stages—has the potential to save millions of lives as treatment is administered earlier in the disease'... More »

Father and Son, Both 9/11 Responders, Have Died

FDNY's Raymond and Robert Alexander passed away within a year of each other

(Newser) - They were healthy, with no history of cancer in the family, but within a year of each other, a father and son have died—the 76-year-old dad last year after fighting seven different cancers over 13 years. The common link: Both Raymond Alexander and his son, Robert, who died Monday... More »

A Drink a Day to Keep the Doctor Away?

Light drinking may be healthier than abstaining: new study

(Newser) - Boozing it up heavily has been linked to all manner of ills, from car crashes and broken relationships to cancer, but a daily drink (or two for men) may offer heart and other health benefits that teetotalers are missing out on. That's according to researchers who surveyed more than... More »

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