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An Answer for Cancer Patients Who Wonder 'Why Me?'

Unavoidable typos in DNA help fuel cancer

(Newser) - Cancer patients often wonder "why me?" Does their tumor run in the family? Did they try hard enough to avoid risks like smoking, too much sun, or a bad diet? Lifestyle and heredity get the most blame, but new research suggests random chance plays a bigger role than people... More »

Mom Beats Cancer While Pregnant, Dies a Day After Birth

Jamie Snider died of heart failure after surgery

(Newser) - Jamie Snider had gotten through so much: She lost an ovary while beating cancer, but was able to get pregnant with twins anyway. Then, while pregnant, the disease, a rare and aggressive form of cervical cancer, came back—and she beat it again, while pregnant. But last week, a day... More »

Breast Implants Could Give You Rare Cancer

FDA links breast implants to anaplastic large cell lymphoma

(Newser) - Six years after first announcing a possible link between breast implants and a rare form of cancer, the FDA confirmed Tuesday that breast implants are connected to anaplastic large cell lymphoma, NBC News reports. In a statement , the FDA says women with breast implants "have a very low but... More »

She Was Given Weeks to Live—9 Years Ago

WXIA describes Ashley Hallford's 'miraculous' recovery

(Newser) - Ashley Hallford was 32 weeks pregnant when the diagnosis came. A hard lump on her neck wasn't caused by an infection in the salivary gland as doctors had suspected. Rather, it was "a rare and very aggressive" form of cancer, Hallford tells WXIA . A week later, the Georgia... More »

Please 'Swipe Right' for My Husband

Dying woman sets up dating profile for spouse in 'NYT' essay

(Newser) - Jason Brian Rosenthal is a wonderful father, can flip a pancake like nobody's business, offers gumballs to unsuspecting recipients, and is the subject of a singles "ad" as it appears in the most recent New York Times "Modern Love" column. The person who's trying to find... More »

There's a New Recommended Daily Quota for Fruits, Veggies

Study says eating 10 servings could slash risk of premature death, disease

(Newser) - If you've struggled to meet the World Health Organization's five-a-day fruits and veggies recommendation , you may want to reassess your consumption strategy. An Imperial College London study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology has found that doubling the current suggestion to 10 servings a day could stave... More »

Kids Share Photo of Parents Before Both Died of Cancer

Crowdfunding campaign underway to aid Mike and Julie Bennet's 3 children

(Newser) - Mike and Julie Bennet died of cancer five days apart, and an image of their final moments together is attracting attention. The British couple's three children have released a bittersweet photo of their parents holding hands from their hospital beds; it was taken shortly before Mike Bennet, 57, died... More »

Mom Had Quadruplets Early to Start Chemo, Gets Big Help

Thousands of strangers have rallied to donate $1M and counting

(Newser) - In late December, a Kentucky woman who was 30 weeks pregnant with quadruplets delivered them early via C-section because of a grim diagnosis: her cancer was back. Having married military police officer Charles Gaytan in early 2016, Kayla Gaytan learned just a week later that she had Hodgkins lymphoma, and... More »

Erin Andrews Hid Cancer Diagnosis for 5 Months

She underwent surgeries for cervical cancer in late 2016

(Newser) - Erin Andrews was in the operating room of a Los Angeles hospital on Oct. 11, about to undergo surgery for cervical cancer that had been discovered only a few weeks earlier during a routine checkup, when she told her oncologist, "I'm not missing the Super Bowl." Days... More »

Woman From Viral Chemo Dance Video Dead at 32

Ana-Alecia Ayala went viral with 'Juju on That Chemo'

(Newser) - The internet is mourning a woman who danced into the hearts of many when a video of her dancing in a hospital gown went viral. Ana-Alecia Ayala died Wednesday after a yearlong cancer battle, WFAA reports. The Dallas woman gained fame in October after posting a video to social media... More »

Nearly Half of All US Men Have HPV Genital Infections

25% have an HPV genital infection tied to various cancers

(Newser) - The first national estimate suggests that nearly half of US men have genital infections caused by a sexually transmitted virus and that one in four has strains linked with several cancers, the AP reports. Most human papillomavirus infections cause no symptoms and disappear without treatment, and most adults will get... More »

US Will Pay $2.2B to Marines Sickened by Toxic Water

900K were exposed over more than 30 years

(Newser) - The Obama administration has agreed to provide disability benefits totaling more than $2 billion to veterans who were exposed to contaminated drinking water while assigned to Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. Beginning in March, the cash payouts from the Department of Veterans Affairs may supplement VA health care already being... More »

White Wine May Carry Surprising Health Risk

Researchers see association with skin cancer

(Newser) - If you're undecided about whether your next glass of wine should be red or white, a new study out of Brown University may provide the tipping point: It suggests that white wine raises the risk of skin cancer. While researchers have long known that alcohol in general can raise... More »

Jeopardy Contestant Dies Before Episode Airs

It was Texan's lifelong dream to appear on show

(Newser) - Next Tuesday's Jeopardy will feature a contestant whose lifelong dream was to appear on the show—but who didn't live long enough to see herself on TV. Cindy Stowell, a science content developer from Austin, Texas, was diagnosed with cancer between passing the online contestant test and being... More »

What Rare Brain Cancer Expert Did When His Own Son Got It

'The chances of beating it were so small ... and yet, you try': Dr. Sam Gambhir on usually fatal disease

(Newser) - As the chair of Stanford University's Department of Radiology, Sam Gambhir had studied a specific type of brain tumor called a glioblastoma multiforme. So it was a shock when his own 14-year-old son, Milan, was found to have one—a "brutal" coincidence, per the Stanford Medicine Diagnostics journal... More »

Smoke Just a Little Bit? It'll Still Kill You

Silver lining: The sooner you quit, the lower the risks

(Newser) - More bad news for smokers, this time for those who think that cutting back will help their health. It turns out that while people who smoke between one and 10 cigarettes a day have an 87% higher risk of earlier death compared to those who've never smoked, people who... More »

Dose of Magic Mushrooms Had Big Effect on Cancer Patients

A single dose of psilocybin in a controlled setting appears to reap long-term benefits

(Newser) - Hallucinogens are back on the table—at least when it comes to clinical trials. Hundreds of trials in the 1940s and 1950s studied their effects, but since their ban in the late '60s the research all but stopped, reports the New York Times . Nowadays, though, drugs like MDMA (think... More »

'I Didn't Get It': Oncology Nurse's Note to Patients After Own Diagnosis

Now that she has cancer herself, Lindsay Norris is offering apologies

(Newser) - Lindsay Norris has a lot to say to the cancer patients she's helped in her role as an oncology nurse, but in a recent blog post she penned after finding out she has cancer herself, the prevailing theme is: "I didn't get it." Per People , Norris... More »

Elderly Wood Seller Loses Wife, Gains Thousands of Supporters

Kenneth Smith sells wood on side of road to pay off wife's medical bills

(Newser) - "It makes me think that we live in a good country," Kenneth Smith tells WLOX . The 80-year-old Mississippi man has been selling wood on the side of the road since last year, first with his wife, Helen, by his side, then—after Helen's death from lung cancer... More »

US Cancer Patients Become Unlikely Cuban Drug Smugglers

'American treatments were not helping me. What other choice did I have?'

(Newser) - "When we were children, we were taught that Cubans didn't know what they were doing," 69-year-old Mick Phillips says. "Turns out they do." The New York Times looks at American lung cancer patients, like Phillips, who are traveling to Cuba and smuggling back a cancer... More »

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