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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 »

A Baby Was Just Born to Mom Brain-Dead Since Feb.

Delivered by C-section at 32 weeks, the healthy boy weighs 5 pounds 3 ounces

(Newser) - When a pregnant woman was declared brain-dead after a brain hemorrhage in Portugal in February, the hospital determined her fetus to be alive and well and the father decided to try to keep his wife on life support long enough to allow for at least the possibility of the baby'... More »

To Diagnose Cancer, Doctors Only Need Your Search History

Microsoft study could lead to 'a Cortana for health'

(Newser) - Only 3% of people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer will survive for five years. Microsoft researchers, however, say that rate could be doubled with early detection—and the Internet may play a vital role. The researchers, together with a Columbia grad student, found searches on Microsoft's search engine Bing that... More »

Mother of 3 Gives Huge Gift to Dying Friend

Beth Laitkep needed someone to take in her 6 children

(Newser) - When Beth Laitkep's breast cancer spread to her brain and spine, doctors knew she didn't have much time. But what should be done with her six children? "She said to me, 'If a miracle doesn't happen and I don't make it, can you take... More »

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 »

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