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High-Profile Cancer Patient Allegedly Faked It

For a whole decade, apparently, per Tracy Dart's family

(Newser) - A cancer awareness advocate and fundraiser known as the unofficial mayor of West Seattle and who for the past decade has branded herself as a cancer patient and survivor may have faked her illness the entire time, KOMO reports. A rep from Susan G. Komen headquarters in Dallas confirmed the... More »

Ex-WWE Star Bret Hart Fights 'Toughest Battle': Cancer

Says he'll 'wage fearsome fight' against prostate cancer

(Newser) - The ex-professional wrestler known to his fans as "The Hitman" has just taken a hit of his own. Bret Hart has prostate cancer, he told fans in an Instagram post Monday, and he says he'll be having surgery within days, ESPN reports. "Mark Helprin wrote: 'We... More »

Real-Time Video Reveals How Tumors Form

It takes a surprisingly small amount of cancerous cells

(Newser) - University of Iowa researchers are believed to be the first to capture, in real time, the movements of cancerous breast tissue cells as they form tumors. And what they saw could lead to a better understanding not only of these cells but of the antibodies that can eliminate them. The... More »

More Young People Are Getting Colon Cancer

And usually spot it at an advanced stage, study says

(Newser) - A new study says one in seven US colon cancer patients is younger than 50—raising questions about why more young people seem to be getting the disease and what can be done about it, reports HealthDay via the Philadelphia Inquirer . "Colon cancer has traditionally been thought of as... More »

Celine Dion's Husband Dead at 73

René Angélil died of throat cancer

(Newser) - Celine Dion's husband, René Angélil, has died of throat cancer at age 73, his rep tells People in a statement. Angélil, who fought three bouts with cancer, died Thursday at his home in Las Vegas. He leaves behind three adult children from a previous relationship, as well... More »

What Biden's Cancer 'Moonshot' Might Mean

For one thing, think 'moonshots,' plural

(Newser) - President Obama put Joe Biden in charge of a national "moonshot" to cure cancer during Tuesday night's State of the Union address. Some related reading:
  • Given the myriad cancers out there, it won't be one giant moonshot so much as many smaller moonshots, reports the Washington Post
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Magnesium Could Help Prevent Deadly Pancreatic Cancer

Every 100mg-a-day decrease in magnesium had real effect

(Newser) - Consuming higher levels of magnesium—a mineral found in dark leafy greens, nuts, beans, yogurt, and avocado—appears to dramatically reduce one's chances of getting pancreatic cancer, which is the fourth leading cause of cancer deaths in the US. So report Indiana University Bloomington researchers this month in the... More »

Asbestos Claiming New Kind of Victim in 'Third Wave'

New report shares the story of Kris Penny, 39

(Newser) - When 39-year-old Kris Penny woke up in the hospital after experiencing shooting stomach pains one September morning last year, he didn't know why his wife was crying. "What's the matter? I'm still here," he tried to comfort her. The flooring company contractor quickly learned that... More »

9 in 10 Cancer Cases Are Our Fault: Study

Don't blame genes or bad luck so much as external factors: scientists

(Newser) - Despite a recent study claiming the opposite , scientists say getting cancer isn't just bad luck in most cases. A study out of Stony Brook University shows as much as 90% of cancers are caused by external factors, like smoking, drinking, sun exposure, and air pollution, and are thus more... More »

Downton Abbey Star Loses Fiance to Rare Cancer

Michelle Dockery rarely spoke of her relationship with John Dineen, 34

(Newser) - Lady Mary Crawley lost her true love on Downton Abbey, and now the actress who plays her is experiencing life that has devastatingly imitated art. Michelle Dockery's Irish fiance, John Dineen, died in Cork on Sunday with Dockery at his side, People reports. The 34-year-old PR exec had been... More »

The Human Hair Business Gets Downright Dirty

On lice, blood, and ethics

(Newser) - In the US, women and girls sometimes donate their hair to groups that make wigs—think Locks of Love—not because hair is hard to come by but because it is so expensive. But many also buy wigs and extensions made of real human hair—and chances are good that... More »

Jimmy Carter: 'Cancer-Free'

Latest scan reveals no sign of cancer in former president

(Newser) - Four months after announcing that he had been diagnosed with cancer at the age of 90, former President Jimmy Carter says that cancer is no more, reports the Atlanta Journal Constitution , in an announcement that he made while teaching Sunday school in his hometown. " He said he got a... More »

Actress Chops Off Hair, Tells of Own Childhood Cancer

'It's not what makes you beautiful,' says Clare Bowen

(Newser) - When Nashville star Clare Bowen debuted her new pixie cut on Facebook, several reactions were along this line: "NO!!!!!!!" After she shared the reason behind the move, however, warm reactions are pouring in. Bowen explains she was diagnosed with end-stage nephroblastoma as a child and lost her hair... More »

Study Delivers More Bad News for Meat Lovers

Grilling meat, even chicken, boosts kidney cancer risk: study

(Newser) - The blows just keep on coming for carnivores. On the heels of the news that bacon is apparently a carcinogen and hot dogs contain human DNA comes this: A new study finds that people who eat more grilled meat are at a higher risk of kidney cancer. And not just... More »

Vegetable Oils Can Actually Kill You

Sunflower oil, corn oil may not be so healthy after all

(Newser) - Like cooking with vegetable oils as a "healthy" alternative to lard and butter? A professor in England has some bad news: When you heat up oils such as sunflower or corn oil, they produce intense concentrations of chemicals known as aldehydes that have been associated with dementia, heart disease,... More »

Man Killed by His Tapeworm's Cancer

CDC researchers haven't seen anything like this before

(Newser) - Centers for Disease Control researchers say it is one of the strangest and most unsettling cases they have ever encountered. The researchers say that scans of a very ill man in Colombia revealed what "looked like cancer, but the tumors were composed of cells that were not human,"... More »

How One Woman Spent Final Days With Dying Husband

One Reddit user was determined to live, not just survive, the final moments

(Newser) - When 26-year-old Bangalore native Anukriti Mehta learned that her cancer-ridden husband, 28, had one month to live, she reached out to others on Reddit for tips on how best to live, as opposed to merely survive, their final days together. She pulled together tips that ranged from the practical (sort... More »

Superfan Gets Dying Wish, Watches Star Wars Early

He was given two months to live in July, six months before The Force Awakens opens

(Newser) - More than a month before the film likely shatters all box-office records, the makers of Star Wars: The Force Awakens took the time out of their busy schedule to screen an unedited version of the film for a dying fan, Mashable reports. Daniel Fleetwood, 32, was diagnosed with a rare... More »

Meat Industry: Bacon Causes Cancer? Baloney

Group says WHO report 'defies common sense'

(Newser) - Meat producers are out in full force to combat the WHO's assertion on Monday that processed meats cause cancer , while red meat is "probably" carcinogenic. The National Cattlemen's Beef Association says that though the WHO considered 800 studies, its report came from a panel of 22 experts... More »

WHO: Bacon Is a Carcinogen

Health agency issues controversial warning about processed meats

(Newser) - The World Health Organization delivered bad news to bacon lovers Monday morning, declaring that the breakfast staple causes cancer. In fact, the report by a WHO research arm found that all processed meats, including sausages, ham, and hot dogs, are carcinogens, reports the Guardian . Specifically, the report says that 50... More »

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