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Coping with Menopause Caused by Breast Cancer Treatment

For premenopausal women, especially those who plan to have children, breast cancer treatment can have some worrying consequences. In 2011, over 50,000 of the more than 230,000 U.S. women diagnosed with breast cancer were under the age of 50. The average age of U.S. women at menopause is 51, and for premenopausal women, especially those who plan to have children, breast cancer treatment can have some worrying consequences.

How Medical Detection Dogs Sniff Out Illness

Researchers are training dogs to detect certain cancers. Here's how they do it. Dogs are known as man's best friend—and here's another reason why they live up to their reputation: They may be able to detect cancer. Canine Cancer Screening How do pups go from canine companions to diagnosis dogs? They're trained at Medical Detection Dogs, a charity in Milton Keynes, England.

Can Antioxidants Make Cancer Worse?

Food for thought, for cancer patients and others. The word "antioxidants" conjures up images of brightly colored carrots, ripe, juicy tomatoes, and plump blueberries, perhaps held by fit-looking individuals with glowing skin and shiny hair. Antioxidants, which are substances that prevent and delay cell damage, are found in fruits and vegetables, but they also come in pill form—vitamin C is an antioxidant, for instance.

Common Side Effects From Chemotherapy

What causes common chemo side effects like skin rashes, hair loss, fatigue, and infections, with tips on how to cope. If you or a loved one is undergoing chemotherapy to treat cancer, you know that just getting through the day can be a challenge, due to the side effects of treatment. Understanding what causes these side effects and learning how to treat them may make it easier for to cope.

10 Helpful Apps for Cancer Patients

Let these cancer management apps help you cope. Dealing with cancer—and the symptoms and treatment side effects that often go along with it—can be quite stressful. But today, there are numerous resources you can access on your smartphone with the swipe of a fingertip. These apps can help you manage your condition on the go, and get a better handle on everything you’re grappling with.

Are You at Risk for Pancreatic Cancer?

Many people have lesions on their pancreas, which can lead to cancer. Now, researchers are finding out who is at highest risk. Here’s what you need to know--including 7 warning signs. Intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasms. You may not be familiar with the term, but these lesions in the pancreas, an organ that releases digestive enzymes and hormones, are actually very common. They affect 10 to 40 percent of people, for most of whom these ominous-sounding lesions are nothing to worry about.

The Top 6 Carcinogens in America

Plus, how to avoid exposure to these cancer-causing substances. Cancer is an unfortunate fact of life for many: It affects nearly 1.66 million people in America annually, and this number does not include those diagnosed with many skin cancers. While doctors have determined that certain cancers often have a genetic basis, others are due to environmental factors.

Common Cancer Screening Techniques

How do these common tests detect potentially deadly cancers? The earlier a cancer is diagnosed, the better the patient’s chances of survival. For instance, a woman whose breast cancer is diagnosed an early stage has a 93-100% chance of surviving five years, according to the American Cancer Society. However, someone diagnosed with a very advanced case has just a 22% chance of surviving the same amount of time.

The Facts About 4 Common Cancers

… And how you may be able to prevent them. What makes a cancer "common"? According to the National Cancer Institute, a common cancer has an estimated annual incidence of at least 40,000 cases. Here we look at the facts and stats surrouding four of the most common cancers in the United States—cancers that affect the breasts, prostate, colon, and lungs.

Colon Cancer Screening: A Life-Saving Step

The importance of early detection--and a new option. If you’re 50 or older and you’ve been neglecting a colon cancer screening, you could be putting your life in danger. The American Cancer Society recommends that adults age 50 and above have a colon and rectal (often referred to as colorectal) cancer screening every five to 10 years, depending on the testing method used; people at high risk of these cancers should be screened more frequently.