These Close-Up Images Show Exactly What Different Types of Skin Cancer Look Like

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The moment we’ve all been waiting for us here- it’s summertime! Kids are streaming out of their classrooms to the tune of school bells chiming for the last time and everybody is making their way to the nearest coastline. But before you dive into the fun, be sure to ask yourself, “How’s my beach bod?” No, we’re…

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Blood Tests Could Replace Biopsies and MRIs for These Conditions

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Although our blood contains a huge amount of information, technology seems to be still catching up to what we can learn from this lifeforce. In the past, blood tests could only reveal so much about the internal state of our bodies. Now, technology has and continues to emerge that allows us to get even more…

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43-Year-Old Tennessee Woman Has Had 86 Skin Cancer Surgeries in the Past 20 Years

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Lisa Pace had been a basketball player in her high school and college days, and being photographed in her pale, light freckled skin didn’t do much for her self-esteem. She hated it, and using her friend’s tanning bed, her self-tanning journey began in high school. In the year 2000, at the age of 23, she…

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You Can’t “Starve” Cancer, But You Might Help Treat It With Food

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Most people are already aware of the importance of diet for preventing or managing conditions like diabetes, liver disease, digestive issues, and cardiovascular disease. But an increasing number of people will now receive advice from their medical care providers to pay close attention to their diets to help prevent or help treat certain types of…

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When Did Cancer Become the “Norm”

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What’s going on with the C word. In the last hundred years, cancer rates have truly skyrocketed, and in this day and age, it is believed that everyone either knows cancer personally or by association with friends and family. Rising cancer rates can be partially explained by the fact that we are simply living longer,…

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Can You Get Lung Cancer Without Smoking? This Healthy 28-Year Old Did

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Stephen Huff, 28, grew up playing baseball in Tennessee. After earning a scholarship as a pitcher, Huff was drafted by the Chicago White Sox. He exercised every day, ate well, and even said he tried to eat organic. He could run eight miles at a time. Huff was the very picture of health—an athlete who…

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Judge Rules 3-Year-Old Must Receive Chemotherapy Against Parents’ Wishes

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A Florida judge ruled on May 8th that a toddler must receive chemotherapy treatment for his leukemia diagnosis against the wishes of his parents, who wish to pursue alternative treatment, including cannabis, instead. Noah McAdams had been diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in April of this year and had already begun chemotherapy treatment at John…

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‘Bruise’ turned out to be deadly melanoma hiding on 21-year-old’s nail

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Karolina Jasko was a senior in high school when a strange spot appeared on her right thumbnail. The technician at her local beauty salon noticed it, a thin line vertically across the nail as if she drew it with a black marker. Neither person recognized this as a potentially deadly symptom. For the past few…

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A Nova Scotian Self-Written Obituary Reminds People to “Live a Little”

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What would you do if you were diagnosed with incurable cancer? In Bailey Matheson’s obituary, she encourages people to “live a little”. Diagnosed two years ago, Bailey Matheson reminds us that “none of us know how long we’re here, so you might as well enjoy it. Enjoy the ride.” Bailey grew up in Cape Breton,…

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Ketogenic Diet and Cancer: What This Brand New Research Is Telling Us

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No matter which side of the fence you’re on when it comes to the ketogenic diet, recent groundbreaking studies are starting to point out that it’s likely here to stay, but not for reasons you might expect. [1] A strict keto diet provides up to 90% of a person’s daily calories from fats and limits…

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Cryotherapy Treatment Saves Nurse with Stage 4 Cancer

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A nurse with stage 4 esophageal cancer has been in a five-year remission thanks to cryotherapy. Karie Fisher, a nurse from Colorado, was initially fatigued six years ago in 2013 when she thought she might have had a vitamin D deficiency, which an estimated one billion people have worldwide [1] Then, she began coughing up…

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Bottle of Wine a Week Equals 5-10 Cigarettes for Cancer Risk, Study Shows

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“How many cigarettes are there in a bottle of wine?” Ideally, you won’t find any cigarette butts in the bottom of your chardonnay, but it’s a serious question a team of UK researchers recently sought to answer. The scientists, led by gastroenterology expert, Theresa J. Hydes, published a study in the March 28 issue of BMC Public…

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Mom Bans Heavy Smoking M-I-L From Touching Baby Unless She Showers and Changes First Each Time

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Good parents know that they represent their child’s first and often only line of defense. They want what’s best for their kids, even if it means disagreeing with friends, family members, or social norms. Their child’s health, wellbeing, and future is their #1 concern. Unfortunately, sometimes this means playing “bad cop” with other very important…

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Dr. Oz: “If you’re putting off your first colonoscopy, don’t.”

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Years after Dr. Mehmet Oz had his first colonoscopy in August of 2010, he’s ready to share about his personal health scare and why he’s grateful that he didn’t put off the diagnostic procedure. Today, he calls his first colonoscopy “a big wake-up call”. His doctor had found and removed a sizeable polyp from his…

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Doctors Kept Dismissing My Back Pain Until I Was Finally Diagnosed With Terminal Cancer

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Tori Geib of Bellefontaine, Ohio suffered from chronic back pain. Since it’s estimated that about 80% of Americans will at some point experience back pain, it certainly wasn’t unusual when she sought medical attention. Tori visited three different rheumatologists in attempts to find the real cause of her chronic back pain. She got all kinds…

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6-Year-Old Girl Was Diagnosed With an Aggressive Brain Tumor. Two Weeks Later, Her Little Brother Received the Same Diagnosis

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A couple in Torrance, Los Angeles probably had the worst two weeks of their lives when both of their children were diagnosed with brain cancer. Duncan and Nohea Avery were terrified when their 6-year-old princess, Kalea was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a deadly and aggressive brain tumor. Two weeks after her diagnosis and surgery, the high…

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Researchers Treat HER2-Positive Breast Cancer Without Chemo

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HER2-positive breast cancer is a type of aggressive cancer marked by uncontrolled production of breast cells. About 20% of women and men diagnosed with breast cancer have HER2-positive cancer, specifically. (1) How is HER2-Positive Breast Cancer Usually Treated? Currently, oncologists treat HER2-positive breast cancer patients with surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, or targeted treatments like Herceptin (trastuzumab),…

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Is MuTaTo the Cure for Cancer We’ve Been Looking For?

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“We believe we will offer in a year’s time a complete cure for cancer.â€� This is a bold statement made by Dan Aridor, chairman of the board of an Israeli company known as Accelerated Evolution Biotechnologies. Aridor is talking about a pre-clinical treatment, MuTaTo, which was developed by Ilan Morad and a team of researchers…

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New Research: Eating Just Two Of These Nuts Could Prevent Cancer, Anxiety, Depression, Heart Attack, and More

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Brazil nuts come from the Bertholletia excelsa tree, which is in the Lecythidaceae family and found in the Amazon. In Brazil, they are known as semilla de Brazil, which means Brazilian seed. Brazil nuts are often eaten raw or blanched, and although they are called nuts they are actually seeds. In the tropics, monkeys and birds…

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Israeli company claims it has created new technology that can destroy cancerous tumors

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An Israeli company named Alpha Tau Medical is breaking new ground in the destruction of cancerous tumors. Alpha Tau medical has developed a new technology called targeted radiotherapy.  Targeted radiotherapy differs from regular radiotherapy. Regular radiotherapy has a long viability duration, which is not very favorable for the human body. Targeted radiotherapy is a new…

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NINE-YEAR-OLD BOY WITH TERMINAL CANCER HANGS ON TO MEET BABY SISTER

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Angels do live among us, albeit sometimes without the wings and halos. Nine-year-old British boy Bailey Cooper had a mission to accomplish despite being exhausted from unimaginable pain. He held on harder than is expected of a nine-year-old because he had to meet his little sister. 28-year-old Rachel Cooper, Bailey’s mom told him during her…

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7 Items Linked to Cancer, Obesity, and Decreased Life-span to Throw Away Immediately

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A lot of people complain about the tons of medical and wellbeing advice floating around and how it’s impossible to keep up with all of them. That may be true, but prevention will always be better than a cure. We are exposed to a lot of harmful materials in our environment on a daily basis. Some of…

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New therapy cures cancer with just one injection

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Chemo and Radiotherapy can be effective treatments for cancer. The downside, of course, is a range of difficult side effects experienced during treatments. Fortunately, a type of treatment that aims to harness the immune system to combat cancer (called immunotherapy) could completely change the way cancer is treated in the future. What is it? A…

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How to Use Frozen Lemons: An Easier Way to Harness the Health Benefits

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Most people say ‘When life gives you lemons – make lemonade’. In this post we’ll tell you why we prefer to say ‘When life gives you lemons – freeze them’! Lemons are probably the most versatile and popular type of citrus fruit. There is an incredible amount of hype around this fruit, while a lot…

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Cancer Cells’ Use of Sugar Holds the Key to Their Destruction

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Scientists have suggested a way to improve treatments that use viruses to attack cancer. It exploits the fact that cancer cells need a lot of glucose and must metabolize it rapidly to survive. Oncolytic viruses specifically target and enter cancer cells and use the cells’ machinery for their own multiplication and spread. They destroy tumors from the…

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8 Anti-Cancer Foods You Need to Add to Your Diet

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You know how important food is for maintaining your daily health. The vitamins and minerals found in food are crucial for the proper functioning of your body and every system it contains. It has been proven time and again that what food you consume has a direct impact on your total body health. Adding the…

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Dog the Bounty Hunter Addresses Wife Beth Chapman’s Cancer Diagnosis

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If you’re familiar with American reality television, then you are no stranger to Dog the Bounty Hunter. For those of you who are unfamiliar, it was a series that followed Duane “Dogâ€� Chapman, his wife Beth, and the rest of his bounty hunting crew on various jobs. A&E aired the series for eight seasons from…

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Nail Clubbing: How One Woman’s Lung Cancer Was Diagnosed with Her Nails

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The pros and cons of social media will forever be debated. On one side, there are people who always highlight the negative effects of social media, from stress to anxiety to depression. However, it’s impossible to ignore the positive sides of social media – one of which is communities that look out for each other….

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Cancer Took 27-Year-Old Holly Butcher’s Life – This Is Her Touching Life Advice

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It’s a question that everyone inevitably asks themselves at some point in their life: Why do bad things happen to good people? Many people start looking for answers to this question later in life. But, others begin much earlier. One of those people was Holly Butcher, a 27-year-old from Australia who was diagnosed with a…

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Basal Cell Carcinoma: How Carrie Doles’ Tanning Bed Habit Caused Skin Cancer

Pierre Van ZylCancer, Heal, Health Awareness, Learn, News + Discoveries, Pain Management

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Winter is coming… For some people, that means hopping on a plane or cruise and chasing the sun! Others will take a faster route and opt for their local tanning salon to get their dose of artificial sunshine. You might want to think twice, however, after hearing this story from a 34-year-old mother-of-two from Chicago,…

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Scientists Find a “Kill Switch� in the Body That Can Destroy Any Type of Cancer

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In 2017, a student in Nigeria developed a promising cure for breast cancer. In the same year, scientists developed a new form of cancer treatment that cured two infants of leukemia without chemo! A group of Spanish scientists may have even found a way to halt cancerous tumor growth. Cancer is an unbelievably devastating disease. But…

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Why Fragrance Is the New Secondhand Smoke

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You’ve seen it on the label of your laundry detergent. You’ve seen it on the label of your personal care products such as lotion and shampoo. You’ve seen it on the label of your dish soap, perfume, and bug spray. Simply the word “fragrance.â€� But what exactly does this word mean? And why should we…

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Why Fragrance Is the New Secondhand Smoke

Pierre Van ZylCancer, DIY Remedies & Green Beauty, Heal, Health Awareness, Healthy Aging + General Wellness, Learn, Make, Mental Health, News + Discoveries, Pain Management, Women’s Health

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You’ve seen it on the label of your laundry detergent. You’ve seen it on the label of your personal care products such as lotion and shampoo. You’ve seen it on the label of your dish soap, perfume, and bug spray. Simply the word “fragrance.â€� But what exactly does this word mean? And why should we…

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Vulvar Cancer: How One Mom’s Skin Condition Turned into a Dangerous Cancer

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Imagine going through two decades of unsuccessful doctor’s appointments and visits to specialists. It would be a miracle if you didn’t lose your mind trying to nail down what was ailing you. What would be worse is finding out years later that this mysterious problem of yours is actually an uncommon and dangerous type of…

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Early Signs of Cancer that Every Woman and Man Needs to Know

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Cancer is a mysterious killer we still know so little about. Despite successful treatments and declining death rates in the United States, the American Cancer Society estimates that 1,735,350 people will be diagnosed with cancer by the end of 2018. (1,2) That’s approximately 4,700 cancer diagnoses every single day. Over the last two decades, a…

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List: Worst Laundry Detergent Brands Linked to Allergies, Cancer, and More

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Laundry detergent can be a lot like a rich, decadent dessert. You can smell it from down the street and it’s baked to absolute perfection. But, deep down inside, you know that those refined ingredients and cups of sugar can have both short-and-long-term effects on your health. In the same way, just because laundry detergent…

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Finally! New Blood Test Could Catch Lung Cancer Before It’s Too Late

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With any cancer diagnosis, the one factor that determines the entire path forward is whether it was detected early enough. This is especially poignant with lung cancer. Lung cancer is the second most common cancer in both men and women in the US, and is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide. [1] Early detection…

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Thyroid Cancer: Early Detection for the Fastest Growing Cancer in Women

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The thyroid gland is a part of the endocrine system. The endocrine system produces hormones that regulate the normal functions of the body. The thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland at the base of the throat. It has a left and right lobe. The isthmus is the part of the thyroid gland where the lobes…

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The #1 Problem Cancer Survivors Everywhere Are Starting to Face

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As more people survive cancer treatment, more are experiencing the mental fog known as chemo brain. Scientists are calling for more answers to this problem. Heather Von St. James has learned to write things down. “It’s more than being forgetful. It’s almost as if parts of my memory are missing,â€� the 49-year-old Minnesota resident told…

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A teacher battling cancer ran out of sick days. School employees showered him with theirs

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Robert Goodman, a 56-year old history teacher who has taught at Palm Beach Gardens Community High School for 23 years, one day unexpectedly learned that had stage 3 colon cancer. CNN reports that the Florida public school teacher realized he’d need at least an additional 20 sick days to accommodate his chemotherapy…days he did not have….

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