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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Mum Who Took Illegal Cannabis Oil to Battle Terminal Cancer Given the All-Clear

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Finding out that you are medically ill can be devastating, especially if the diagnosis is fatal. That’s what happened for 52-year-old Joy Smith. Two years ago, on August of 2016, her doctors diagnosed her with an incurable stomach and bowel cancer and told Joy that she would have around six weeks left to live –…

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How One Boy’s Obituary Reframed His Childhood Cancer Story

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There is nothing light-hearted about a loved one succumbing to cancer, and no family can prepare for the heartbreak that follows, especially when that person is their own child. But one 5-year-old boy’s creative obituary managed to help his parents cope with the difficulty of losing him and provided some comedic relief during a very…

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Common Heart and Blood Pressure Medication Recalled In 22 Countries Due To NDMA

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Drug recalls are a pretty common occurrence nowadays and valsartan, a drug used to control blood pressure and prevent heart failure, is the latest drug to be hit with a recall (1). About 2,300 batches of valsartan has been recalled in a total of 22 countries because it contains a chemical that has the potential…

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Roundup and Cancer – How One Man Is Seeking Justice For His Terminal Illness

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Many people will develop cancer for one reason or another during their lifetime, but 46-year-old Dewayne Johnson blames one product in particular for his cancer diagnosis – Roundup. Johnson isn’t just fighting for his life; he’s also fighting for justice in a case against the weed killer that he says gave him terminal cancer (1). Dewayne’s…

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EWG’s 10 Worst Sunscreens of 2018

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The safety and effectiveness of sunscreens is a topic that has garnered a lot of attention in recent years. The EWG just released their 2018 sunscreen guide and it includes their list of the worst sunscreens you shouldn’t be applying on your kids (or yourself for that matter). Here’s everything you need to know about…

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The Diet That Cured One Woman of Cancer and Has Researchers Awestruck

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In today’s age, it’s hard to find someone who has not been affected by some form of cancer. Whether you have experienced it yourself, or have a loved one who’s suffered from it, the battle against cancer is emotionally tolling. That’s why this mother-of-two chose to forgo her grueling cancer treatment in favor of a…

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7 Lifestyle Cancer Prevention Tips

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Everyone’s had to deal with cancer in some capacity, whether you’ve had it yourself or a loved one has suffered from it, it’s a disease that touches so many. Approximately 38.4% of people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with cancer at some point during their lifetime (1). But you have more control over getting…

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Chemo Brain & 18 Long-Term Chemo Side Effects You Never Hear About

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The first chemotherapy(chemo) agents appeared in the first world wars and were used as mustard gases to kill soldiers. (1) Since then, cancer patients from all over the world have opted to use chemo as part of their cancer treatment plan. Cancer cells grow faster than healthy cells. Chemo destroys these fast-growing cells and helps…

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3 Reasons Why You May Want to Avoid Getting a Mammogram So Fast

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The mammogram debate is alive and well. Some people praise mammograms while others oppose the x-ray imaging system. Over the years, however, some cancer experts have even started to question the seemingly outdated and potentially harmful breast cancer screening method that is still so prevalent today. But with so many institutions claiming that mammograms are…

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Cancer Cells Made to Kill Each Other

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From the Scripps Research Institute, is emerging a potential cancer treatment unlike the common, rigorous methods. A team of scientists, led by Richard Lerner, M.D., have conducted lab experiments in which they turned leukemia cells into normal immune cells with up to 80 percent efficiency.  What’s more, these “natural killerâ€� cells seek out and destroy…

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Spotting These Pancreatic Cancer Symptoms Could Save Your Life

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Cancer is ultimately the result of cells that uncontrollably grow and do not die. Normal cells in the body follow an orderly path of growth, division, and death. Programmed cell death is called apoptosis, and when this process breaks down, cancer results. Pancreatic cancer cells do not experience programmatic death, but instead continue to grow and…

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3 Types of Skin Cancer: Surprising Causes of Melanoma

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It’s a familiar feeling… The skies are clear and summer days are longer which means you’re getting ready to spend more time basking in sunlight. We don’t blame you – vitamin D is vital especially after a dark, cold winter. So, what’s the number one way to protect yourself from skin cancer? Spread on the…

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How You Can Still Get Cancer (Even If You Live A Healthy Lifestyle)

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Out of sight, out of mind is a saying many people live by but, when it comes to your food, this mindset could be sacrificing your health. While big-name billboard carcinogens such as smoking cigarettes and asbestos make all the headlines, millions of people consume potentially harmful toxic adulterants every single day. That red delicious…

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