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Blanket term for a class of diseases in which cells lose the function called apoptosis" and continue to grow uncontrolled. Can also refer to the study of this uncontrolled growth, as well as its invasion and/or destruction of other tissues which is known as metastasis. The term "cancer" covers hundreds of different conditions.

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Do biopsies accelerate cancers?

Once seen on TV, a woman interviewed on why she avoids having a biopsy for her suspected cancer, claiming that a biopsy will only accelerate it, thus more dangerous than beneficial. Searching for a ...
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Are synthetically produced chemicals not found in nature more likely to be harmful than naturally occurring ones?

Since everything is made from chemicals the often made claim that we should avoid food that doesn't contain chemicals doesn't make any sense. But the underlying idea that synthetic chemicals are ...
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Does smoking cigarettes cause lung cancer?

My friend is a smoker. His dad is a doctor. Both claim there is no firm proof that cigarettes cause lung cancer. This article makes a similar claim -- in particular that smoking cigarettes is not ...
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Does living near a nuclear power plant cause cancer?

One man who believes that nuclear energy is bad for nature told me that living near to a nuclear power plant causes cancer. I visited one nuclear power plant and they confirmed the words of our ...
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Do tanning beds cause cancer? Does their risk outweigh the risks of vitamin D deficiency in northern countries?

For a long time I've heard that tanning beds cause cancer. Here a quote from an article on MSNBC in 2009: International cancer experts have moved tanning beds and other sources of ultraviolet ...
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Are political leaders from Latin America unusually prone to cancer?

Venezuela's entertaining president, Hugo Chavez, was recently reported to have speculated that the USA has developed a secret technology to give cancer to left-wing leaders in Latin America. I think ...
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Does German New Medicine work?

German New Medicine is a medical treatment developed by Ryke Geerd Hamer. Hamer claims that the cause for every cancer is a "biological-conflict shock". The German New Medicine is a set of findings ...
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Is there an epidemic of cancer?

It is nearly 50 years since Rachel Carson's Silent Spring was published where she popularised a belief that we are all being poisoned by artificial chemicals. For the first time in the history of ...
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Does soursop cure cancer?

I was linked a website about the effect soursop has in fighting cancer. The website heavily implies that soursop is an effective cancer treatment similar to chemo. source Chemotherapy is a widely ...
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Does eating meat increase your risk for cancer?

I just read an article in the german magazine "Der Spiegel" about a recent study claiming that 40% of all cancers are preventable. The article states specifically that one of the factors is the ...
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Does eating charred meat cause cancer? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Does burning your food increase your risk of getting cancer? I've been told that I shouldn't eat charred meat (and at least sweep the charring off of a barbequeued sausage), ...
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Did Steve Jobs fall prey to alternative medicine?

Dr. Ramzi Amri makes a stern case on the other Q/A site. Let me cut to the chase: Mr. Jobs allegedly chose to undergo all sorts of alternative treatment options before opting for conventional ...
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Does screening for prostate cancer save lives?

The Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) Test is used by doctors in many regions of the world to test for prostate cancer and other prostate disorders. Some people recommend its use for screening - i.e. ...
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Is skin cancer the leading cause of cancer death of young adult women?

According to a Reuters article California state senator Ted Lieu said: "If everyone knew the true dangers of tanning beds, they'd be shocked. Skin cancer is a rising epidemic and the leading ...
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Is routine screening for breast cancer for asymptomatic women worthwhile?

Relatively recently, the United States Preventive Services Task Force made a small change in what its recommendations for routine mammograms, suggesting that they should not be performed on asymptotic ...
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Did nuclear tests on the Marshall Islands cause increased cancer rates?

The Marshall Island have been the site for many nuclear tests by the United States. While it has a small population of around 69,000, they have benefitted by receiving around $759 million dollars in ...
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Are cancer recovery rates the same as they were in 1920?

Related: Have any “cures” been invented since the 1950's or so? I ran across the movie Cut Poison Burn, who's abstract is as follows: Cut Poison Burn is a controversial, eye opening, and sometimes ...
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Are pap smears obsolete?

Years ago a number of articles in the popular press indicated that the Papanicolaou test (aka pap smear) was obsolete, being replaced by vaccines and genetic tests. For example: New advanced DNA test ...
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Are women who have had children less likely to get breast cancer?

We had a guest over for dinner who's step-mother had breast cancer some years ago. It was also mentioned that this woman had never had children, and both our guest and my wife related that they had ...
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Can antioxidants prevent cancer?

Antioxidants are often touted as some kind of miracle cure for all kinds of illnesses. They are supposed to prevent damage caused by reactive oxygen species (ROS) to the cells by scavenging those ROS ...
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Do organic cigarettes, such as American Spirit, contain less radioactive material than other brands?

Many cigarettes contain radioactive polonium from the use of phosphate/apatite fertilizers. The National Institutes of Health lists tobacco as by far the largest source of radiation for the American ...
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Is this new study on cell phone / cancer connection legitimate?

Insanely related: Do mobile phones have anything to do with cancer? I was just sent THIS article, which claims that a new study does show a link between brain cancer and cell phones: This new ...
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Does burning your food increase your risk of getting cancer?

About a year ago I heard that burning your food can lead to an increased risk of getting cancer. The explanation was that the burned portion of the food was carcinogenic. The Carbon that would be ...
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Are there documented cases of people that were cured from cancer without surgery,radiation and/or chemotherapy?

It's a typical claim of many alternative therapies: a cure for cancer. I was wondering if there are any documented cases of people who were cured from cancer without any of the typical therapies (...
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Does radon gas significantly increase one's chances of getting lung cancer?

When I was buying a house, one of the environmental checks that had to be done was the level of radon buildup in the building. It turns out the house that I bought has just below the recommended safe ...
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Does Burzynski have a miracle cancer cure being suppressed by the FDA?

I received this Mercola announcement for the movie, Burzynski about Stanislaw Burzynski's (allegedly) amazing cure for cancer, which uses antineoplastons. The Mercola article claims some fairly ...
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Is Red Bull carcinogenic and does it pose a health risk?

I've seen hundreds of reports, from various sources online claiming that Red Bull contains a substance that causes cancer and that so far it may have killed three people. However I believe in most ...
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Does dichloroacetate cure cancer? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Dichloroacetate (DCA) as a cure for cancer I saw this today: http://hubpages.com/hub/Scientists_cure_cancer__but_no_one_takes_notice Canadian researchers find a simple ...
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Are mitochondria “natural cancer fighting cells”?

The article Scientists cure cancer, but no one takes notice claims big pharma and the media are ignoring dichloroacetate because it's out of patent protection - but that question is answered at ...
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Does taking a contraceptive pill increase your chance of getting cancer?

It is a common thing to hear among women discussing contraception, and in the press: A 45 per cent increase in the disease was found among women who had been taking the second generation Pill for ...
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Does alcohol cause cancer?

The latest Cancer Council of Australia claims that alcohol "probably caused about 5.6 per cent of cancers in Australia" and that there is no safe amount of alcohol to consume. http://www.smh.com.au/...
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Does regularly drinking from a plastic container cause cancer?

I drink water from my plastic cup regularly and a friend commented that it could cause cancer. He also added that I should not heat food in plastic containers or wrappings in the microwave as that ...
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Do abortions cause breast cancer?

Conservapedia's sub-article on Abortion and Breast Cancer claims that there is an undeniable link between breast cancer and abortions: The vast majority of scientific studies have shown that ...
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Is cancer a man-made disease?

Not too long ago a story about a study examining mummies for the prevalence of cancer caused a flurry of articles in the media claiming that cancer is a man-made disease. The researchers claim that ...
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Do mobile phones have anything to do with brain cancer?

Is there evidence for a correlation between the use of mobile phones and the occurence of brain cancer? If yes, is there also evidence for causality?
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Do plant sterols prevent prostate cancer?

Not a day goes by without me hearing a "super mega beta prostate" (or some other similar product) commercial. Super Beta Prostate is a natural prostate supplement made with beta-sitosterol designed ...
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Does the artificial sweetener aspartame cause cancer?

I've often heard that the artificial sweetener aspartame causes cancer. Is it true?
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Dichloroacetate (DCA) as a cure for cancer

A while ago I read about a cheap and safe drug that kills most cancers. It was the already known compound dichloroacetate (DCA) and the discovery was widely reported in the media. The results at that ...