Processed meat and cancer link depends on nitrite content

In 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) classified processed meats as Group 1 carcinogens, citing sufficient evidence that they cause cancer in humans. Now, a new review challenges this blanket classification, having found that the strength of the evidence varies according to whether the meat contains nitrites. Share on PinterestNot all processed meats are equally […]

Cancer survivors report an information gap in treatment side effects

Cancer treatments can save lives, but they also often cause a range of side effects. A recent patient survey in the United States has revealed how people feel about these effects and the information gaps that currently exist. Share on PinterestA new patient survey reveals the information needs of people receiving cancer treatment. About one-third of people […]

Eddie Van Halen thinks he developed cancer from sucking on metal guitar picks, but a doctor says this probably isn’t true

Eddie Van Halen blames his metal guitar plectrums for developing cancer, according to TMZ. Sources told the site that the guitarist has been flying between the US and Germany to treat throat cancer, which he thinks was caused by the picks he used to keep in his mouth during shows. Van Halen was diagnosed with mouth […]

Student borrowers with cancer can now pause their payments

Nearly a year ago, Congress passed a law allowing people with cancer to press pause on their student loan payments. Yet borrowers haven’t been able to access the so-called cancer deferment because the U.S. Education Department didn’t provide the companies that administer its federal student loan programs with an official application. Now that form is available and eligible […]

Obesity Effect on Cancer Risk Twice That Currently Thought

Current estimates of the effect of obesity in increasing the risk for cancer are based on observational studies and may be underestimating the effect. The risk may be twice as large as is currently thought, says a group of international researchers who report a new approach to estimating the risk. They conducted a systematic analysis of genetic […]

Obesity rivals smoking as cause of cancer, UK charity warns

Excess weight causes about 1,900 more cases of bowel cancer than smoking in the UK each year. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo Obesity is rivalling smoking as a cause of cancer, responsible for more cases of bowel, kidney, ovarian and liver cancer than cigarettes, according to the UK’s leading cancer charity. Smoking is still the biggest cause of […]

Calling on a cancer coach

In a room no larger than an ATM booth, with crutches stacked against the walls, 10 women shuffle about listlessly, waiting for a class to begin. Most have come from different parts of Maharashtra, some from states like Kerala and West Bengal. While there are some differences in their socioeconomic backgrounds, they are all united […]