New Research Shows Blood Test Can Find Colorectal Cancer

The 2018 Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium begins this week in San Francisco, running from January 18th to the 20th. This meeting covers the latest science in cancers of the esophagus, stomach, pancreas, small bowel, colon, rectum, and anus. Drawing experts from the United States and internationally, it is an opportunity for people to exchange ideas about how to improve the treatment of cancers that affect parts of the gastrointestinal system. You can learn more about research from this symposium by following the #GI18 hashtag on Twitter. One of the studies that will be presented at…

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Quick Test Could Spot Precursor to Esophageal Cancer

FRIDAY, Jan. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A pill-sized device that you swallow might help detect a change in the esophagus that can lead to a deadly form of cancer, researchers are reporting. The esophagus is the tube that carries food from your mouth to your stomach. And the change that occurs in the esophagus, known as Barrett’s esophagus, usually results from long-term reflux. Barrett’s esophagus is considered a precursor to a type of cancer called esophageal adenocarcinoma. More than 80 percent of people diagnosed with this cancer die within…

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How to Share Your Story—And Help Save Lives

Voices on Cancer is an award-winning Cancer.Net Blog series where advocates share their stories and the lessons they have learned about being a cancer advocate. Tamika Felder is the founder of Cervivor, a nonprofit organization that brings the collective wisdom of cervical cancer survivors together to create a community of advocates. She’s committed to eradicating the stigma of cervical cancer’s link to the human papillomavirus (HPV) and sharing essential information about HPV, cervical cancer, and cervical cancer prevention. When I was diagnosed with cervical cancer, I never planned on becoming a patient…

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Health Tip: Perform Regular Skin Checks

(HealthDay News) — Many skin cancers can be found early if you perform regular skin checks at home, the American Cancer Society says. The best time to do a monthly exam is right after a bath or shower. You should check for any new or changed moles, blemishes or birthmarks. Here are the Cancer Society’s suggestions for performing a skin check: Face a mirror and check your face, ears, neck, chest and belly. Women should also examine their breasts and surrounding areas. Check your underarms, both sides of…

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I Survived Melanoma and I Want You to Know: Indoor Tanning Is Dangerous

Ashley Drury, 30, is a Florida native and stage 4 melanoma survivor. I started using indoor tanning beds in high school and was instantly addicted to everything about them—the warmth, the humming noise, the way a tan boosted my confidence. Shortly after I started tanning as a hobby, it also became my career. For 6 years I worked in the tanning salon industry, including 3 years in management. I recruited all of my friends to either work or tan alongside me. I attended trainings to learn about each layer of…

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