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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Tobacco’s Grip on U.S. Veterans

THURSDAY, Jan. 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Nearly 40 percent of U.S. military veterans smoke or use some form of tobacco. Data from 2010-2015 revealed that 21.6 percent of veterans reported current use (within the past 30 days) of cigarettes, 6.2 percent used cigars, 5.2 percent used smokeless tobacco, 3 percent used roll-your-own tobacco, and 1.5 percent used pipes, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Tobacco use was higher among veterans than non-veterans for males and females across all age groups, except…

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