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Archive for April, 2011

Why no cure for cancer yet?

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This week’s question comes from Peter Borak of San Diego, CA: Why haven’t you (Ryon) found a cure for cancer?

Aside from (unfairly) putting me on the spot, he raises the question of why there is no cure for cancer 30 years after declaring “war” on the disease. But, is cancer really curable? Would there be one cure for cancer, or would the best therapies be a more tailored approach?

Has scope of the problem been underestimated?

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April 29th, 2011 at 6:06 pm

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How can cancer be prevented?

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I am excited to finally write on this topic. This blog is all about cancer education and awareness. What could be more important than being aware of cancer prevention techniques?

But how do you prevent cancer? How does cancer risk work? This week’s article is the result of many hours delving into the scientific studies of preventing cancer. I promise to not sound banal. Some of the hard science may surprise you.

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April 23rd, 2011 at 7:02 pm

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If cancer were a color, what color would it be?

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Since it’s my birthday I figured I’d post something a little different for this week’s article, which was inspired by Randall Hollis, a rising young artist in San Diego, CA.

“Here’s a random stupid fun one I thought of: If cancer were a color, what color would it be!? (literal and figurative)”

If cancer were a color, it would be… orange? Just like that appetizing fungus to the right… Read on.

Cancer for Dummies now has over a dozen articles! I have no plans of stopping any time soon, and feel free to check out previous articles on the main page. And if you’re so bold, feel free to submit your own “dumb” question. It’s the readers’ curious minds that fuel this blog.

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April 15th, 2011 at 9:59 am

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When is cancer considered terminal? What does that mean?

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Happy Saturday, readers!

This week I answer the second part of a question from Akosua Tom in San Diego, CA: When is cancer “terminal” and what does that mean?

Short answer: Cancer is often deemed terminal when it has begun to spread, or metastasize. In a previous article I discussed how difficult it is to design therapies that can selectively destroy cancer cells. So, the best defense against cancer is to either not get it at all (which is an option to some, but not all) and to catch cancer in its early stages, before it has begun to spread.

If there is anything that you, dear reader, get out of this educational blog, it is the importance of catching cancer early.

For additional topics, please visit the Cancer for Dummies main page. Thank you for your inquiries!

Ryon

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April 9th, 2011 at 9:50 am

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Can Smoking Cause Cancer Even After Quitting?

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This week I answer a question from Akosua Tom in San Diego, CA: Can smoking cause cancer even after quitting?

Yes. Why? The mutations in DNA caused by carcinogens in tobacco smoke can linger for decades, and set in motion an accelerated rate of DNA mutations, and associated hallmarks of cancer.

This week marks the eleventh article of Cancer for Dummies. Check the main page to see them all. Thanks for your inquiries!

Ryon

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April 2nd, 2011 at 7:23 pm

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