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    1. Girl's Guide to Preventing, Avoiding, Treating, and Even Beating Cancer

      By Ashley Ross and Sophie Banay Moura Cancer: The word alone can paralyze us. Instead of protecting ourselves, we resort to magical thinking—it won't happen to me. That's a mistake. Rates of the top five cancers in women 20 to 39—in order, they are breast, thyroid, melanoma, cervical, and colorectal

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    2. Cancer: Should You See a Specialist?

      A cancer diagnosis can be scary. You want to make sure you get the best treatment possible. But how do you know who to go to? No matter what type of cancer you have -- or whether you need surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, or all three - should you see a doctor who specializes in your particular type

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    3. Understanding Carcinoid Tumor

      Carcinoid tumors are a rare, slow-growing type of cancer that can be cured if caught early, but is difficult to diagnose. Most carcinoid tumors start in the gut, including the intestines, appendix, rectum, colon, stomach, and pancreas. They account for about one-third of all tumors of the small inte

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    4. 8 Ways to Help Your Doctor Make the Right Diagnosis

      When you feel sick, achy, or exhausted, you want to know why. You want to know now. But it's not always easy to find the right diagnosis, especially when your symptoms are vague or common. And unfortunately, some of the time the experts come up with a misdiagnosis. Nobody knows the exact number of c

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    5. Carcinoid Tumors: When Surgery Isn't an Option

      When carcinoid tumors are at a more advanced stage, surgery may not be possible. However, other treatments can help manage these neuroendocrine tumors. Although these treatments don't cure the cancer, they can help slow or stop the growth of the tumor and ease symptoms. Depending on the location of

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    6. What Is Carcinoid Syndrome?

      Carcinoid syndrome is a set of symptoms caused by some carcinoid tumors, which grow out of cells that are part of the endocrine system. These tumors sometimes produce too many hormones, such as serotonin, which cause the symptoms of carcinoid syndrome. Carcinoid tumors are usually slow to grow and s

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    7. Top Trending Searches on WebMD in 2011

      Psychologists, social scientists, and even medical sleuths now mine Internet search trends for insights. Small wonder, day by day, hour by hour, the sudden popularity of particular search terms is a useful barometer of what moves, worries, or intrigues us. At WebMD, the terms vary widely, but the ca

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    8. Avastin Nixed for Breast Cancer Treatment

      The FDA has ruled that the cancer drug Avastin is no longer approved for treating advanced breast cancer -- but can still be used for other cancers. In a news release, the FDA stated that Avastin "has not been shown to be safe and effective" for treating breast cancer, but that Avastin would stay on

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    9. 5 Things Young Women Must Know About Breast Cancer

      Just a few months before learning that she had breast cancer, Christina Applegate got a shocking insight into the struggles faced by other young women also at high risk for the disease -- and who don’t have the resources of a Hollywood celebrity. Because her mother had battled breast cancer and ovar

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    10. Breast Cancer: Sex and Intimacy

      Having a serious illness almost always takes some kind of toll on your sex life. But breast cancer can bring all thoughts of intimacy and sexuality to a screeching halt. Treatments can bring on temporary -- and sometimes permanent -- premature menopause, making intercourse painful. Chemotherapy and

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