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Secondhand smoke a killer to nonsmokers

Most men and women who smoke tobacco are fully aware of the damage they might be doing to their bodies. In addition to increasing their risk for lung cancer, smoking can also increase a person's risk for heart disease and other potentially deadly ailments.

What those men and women might not know is the extent of the damage their smoking is doing to those around them. According to the American Cancer Society, secondhand smoke is responsible for 3,400 lung cancer deaths among nonsmokers each year. Gaining a better understanding of secondhand smoke might help smokers quit once and for all.
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Melanoma the Most Serious Form of Skin Cancers

Though certainly not the most common form of skin cancer, melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer. According to the American Melanoma Foundation, the incidence of melanoma has been steadily increasing for the last three decades.
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Did you know?

Cancer is the name given to a group of more than 100 diseases. What these diseases have in common is the rapid growth of cells in a part of the body. In a healthy body, the cells grow, divide and eventually die in an orderly fashion. Young people's cells divide faster, which allows them to grow. However, when a person has cancer, the cells start to grow out of control. Whereas normal cells would eventually die, cancer cells continue to grow and form new, abnormal cells that invade other tissues, something normal cells cannot do.
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Skin cancer facts & figures

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime. Despite that prevalence, skin cancer remains the proverbial elephant in the room, a disease men and women are certainly aware of, but many prefer not to think about. Thanks to a societal trend that associates a deep tan with beauty, many men and women prefer to avoid the subject of skin cancer. However, as the following facts and figures about skin cancer attest, skin cancer is a topic that cannot be ignored and one men, women and children alike need to learn about to better reduce their risk of experiencing this largely preventable disease.
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Wilms' tumor a lesser known foe to children

The word "cancer" is used to refer to a group of more than 100 diseases. Because of that, it can be hard to keep track of all the different types of cancers, and some are inevitably bound to gain more attention or headlines than others.
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Did You Know?

According to the National Cancer Institute, cervical cancer is almost always caused by human papillomavirus infection.
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