In 1990, Dr. Mary-Claire King discovered the human gene BRCA1 which is linked to breast cancer. Soon after, Myriad Genetics cloned and patented it. She was sent a cease-and-desist letter to stop researching it. Finally in 2013, the US Supreme Court ruled that human genes cannot be patented. hopkinsmedicine.org/resea…
Cancer patients who opt for alternative therapy die at twice the rate of those who stick with conventional cancer therapy. jamanetwork.com/journals/…
Three-quarters of U.S. teens and adults are deficient in vitamin D, the so-called "sunshine vitamin" whose deficits are increasingly blamed for everything from cancer and heart disease to diabetes, according to new research. scientificamerican.com/ar…
Near the end of filming the movie Matilda, Mara Wilson's mother passed away from breast cancer. Director Danny DeVito was able to show a near final cut of the film to her so she could see her daughters performance. The movie is also dedicated to her memory. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mat…
Commerical Flight Attendants and Pilots are 4x more likely to get cancer in their lifetime, because of the time they spend flying, with a thinner atmosphere and more solar particles. They recive 3x more radiation a year than a nuclear plant employee ehjournal.biomedcentral.c…
When there's merely a suspicion of testicular cancer in a man, a testicle must be removed in almost every case, so a biopsy can be performed after the fact, and doctors can assess if the cancer has spread. melmagazine.com/en-us/sto…
A 'cancer patient' underwent surgery to remove a lump in his lungs. It turned out to be caused by a toy traffic cone he inhaled 40 years ago. He did not have cancer after all. theguardian.com/uk-news/2…
Angelina Jolie had a mastectomy due to having an 87% risk of breast cancer and a 50% risk of ovarian cancer. Her chance of developing breast cancer dropped from 87% to under 5% after the mastectomy. cnn.com/2013/05/14/showbi…
Lance Armstrong owns a coffee shop in downtown Austin, Texas called "Juan Pelota Cafe". The name is a joking reference to his testicular cancer, with the name "Juan" being considered by some a homophone for "one" and "Pelota" being the Spanish word for "ball". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lan…
Black garlic is simply garlic that has been left to ferment at high heat. It's loaded with nearly twice as many antioxidants as standard raw garlic and contains a naturally occurring compound called s-allylcysteine, a contributing component in cancer prevention, & lowers bad cholesterol businessinsider.com/9-mag…
Linus Pauling, the extremely smart scientist who claimed Vitamin C would treat the common cold, prolong your life, and cure cancer, died in 1994 due to prostate cancer, a disease that he said vitamins would cure. theatlantic.com/health/ar…
Trey, famous for his 'basketball game tomorrow' on Vine, did not only win the match, but also beat cancer after being diagnosed at just 11 abcnews4.com/sports/prep-…
When Martin Short appeared on the Today Show in 2012, one of the co-host commented how Short has one of the greatest Hollywood marriage and asked "why they were still madly in love?" Short replied because he's "cute"... his wife died of cancer in 2010. hollywoodreporter.com/liv…
Christopher Reeves’s wife Dana died 2 years later than him from lung cancer after never smoking a cigarette. Leaving their son William orphaned at 13. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan…
Today I learned about Lurleen Wallace, the first female governor of Alabama. Elected in 1967, and died 18 months later in office from cancer. Diagnosed in 1961 the doctor (as custom back then) told her husband, segregationist Gov. George Wallace, who then kept the information secret from her until 1965. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lur…
Scientists have improved upon CAR-T: a living drug made by genetically engineering a patient's T-cells kill cancer cells. They found a new type of T-cell that could attack a wider range of cancers than the existing CAR-T. This raises the prospect of a 'one-size-fits-all' cancer treatment. bbc.com/news/health-51182…
The word "cancer" is derived from the Latin term for crab because translations of Hippocrates observed that in surface-level tumors, "the veins are stretched on all sides as the animal the crab has its feet". Greek tradition forbade opening the body, so the description was limited to skin. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
Albert Stevens, the survivor of the highest dose of accumulated radioactive intake, was unconsensually chosen for the experiment. Due to a misdiagnosed terminal cancer, the chief radiologist chose Stevens for the test since "he was doomed to die" anyway. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alb…
The character Roz Doyle (played by Peri Gilpin in Frasier 1993-2003) is named as a tribute to a producer of the television series Wings (having the same creators as Frasier), who died from breast cancer in 1991 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roz…
The last words of Osamu Tezuka, the creator of Astro Boy and Kimba the White Lion, were: "I'm begging you, let me work!", spoken to a nurse who had tried to take away his drawing equipment. He died of stomach cancer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osa…
Deer antlers grow more like bone cancer cells than like regular cells. However, deer have one-fifth the cancer rate of other mammals. This could lead to new ways to fight cancer. sciencemag.org/news/2019/…
Between 1600 - 1800, chimney sweeps in their adolescence often suffered and died from Chimney Sweep Cancer, a horribly painful and fatal cancer of the scrotum. chimneysolutions.com/blog…
The Renault 5 was designed by Michel BouΓ© in his spare time, and when the Renault executives learned of BouΓ©'s work, they were so impressed that they approved it for formal development. However, BouΓ© did not see the final product, having died of cancer several months before the 5's launch. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ren…
Australia has the highest rate of skin cancer because of a hole in the ozone layer. medicalxpress.com/news/20…
A shade of purple called "rebeccapurple" in web development is a memorial to Rebecca Alison Meyer, daughter of CSS developer Eric Meyer. Rebecca passed away on her sixth birthday from brain cancer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eri…
Today I learned about Dr. Farid Fata, an oncologist who falsely diagnosed 500+ patients with cancer they never had, subjected them to unnecessary treatments, including chemo, and then fraudulently billed over $30 million to their insurance. He was sentenced to 45 years in prison after pleading guilty in 2014. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Far…
Apollo astronaut Edgar Mitchell took home a 16 mm camera from the Lunar Module that would have otherwise been destroyed. Mitchell tried to auction the camera to help medical treatments for his son who had cancer before he agreed to relinquish the camera by donating it to the Smithsonian palmbeachpost.com/article…
In 2005 researchers made a groundbreaking discovery of a novel gene that causes cancer when mutated and tried naming the gene Pokemon but were promptly threatened with a lawsuit by Pokemon USA because the company "did not want Pokemon associated with cancer" psmag.com/environment/son…
Vincent Gallo and Roger Ebert feuded over Ebert's criticism of Gallo's film "The Brown Bunny." Gallo said he hexed Ebert's colon to give him cancer, to which Ebert replied watching his own colonoscopy was more fun than watching Gallo's film. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
On May 14 1945 Albert Stevens's gastric ulcer was misdiagnosed as terminal cancer and was injected with a very lethal and the highest dose of plutonium administered to any human but went on to live for another 20 years as the plutonium Pu-238 (half-life: 88 yrs) slowly decayed within his body wikivisually.com/wiki/Alb…
Nick Newton, the inventor of the starting block, had no athletic experience and was a heavy smoker until his forties. After his daughter became involved in track, he became a Masters sprinter and set records even after surviving testicular cancer en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nic…
After his presidency, US Grant lost nearly every cent in a Ponzi scheme. Shortly after, he was diagnosed with terminal throat cancer. Pushing through the pain, and with the help of Mark Twain, Grant penned his autobiography in order to not leave his wife with no financial security. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
In 2013, a truck hauling Cobalt-60, a radioactive isotope of cobalt often used in cancer treatment, was hijacked by thieves who were unaware of the truck's contents. The truck was found abandoned 2 days later in a cornfield near Mexico City, with the cobalt outside of its protective casing. nbcnews.com/news/world/st…
Today I learned of The Conqueror, a 1956 movie produced by Howard Hughes, starring John Wayne and filmed downwind from a nuclear weapons testing site. 91 crew members later developed cancer including Wayne and his two sons. Panned by critics, Hughes purchased every print to keep it out of circulation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Leigh Brackett, the original screenwriter of The Empire Strikes Back, died from cancer in 1978 before the film began production. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lei…
Mr. T had T-cell lymphoma. He said, β€œCan you imagine that? Cancer with my name on itβ€”personalized cancer.” Fortunately he was able to beat it and is cancer free. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
About Gambling's biggest recorded losers. The #1 loser is Terrance Watanabe who bet more than $825 million. He would gamble for days on end, often losing more than $5million a day and was responsible for 5.6% of Vegas's gambling revenue. He later was unable to pay for his cancer treatment. casino.org/blog/what-happ…
Actress Anne Ramsey - better known as Mama Fratelli in "The Goonies" and Mrs. Lift in "Throw Momma From The Train" - had a famously unique speech slur left over after surgery from esophageal cancer in 1984. That cancer would later return in 1988, and was the ultimate cause of her passing en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ann…
The first owner og Marlboro cigarettes, died of lung cancer en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
While dying of stomach cancer and hospitalized in 1989. Osamu Tezuka (creator of Kimba and Astro Boy) was still able to draw tons of sketches with his pens and paper. His last words was "I'm begging you, let me keep working!" as a hospital nurse took away his pens and paper so he could rest. tofugu.com/japan/osamu-te…
A male can develop breast cancer healthline.com/health/men…
91 year old Jimmy Carter became cancer free after months of treatment for a deadly cancer that spread to his brain. His doctor said, "He's a physically and mentally active individual who's in the best health possible for someone in his age group..." cnn.com/2015/12/06/health…
Even though bigger animals have more cells (more cells=more mutations), they aren't more susceptible to cancer. It's called Peto's Paradox. bmcbiol.biomedcentral.com…
A woman's advanced metastatic breast cancer was cured with an experimental immunotherapy treatment. DNA in Judy Perkins' tumor tissue was analyzed for mutations specific to her cancer; billions of her unique T cells were lab-grown & infused back into her body with the aid of two drugs. npr.org/sections/health-s…
Bowhead whales are the only baleen whales native to Arctic waters, and their thick triangular skulls are designed to crack through ice.These whales are considered the longest living mammals and can live for 200+ yrs.Specific mutations in their DNA give these whales enhanced resistance to cancer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bow…
In 2013, Australian blogger Belle Gibson claimed to have beaten brain cancer using 'natural remedies' β€” selling a cookbook to cancer patients with all her 'secrets'. It was later revealed she never even had cancer, and was fined $410,000 by the Australian government for her deceptive practices. abc.net.au/news/2017-09-2…
Kurt Vonnegut adopted his sister’s three sons after she died of cancer two days after her husband died in a train accident. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kur…
While in English kk is slang for ok, in Dutch, kk is slang for kanker, which means cancer, and is one of the most offensive Dutch swear words. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dut…
Non-invasive prenatal testing, which draws blood from the mom to detect fetal abnormalities, can detect maternal cancer. Multiple severe chromosomal abnormalities can mean mom has cancer rather than fetus has many birth defects technologyreview.com/2015…
Today I learned of stuntman Mark Joseph Connolly, who sued for damages when he was permanently injured being hit by a flying motorbike while filming Mission Impossible II in 1999. In 2007, he died at age 45 of unrelated pancreatic cancer a few hours after learning he had won about a $1 million settlement. nzherald.co.nz/entertainm…
Kombucha is claimed to treat AIDS, aging, anorexia, arthritis, atherosclerosis, cancer, constipation, and diabetes, but there is no evidence to support any of these claims. Moreover, the beverage has caused rare cases of serious adverse effects, including fatalities. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kom…
Today I learned about Peto's Paradox, a paradoxical observation stating that contrary to what you would think, larger organism have lower rates of cancer than do smaller ones. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
In 1998, a scientist who was cut off from the rest of the world at an Antarctic station, developed breast cancer and had to operate on herself-to extract tissue samples for analysis. She had ER experience and was on call with US medics. A plane airdropped equipment. She was later evacuated. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jer…
Metallica's song "The God That Failed" is inspired by lead singer James Hetfield's mother who was diagnosed with cancer and refused medical treatment, relying on her faith in God instead... en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Skin cancer is more common on the left side in Americans and on the right side in Australians ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Apollo 13 astronaut Jack Swigert ran for Congress in 1982 and won, but died of cancer before taking his seat. He publicly disclosed his illness during the campaign. nytimes.com/1982/12/29/ob…
Doctors used to encourage young girls to wear training bras in the belief that it would protect them against breast cancer later in life daily.jstor.org/how-train…
Allen Carr, author of 'Easy Way To Quit Smoking', has helped over 30 million people successfully quit smoking. He died in 2006 due to Lung Cancer. allencarr.com/free-inform…
Heart cancer is not as common as other kinds of cancer because heart cells do not often undergo cell division, which reduces the chances of mutations that might ultimately lead to cancer. scienceabc.com/humans/why…
Clonally transmissible cancers exist. These cancers can be transmitted between individuals without the involvement of an infectious agent (unlike e.g. HPV-associated cervical cancer). They are very rare in humans but more common in dogs, Tasmanian devils and clams. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clo…
HIV is reported cured in two patients both of whom benefited from bone marrow transplant procedures that were actually intended for treating cancer, not HIV nytimes.com/2019/03/04/he…
A man thought he had bladder cancer but he actually had a fully functioning female reproductive system. telegraph.co.uk/news/heal…
Since 9/11 more than 37,000 first responders and people around ground zero have been diagnosed with cancer and illness, and the number of disease deaths is soon to outnumber the total victims in 2001. theguardian.com/us-news/2…
Concorde flew so high passengers received twice the dose of radiation from flying in a conventional aircraft, which was believed to increase cancer risk. The flight deck contained a radiometer so they could descend in case of a solar storm. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
A woman named Angela adopted a cat and named her Missy. Missy pawed at Angela's chest and Angela felt that was not right and went to the doctor only to reveal that Angela had cancer. A year later Missy pawed Angela's chest again and tests revealed cancer again. asiaone.com/world/cat-sav…
Kelsey Grammer's personal life has been beset by family tragedies. His grandfather died of cancer when he was 12 years old. In 1968, his father was murdered in a home invasion. In 1975, his sister was abducted, raped, and murdered. In 1980 his two half-brothers died while they were scuba diving. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kel…
After Icelandic actor StefΓ‘n Karl StefΓ‘nsson (LazyTown's Robbie Rotten) died of cancer at age 43, there was no funeral, per his wishes. Instead, "his earthly remains [were] scattered in secrecy in a distant ocean." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
Hitler hated smoking. In addition, German doctors were the first to link smoking with cancer, leading to the first ever public anti-smoking campaign. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
In one 2003 estimate, a 68-year-old man who had smoked two packs per day for 50 years (100 pack-years) had a 15 percent risk of developing lung cancer in the next 10 years if he continued to smoke. This risk would drop to 10.8 percent if he quit smoking. verywellhealth.com/what-p…
The probability of cancer within organisms of the same species is correlated to the number of cells of each organism, but the probability of cancers across species is not correlated to the number of cells in each species. This is called Peto's Paradox. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
An AIDS defining illness is Kaposi's sarcoma. This type of cancer is very rare and mostly affected elderly men of Mediterranean or Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry. It can be found in AIDS patients of all backgrounds, and causes purplish legions in the skin, lymph nodes, and other organs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kap…
Dr. Seuss, one of the most known children's author, cheated on his wife while she had cancer.After finding out about the affair, she committed suicide and a year later, Dr. Seuss married his mistress. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dr.…
The street Fighter movie had: spent 22% of the budget casting Jean-Claude Van Damme, a script written in one night, Kylie Minogue shoehorned in as Cammy by the Australian Actors' Guild, M. Bison with terminal cancer; which caused rushed fight training sometimes just hours before a scene was shot en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Str…
Eduard Bloch was an Austrian Jew and was Adolf Hitler's family doctor, whom treated his mother while she had breast cancer. When Hitler came into power he granted Eduard the rank of "Noble Jew", which made him immune to anti-semantic laws. He was immune from the Nazi's. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edu…
Tapeworms can give humans cancer scientificamerican.com/ar…
In 1984 an 8 year old girl with sickle cell disease developed acute myeloid leukemia. To treat the cancer, the doctors gave her chemo and a stem cell transplant from her sibling. Not only did this cure her cancer, but it cured her SCD too. She remains disease free nearly three decades later. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Approximately 1 out of 3 Americans will be diagnosed with cancer at some point during their lifetimes cancer.gov/about-cancer/u…
Men with breast cancer have poorer outcomes than women. It’s rare in men but it’s rising. Procedures and drugs to treat it have mostly focused on women. At 3, 5 years after diagnoses, men have lower survival rates than women. FDA is asking pharma to include men in future breast cancer studies. jamanetwork.com/journals/…
After cigarettes were first linked to lung cancer, cigarette companies attempted to make them healthier by adding asbestos filters. scienceabc.com/humans/rea…
Today I learned of oncolytic viruses, viruses that are genetically modified to target and kill cancer cells abcnews.go.com/Health/res…
Deer antlers are a controlled form of bone cancer sciencemag.org/news/2019/…
Tall people are at greater risk of cancer because they have more cells and for every 10cm of height within the typical range for humans the risk increases by about 10%. theguardian.com/science/2…
Peter Falk lost his right eye at the age of three because of cancer. He wore a fake eye for the rest of his life, which gave him his trademark squint. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
The only 2 patients to be cured of HIV were also undergoing cancer treatment at the same time; meaning they became cancer free AND HIV negative at the same time en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ber…
Marie SkΕ‚odowska Curie changed the world not once but twice. She founded the new science of radioactivity – even the word was invented by her – and her discoveries launched effective cures for cancer. She is the 1st woman to win a Nobel Prize, and 1st person to win a second Nobel prize. biography.com/scientist/m…
Pornhub has a branch of their network called β€œPornhub Cares” where they focus on humanitarian efforts. Some of their causes are breast and testicular cancer research, planting trees, and funding student college scholarships. archive.attn.com/stories/…
, Nancy Priddy who had roles in the TV series Bewitched, and did backup vocals in The Song Of Leonard Cohen album is also the mother of actress Christina Applegate. Both her and her daughter survived from breast cancer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nan…
A contagious type of cancer called CTVT have been passed from dog to dog through mating and carries the DNA from it's first host, dated from 11.000 years ago. theatlantic.com/science/a…
The origins of Chemotherapy come from mustard gas during WWII when scientists realized that it damaged DNA and decreased the formation of blood cells by the bone marrow. They wondered if similar compounds would have a similar effect on cancer cell proliferation. And so Chemo was born. scienceblog.cancerresearc…
Ink, expelled as a defence mechanism by octopus, cuttlefish and squid, was used in writing for centuries In present times, this ink is used as a sauce for pastas and has also been proven to be effective in treatment for cancer. wikipedia.org/wiki/Cephal…
The little boy known as Batkid who β€œsaved” San Francisco while battling leukemia in 2013 is now cancer free. cbsnews.com/news/miles-sc…
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, is an NBA Hall of Famer and 19x NBA All Star. He is also a best selling author, actor, film maker. He was a former U.S. Cultural Ambassador, awarded the Double Helix Medal for his work in cancer research awareness, and also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kar…
Three suburban towns on eastern Long Island are seeing skyrocketing cancer rates. Meanwhile, breast cancer alone on all of Long Island is 13 to 18 times higher than the state average, and has been for decades. newsday.com/news/health/s…
Hydrogen sulfide, the gas that gives flatulence its repulsive smell, can help reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke, cancer and help stave off dementia nypost.com/2017/10/27/sni…
Today I learned that all of Jimmy Carter’s siblings died because of pancreatic cancer, including their father. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
No Bra Day was spun off a medical event to encourage breast cancer survivors to consider reconstructive surgery. It was named BRA (Breast Reconstruction Awareness) Day. Some see it as sexualizing and exploiting women's bodies while at the same time belittling a serious disease. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No_…
Taking antioxidant supplements, eg Vitamin C, that mop up free-radicals may increase one's risk of cancer. Once thought to cause ageing and disease, the highly destructive free-radicals are in fact essential to our health, involved in cell signalling and used to tear apart foreign invaders bbc.com/future/article/20…
Ernest Hemingway lived through anthrax, malaria, pneumonia, dysentery, skin cancer, hepatitis, anemia, diabetes, high blood pressure, two plane crashes, a ruptured kidney, a ruptured spleen, a ruptured liver, a crushed vertebra, and a fractured skull. en.wikipedia.org/?title=E…
In 1948 Babe Ruth, who was struggling with cancer at the time, met future president George H. W. Bush who at the time was the captain of Yale University's baseball team. nhregister.com/news/artic…
Medieval dentists knew how to fill cavities, treat facial fractures, could spot oral cancer, and even knew the basics of whitening teeth. Evidence also suggests they knew how to create dentures out of cow bone and human teeth. news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/healt…

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