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BY Cynthia DeMarco

Bloating, diarrhea and abdominal pain are three of the most common symptoms of ovarian cancer. They’re also some of the easiest to overlook. Perhaps it’s because they can also be signs of so many other conditions, including indigestion, a stomach virus, and even the cramps that can accompany a woman’s menstrual cycle.

“I attributed my bloating to a strong course of antibiotics I’d just finished,” says Angela Hernandez, who was...

Waist-level photo of slender white sweater-wearing woman's hands struggling to button up her jeans

BY Ronda Wendler

Gardner syndrome is a rare, inherited condition where people develop hundreds and sometimes thousands of abnormal growths in their large and...

BY Kris Sokolowski

The running joke in my family is that I’m always at the doctor’s office. I’ve never missed a checkup since I was in my early 20s. And I go...

BY Jaystan Davis

I was just coming off of my first year playing college basketball in August 2021 when I was diagnosed with stage IV colorectal cancer.  

I felt scared and very confused. I’ve always watched my weight and cared about what I put in my body. So, I didn’t understand how I could have colon cancer at the age of only 19. 

I learned the reason right after my diagnosis: genetic testing showed I have Lynch syndrome....

20-year-old colorectal cancer survivor Jaystan Davis, smiling and giving the "thumbs-up" sign from his hospital bed

BY Devon Carter

An estimated one in every 288 people has Lynch syndrome. “It’s about 1 million people in the United States,” says Eduardo Vilar-Sanchez, M.D...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

If you’re age 45 or older, your doctor may have already talked to you about the need to start getting a colonoscopy to check for polyps.&nbsp...

BY Devon Carter

Polyps are clusters of cells that can develop in the entire gastrointestinal tract, but they’re more likely seen in the small intestine, colon...

BY Rebecca Howell, Ph.D.

I’ve never been diagnosed with cancer, but I still get screened at MD Anderson for both breast cancer and skin cancer every year. And I tell...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Many cancers have been linked to genetic mutations, whether they’re inherited or occur spontaneously.

Certain BRCA mutations, for instance...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Though it happens very infrequently, sometimes people develop a second type of cancer in addition to the first. This could be due to a number...