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BY Heather Alexander Dahl

Poop may be the favorite topic of preschoolers, yet very few adults want to talk about it. And if a problem shows up, like blood in your stool, it can double the embarrassment.

But blood in your stool can be a sign that something needs attention in your body, so it’s worth a conversation with your doctor.

“The thing that everyone worries the most about is cancer, but blood in your stool can be caused by a whole variety of...

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BY Cynthia DeMarco

Constipation, diarrhea, and abdominal pain can all be symptoms of colorectal cancer.   

But they can also be signs of other conditions...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Almost everyone will experience a swollen lymph node at some point. That’s because these structures are designed to filter germs and other...

BY Naveen Pemmaraju, M.D.

Some cancer symptoms are fairly straightforward. With breast cancer, it’s often a lump. With skin cancer, it may be a mole that changes shape or a strange-looking sore that won’t heal.

But because blood cancers like leukemia affect the entire body, their symptoms can often be mistaken for signs of other conditions. So, it’s usually a number of symptoms taken together that lead to a formal leukemia diagnosis.

Common leukemia...

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BY Catherine Wright

I was pregnant with my second child when I began having constipation. It turned out to be my first symptom of rectal cancer, but I didn’t...

BY Robbie Johnson

Before I enrolled in one of MD Anderson’s triple-negative breast cancer clinical trial in November 2016, I was in a dark place. I’d been re-diagnosed...

BY Mena El-Sharkawi

A little over a year ago, Robbie Johnson was desperately searching for the right metastatic breast cancer treatment.

"I’d been...

BY Mena El-Sharkawi

Jerry McLeary can recall the exact moment he just knew that his journey with a rare form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma would end happily.

BY Zachary Grubbs

In high school, I didn’t have much of a social life. I had trouble with insomnia, anxiety, paranoia, depression and apathy. As time went on...

BY Devon Carter

Because its symptoms are often vague, ovarian cancer can be hard to diagnose. And a definitive diagnosis requires a biopsy, which is best...