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BY Heather Alexander

If medical tests cause you anxiety, you’re not alone. It’s common to feel stress or worry in anticipation of medical tests, during these tests and even while waiting for the results.

These feelings have a name: scanxiety.

When it comes to cancer screening, diagnostic tests and follow-up scans, scanxiety may be particularly intense. And undergoing these tests or seeing your doctor during the coroanvirus COVID-19 pandemic...

Illustration show woman sitting on chair holding her head.

BY Eva María Cárdenas

With cancer treatment — as with life — you can only make decisions based on what you know at any given moment. But new information becomes...

BY Clayton Boldt and Meagan Raeke

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) released a new draft colorectal cancer screening recommendation today, lowering the age for...

BY Danielle Underferth

Colorectal cancer is on the decline. Experts chalk that up to more people getting their regular colonoscopies, which can actually prevent precancerous polyps from becoming cancer.

But the disease is rising sharply in people ages 18 to 35, a population that is years away from getting their first screening colonoscopy. Colorectal cancer screening isn’t recommended until age 45 or 50 for most people.

“If the current trends...

Nancy You, M.D., talking to a young colorectal cancer patient

BY Danielle Underferth

Regular screening mammograms detect breast cancer early when they are easiest to treat successfully. But can a screening test called...

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 Heather Alexander

Your risk for cancer is linked to many factors, and some people are at greater risk than others.

Certain ethnic groups and people with...

BY Danielle Underferth

If you’re due for a mammogram, it’s important that you choose the facility wisely.

Getting the most accurate mammogram results possible...

BY Ronda Wendler

Lung cancer is by far the leading cause of cancer death. Each year, more people die of lung cancer...