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BY Danielle Underferth

You probably already know that donating blood can save lives.

But did you know that donating blood and platelets is risk-free to the donor, and it has some health perks for you as the donor?

We talked to Fernando Martinez, M.D., medical director of Transfusion Services and Donor Operations at MD Anderson, about some of the reasons you should donate blood.

You will get some important medical information

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BY Molly Adams

Under your skull, between your brain and the top of the neck, is an area called the skull base. The space is home to a platform where the...

BY Heather Alexander

Almost everyone has at least one mole, and you may already regularly check your moles for signs of change.

That’s a good idea since...

BY Devon Carter

Many cancers grow when there’s a glitch in the DNA of our cells. Sometimes that error is passed down from a parent to their child, and sometimes it’s caused by external factors like tobacco use. No matter the origin, understanding the genetic makeup of a cancer cell can help define a cancer diagnosis and ultimately lead to better care for a patient.

Commonly called FISH, fluorescence in situ hybridization is a laboratory-based...

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BY April Clayton

Whenever Jessica King returns to Houston for an appointment at MD Anderson, she has to make one stop before she leaves: a visit with Jill...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

When a small, painless lump began developing on Melissa Evans’ left arm near her elbow in late 2014, she didn’t give it much thought. The...

BY Ronda Wendler

Pam Blaine was on top of the world. She’d just graduated with a master’s degree in arts administration and landed a new job with the Utah...

BY Bradley Evans, Psy.D.

My melanoma diagnosis started out like many others: a suspicious mole followed by a dermatology appointment — and then, bad news. That was...

BY Thomas Mann

In February 2020, I went for my annual checkup in New Orleans, Louisiana, where I live. I received an excellent bill of health. However, I...

BY Naveen Pemmaraju, M.D.

Skin is the biggest organ we have. As such, it often acts as a type of window into the rest of the body. So, rashes and other skin disorders...