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BY Cynthia DeMarco

In some ways, 2005 was a challenging year for Carrington Marzett. The 15-year-old sophomore was still settling in after a recent move from Oklahoma to Midland, Texas. Then, she was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

“It was rough going through cancer treatment while I was still getting acclimated to a completely new place,” says Carrington, now 31. “I lost my hair twice, so I always wore a bandana. And I had to debunk...

Leukemia survivor Carrington Marzett today as an adult

BY Molly Adams

Tattoos have been around for centuries, but how do they impact our modern approaches to screening for cancer? As more women reach the suggested...

BY Bella Lawlar

I was about halfway through my cancer treatment for soft tissue sarcoma of the nasal cavity — a type of nasopharyngeal cancer —when I decided...

BY Logan Carver

If life hands you lemons, do NOT squeeze them outside. When I tried that, it soured my summer in a single afternoon.

Citrus fruits, as well as several commonly found plants and vegetables, contain furocoumarins. These are organic compounds that, when exposed to UVA light, create a chemical reaction called phytophotodermatitis that kills the skin cells. As I have learned, it can be extremely painful.

Limes are often the worst...

Logan Carver's leg peels as it heals from phytophotodermatitis. Painful blisters persisted for nearly 2 weeks before the damaged skin began to fall off.

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Diabetes affects roughly 10% of people in the United States. Another 1 in 3 has pre-diabetes, or elevated blood sugar levels that don’t quite...

BY Meagan Raeke and Lany Kimmons

Peritoneal mesothelioma is a rare and aggressive cancer that affects the lining of the abdomen, known as the peritoneum. Although they’ve...

BY Abdel Monem Said Aly, Ph.D.

In my almost 73 years on this planet, I’ve been in a war, been held as a political prisoner, and been diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

The highly contagious delta variant continues to be the most dominant strain of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, causing thousands of new COVID-19 infections...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Melanoma is a type of skin cancer that occurs in melanocytes, the cells that carry pigment.

But are there different types? How is it...

BY John Sullivan

In August 2019, I noticed a small lump on the right side of my neck while shaving. I immediately thought to myself that this was not normal...