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BY Heather Alexander

Before you buy sunscreen, it’s important to understand what sun protection factor, or SPF, means. That’s the number you see on the bottle when you’re picking out your sun safety products.

A sunscreen’s SPF is a measure of how well it protects you from getting a sunburn. But a higher SPF number doesn’t necessarily mean better protection from sun damage.

In fact, choosing a sunscreen based only on a high SPF can lead...

Blue background with bottle of sunscreen and different levels of SPF.

BY Kelley Murfin

Ewing’s sarcoma is a rare cancer that can occur in the bones or soft tissues. It’s more common in children and teens than in adults, but it...

BY Ashley Stringer

In 2017, I began experiencing shortness of breath when exercising on the treadmill. I’d noticed commercials on TV about COPD, and I thought...

BY Lauren Rose

Receiving a brain tumor diagnosis can be overwhelming. There are so many different types of brain tumors and treatment options, and you may feel like you have more questions than answers.

To help you navigate your diagnosis and questions, neurosurgeon Jeffrey Weinberg, M.D., and neuro-oncologist Shiao-Pei Weathers, M.D., break down the most commonly searched questions about brain tumors.

How many types of brain tumors are...

brain tumor questions answered

BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

If you’ve recently received a cancer diagnosis, you may have heard the word “metastasis” or been asked by someone if your cancer has metastasized...

BY Howard Dillard, M.D.

As an internist with my own practice, I’ve been referring my patients to MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center for many years when they are faced...

BY Alessandra Land

When I was diagnosed with triple-negative inflammatory breast cancer in October 2020, it was jarring, to say the least. I was only 38&nbsp...

BY Kelley Murfin

Myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs) are a group of rare chronic blood cancers that are often challenging to treat,with few approved treatments...

BY Catherine Powers-James, Ph.D.

Social anxiety is the reluctance to engage in everyday activities you normally enjoy, because you’re worried about making a mistake, feeling...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recent announcement that those who’ve been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no longer...

BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

Last updated June 4, 2021

A mastectomy is one of the most well-known types of breast cancer treatment. MD Anderson breast surgeons...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Thousands of people will get screening exams for breast cancer, cervical cancer and lung cancer this year. Others will get diagnostic tests...

BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

Last updated June 4, 2021

A lumpectomy is the most common type of surgery used in breast cancer treatment. At MD Anderson, our breast...

BY Kristi Nelson

If you were faced with something bigger and scarier than you initially knew how to deal with, how would you handle it? Would you sit back...

BY Kasey Bass

I was a junior at Texas A&M University when I first got diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer after a quick visit to the campus health...

BY Nancy Gajan

In early 2020, I woke up in the middle of the night to use the restroom. By chance, my hand brushed my right breast, and I felt a lump the...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

To a cancer patient, one of the most magical words in the English language may be “remission.” For those fortunate enough to hear it, it imparts...

BY Emma Letterman

Not long after my acute myeloid leukemia diagnosis in May 2019, my local oncologist said I’d probably need a stem cell transplant. At the...

BY Catherine Powers-James, Ph.D.

Burnout is the combination of exhaustion, detachment and cynicism that can sometimes develop when we’re faced with unrelieved stress over...

BY KirstiAnn Clifford

Clinical Nurse Christine Durana donates blood so often, she takes a photo of her arm each time to help her remember when it’s been 56 days...

BY Mike Zenner

I’m an average guy that has never been that concerned about my health care. But once I got into my 60s, I started doing annual exams and cancer...

BY Meagan Raeke

Oropharyngeal cancer includes cancers of the tonsils, base of the tongue and other parts of the throat. It’s usually caused by the human papillomavirus...

BY Danielle Underferth

Masking, social distancing and hand washing remain important routines that prevent COVID-19 infection even if you’ve been vaccinated. But...

BY Elayne Gorhum

In 2016, my daughter was six months old, and I was still working on recovering from a difficult pregnancy. I had gone back to work as a special...

BY Ronda Wendler

Lynn Hill practices what she preaches. As a coach for one of the country’s top weight loss and wellness programs, Lynn, 66, cooks nutritious...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Any time you see a new doctor, one of the first things they’ll ask about is your medical history. That’s because everything from the aftermath...