Women are being coerced into breastfeed their partners in Uganda, and in parts of Tanzania and Kenya—and researchers are beginning to look into the underground phenomenon that’s been linked to gender-based violence.     Researchers from Kyambogo University in Kampala and…

Cancer patients have better chances of survival than ever—but managing cancer as a chronic illness can bring a lifetime of “financial toxicity.”   Breast cancer is the costliest malignancy, with medical costs slated to reach $16.5 billion in the US this year.   For…

Hispanic women in the US have an outsized risk of getting—and dying from—cervical cancer. Contributing factors range from genetic to socioeconomic and cultural.   In the Rio Grande Valley, even women who access Pap smears likely won’t have access to follow-up services for…

WHO hatched a plan last year to defeat cervical cancer worldwide. To track progress toward that ambitious goal, researchers published updated numbers on the disease’s toll in the Lancet Global Health.   Here’s what they found:

Since the FDA acknowledged the link between textured breast implants and a rare lymphoma in 2011, hundreds of cases have been diagnosed.   The offending implants have been recalled, but women still must confront a lack of knowledge about this rare cancer and struggle to…

What does 2 decades of war do to veterans’ health? To find out, McClatchy analyzed Veterans Affairs medical billing data from 2000-2018, as wars triggered by 9/11 raged in Iraq and Afghanistan. The analysis found sharp increases in treatment for prostate and urinary…

Renewed US sanctions against Iran have damaged the country’s ability to import critical medicines, threatening the health of millions of Iranians.   Already, the sanctions are causing suffering—especially for Iranians with leukemia, epidermolysis bullosa (which causes…

Parents—and doctors—blame the massive Ilva steel plant for the area’s high number of cancer cases, calling it a “cancer factory” and pushing for its closure.   The factory has spewed toxic red dust around Taranto, Italy for 6 decades—flouting environmental standards.    

When researchers discovered a weed toxic to sheep showed promise against a rare genetic condition, Gorlin syndrome, a pharmaceutical company jumped to test it. 

The town of Reserve, Louisiana has 50X higher cancer risk than the US national average. No household is untouched by the disease, and this Guardian series—Cancer Town—tracks residents’ quest for clean air in “Cancer Alley,” which sits between New Orleans and Baton Rouge.  …