The combination of poverty, smoking and coal mining may explain why Kentucky has more cancer than any other state in the country, and why cases are heavily concentrated in the Appalachian counties. Cancer rates are frequently higher where poverty is most concentrated, and…

Cervical cancer, often described as a disease of poverty, is highly survivable in the developed world. In North America it’s responsible for less than 3% of female cancer deaths. Other parts of the world aren’t so lucky. In Haiti, for example, the cost of surgery is…

African health care systems don’t have the manpower or medicines for rising NCDs, arguably the consequence of the continent’s rapid economic growth, warns Allan Pamba, vice president for East Africa at GlaxoSmithKline. High-consumption and sedentary lifestyles combined…

When it comes to health screenings and medical tests, knowledge isn’t necessarily power.

Exposure to high levels of DDT in the womb raises women’s risk of developing breast cancer by almost 4X, according to an analysis of 50 years of data published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.

Despite the significant burden of chronic kidney disease (CKD), the only hospital in Uganda with a dialysis unit has just 33 haemodialysis machines for a population of 36 million. CKD patients come from across the country for dialysis treatment; many have sold off…

Tricky to diagnose and treat, melanoma is reported in 160,000 people each year and causes 48,000 deaths. Yet, a Lancet editorial offers an optimistic take on progress against it. For a long time research didn’t keep up with clinical need: reported melanoma incidence in the…

By Lawrence N. Shulman, Julie Torode, and Claire M. Wagner WHO took an unprecedented step on May 8 by adding 16 new cancer medicines to its Model List of Essential Medicines, bringing the total number of oncologic therapies to 46. This is the largest addition to a single…

Patients with aggressive skin cancer have been treated successfully using a drug based on the herpes virus, in a trial that could pave the way for a new generation of cancer treatments. Among more than 400 patients, 1 in 4 responded to the ‘virotherapy’ treatment, and 16%…

Cuba has a promising therapeutic lung cancer vaccine, and American researchers hope the softening of the 55-year US-led trade embargo will help advance its potential.