28 of the most dangerous things science has strongly linked to cancer

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Cancer is the No. 2 cause of death in the US, second only to heart disease.

It fundamentally affects the way our cells grow and divide, changing them in perverse ways. All cancer is a result of damage or genetic mutations in our DNA. The nasty, debilitating class of diseases spreads through a body like an invading army, as toxic cells grow relentlessly into unruly tumors.

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How social media can reveal overlooked drug reactions

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When patients connect online, they often share information that reveals how treatments work in the real world.

When Allison Ruddick was diagnosed with stage 3 colorectal cancer in October 2014, she turned to the world of hashtags.

After her initial diagnosis it wasn’t clear if the cancer had metastasized, so she was in for a nerve-wracking wait, she says. She wanted outside advice. “But they don’t really give you a handbook, so you search kind of anywhere for answers,” Ruddick says. “Social media was one of the first places I went.”

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This Silicon Valley startup has quietly raised $500 million to help diagnose cancer using controllers

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Since its debut six years ago, Redwood City-based startup Auris Health has quietly raised $500 million to develop a series of tools designed to innovate surgical robotics technology.

The company’s latest product, Monarch, is a controller-operated robotic camera that allows physicians to visualize the inside of the human body.

The technology, which was approved by the FDA earlier this month, could become a key tool in helping physicians diagnose lung cancer early on.

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