Life and death inside a Chinese 'cancer village'

May 19, 2016
Villagers in central China blame a chemical factory for a high incidence of cancer.
Liuchong villager Zhang Runxiang, with her mother in 2013, died two days after this picture was taken. Villagers say their water has been poisoned by a chemical company.
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$3 billion worth of cancer drugs will be trashed this year

Mar 1, 2016
A new study from BMJ blames, in part, bad packaging.

Bad packaging means $3b in drugs will be wasted this year

Mar 1, 2016
A new report suggests drug makers are profiting from the waste.
A new report suggests drug makers are profiting from the waste.
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Why data may be the key to a cancer "moon shot"

Jan 13, 2016
Vice President Biden in charge of a moon shot to help find a cure for cancer.

The 'Angelina Jolie effect' on medical testing

Mar 24, 2015
In a New York Times op-ed, Angelina Jolie writes of a tough medical decision.
Director Angelina Jolie attends the UK Premiere of 'Unbroken' at Odeon Leicester Square on November 25, 2014 in London, England. 
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Study casts doubt on value of mammograms

Feb 12, 2014
But years of awareness campaigns and PSAs have patients asking for them, and doctors prescribing
A woman waits outside the mammogram and women's health services area on the first day of the fourth annual free health clinic at the Los Angeles Sports Arena in downtown Los Angeles September 27, 2012. 
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Expensive cancer treatment centers spreading to small cities

Sep 30, 2013
Even though they are not proven to be more effective than traditional treatment methods, more than a dozen proton beam therapy centers are under construction across the country, including one in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Cancer drugs are big money for big pharma

Aug 26, 2013
Amgen and AstraZeneca have both snapped up smaller firms that make cancer drugs.

China's toxic harvest: A "cancer village" rises in protest

Apr 17, 2013
Farmers in Liuchong village in the Central Chinese province of Hubei are standing up to a local phosphate mining operation and fertilizer factory they blame for polluting the village's water and air, killing their crops and livestock, and leading to a sharp increase in cancer rates in the region.