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    Only 50 years ago, the leading cause of cancer death among women was cervical cancer. But thanks to the Pap test becoming a regular part of women's annual gynecological exam in 1945, mortality from the disease declined by more than 70 percent. In other words, although we tend to just think of it as another part of our annual GYN exam, it's incredibly important and saves lives. Devastatingly, after one young woman in the U.K. wasn't allowed cervical cancer screening, the disease claimed her life.

    Dawn Weston was just 24 when she visited her doctor with excruciating back pain in December 2012. She was refused a Pap test because she was under 25 years old, which, in the U.K., is the minimum age for the simple procedure. After what sounds like an unreasonably long fight, she finally got the procedure in February 2013, which confirmed she had cervical cancer. Dawn endured another exam, treatment, biopsy, followed by internal and external radiotherapy.

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    Think the greatest danger at the nail salon is breathing in all those fumes? Well, here's something you may not have thought to worry about ... yet. Nail salon drying lamps could increase your skin cancer risk. Great! I guess I won't feel so badly about never, ever having time to get a manicure.

    You know those lamps I'm talking about, the ones that help dry and cure your nail polish? A study from the Georgia Regents University in Augusta looked at how much ultraviolet radiation those things emit. (This is why we need women in science!) (I'm joking.) (Not really.) And here's the scary thing: Some lamps emit "barely" any UV radiation and others emit "significant" radiation -- and there's really no way for employees to tell.

    But don't worry too much. Dr. Lindsay R. Shipp says the risk from multiple manicures is small. If you're worried, though, there are some precautions you can take.

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    What in the world is up with all of these women faking their own diseases in order to gain sympathy and money?! Yet another mom has reportedly lied about having cancer and was so good at deceiving the world -- and her own family -- that she actually raised more than $20,000! Not only did Mindy Taylor claim she suffered from cancer of the small intestine, heart disease, AND lupus, the 35-year-old married mom from Ohio went as far as setting up a blog on her donation page in which she posted heartfelt journal entries describing the pain she was experiencing as a cancer patient undergoing chemotherapy.

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    When it comes to breast cancer, many of us understand and are willing to accept the fact that a miracle cure may not be in the cards at the moment. With that said, news of any drug that could help patients by stalling the disease so that it doesn't rapidly progress is pretty great. Imagine being able to stop time -- if only for a few months -- while docs continue to work on finding new and additional treatments to combat your disease. Kind of challenges your notion of miraculous, doesn't it?

    An experimental breast cancer drug called palbociclib is currently undergoing studies because it reportedly can nearly double the amount of time patients live with the disease without it spreading and getting worse. Here's the skinny on it.

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    A cancer survivor who wore a tutu during a race was made fun of in the April issue of Self and was extremely offended, to say the least.

    The magazine writer declared war on tutus worn during races in a column called "The BS Meter." Underneath a photo of two women wearing superhero T-shirts and tutus -- one of whom was Monika Allen, who was undergoing chemo for brain cancer -- the caption read: ”A racing tutu epidemic has struck NYC’s Central Park, and it’s all because people think these froufrou skirts make you run faster. Now, if you told us they made people run from you faster, maybe we would believe it.”

    Everyone is entitled to their opinion, especially when it comes to fashion, but this Self writer was totally off-base and ill-informed.

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    Let me apologize in advance for the tears that will inevitably fall once you see this amazing video ... After Gerdi McKenna was diagnosed with breast cancer, her friends decided to surprise her with one of the greatest gifts we've ever seen. The video below shows how deep friendship can go and, in actuality, how healing it can be. 

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    She was just nine weeks away from her due date when the worst happened. Jenna Hinman was pregnant with twin daughters when she suddenly was unable to breathe. She was rushed to the hospital, where doctors delivered her girls via C-section. It was then that they found out that Hinman didn't have pneumonia as they suspected. The new mom to twins had cancer -- a rare form called choriocarcinoma.  

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    Sandra Martinez was a happy, popular, honor roll student at Azusa High School in California. She was your typical 16-year-old, who enjoyed her friends, and was on the cheerleading squad. But a few months ago, after cheering at a basketball game, Martinez made an unusual health complaint to her mother.

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    The next time you get annoyed because FedEx or a similar mail carrier has misplaced your package, think of how Marline Van Duyne feels. The 47-year-old, who was diagnosed with breast cancer this year, underwent a preventive double masectomy in Utah last month and then waited, scared for her life, to find out what she would need to do to keep the cancer from returning. Her breast tissue and tumor were transported to a lab that could test it to determine whether chemotherapy would be needed.

    Marline waited. And waited. And waited. And the answer didn't come -- because, as it turns out, she says she has reason to believe FedEx lost her breast tissue sample.

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    It all started with an innocent-looking pink bump near my jaw line. Maybe a zit, I thought, though I am not prone to those (don’t hate me for clear skin; remember, I‘ve had a black cloud stalking my ass for more than one year). The pink bump flared up and went away, just like a good little blemish should. But then it came back in the exact same spot a couple of weeks later. Intrigued, I just couldn’t leave it alone this time…and it bled. Profusely.

    I just knew it was cancer. Between my stint as a health reporter and my unrelenting obsession with Google, I am an MD by osmosis. I called my dermatologist and pleaded to be seen right away. One punch needle biopsy later and my diagnosis was confirmed: basal cell carcinoma.

    Really? Four months after my mom died of cancer and I have it, too? I am convinced I have a reputation up above as a badass.

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