When Will We Cure Cancer?

The previous director of the National Cancer Institute wanted to banish suffering and death from cancer by 2015. Current director Harold Varmus says this claim was not based on reality, but huge strides in prevention, detection, and treatment are being made.

How Carcinogens Cause Cancer

Seemingly every year there are new reports that something we consume or use on a daily basis is carcinogenic. But what exactly does that mean on a biological level?

How Genetics Is Revolutionizing Cancer Research

The Cancer Genome Atlas project, already several years underway, is transforming the way scientists think about and treat cancer.

What Is Cancer?

One in three Americans are diagnosed in their lifetime with cancer, a derangement of normal cell growth in which cells grow in antisocial ways, crossing natural tissue boundaries.