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‘What would have happened if my parents did not have an oncologist-in-training as their daughter? What happens to the Black patients?’

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Part one: It’s everywhere


The waiting game is a different experience for every woman with a BRCA gene mutation

Illustration: Cha Pornea


Exact Sciences employees, Scarlett Lee and Xavier Robinson, holding samples. Photography: Lyndon French

Colon cancer screening should begin at age 45, new guidelines say. During a pandemic, this at-home poop test has emerged as a key solution.


Screenings save lives, but can do serious harm too

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A guide for all adults, as doctors worry about undiagnosed cases amid a pandemic pullback

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During a pandemic, cancer is all the more terrifying, uncertain, and lonely

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A Black oncologist and cancer survivor passes on her wisdom

Closeup of hand of a patient at hospital with IV drip.
Closeup of hand of a patient at hospital with IV drip.
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Dr. Mehra Golshan was due for his own cancer checkup when the pandemic hit

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It’s not as rare — or random — as people might think

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With pediatric cancer survival rates on the rise, long-term fertility has become a hot topic, and more hospitals are offering cryopreservation of ovarian and testicular tissue for kids

Illustration: Haleigh Mun

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