Warning — Graphic pictures below For ten years, Stefan Zoleik lived with a disfiguring 13-pound facial tumor, an alarming growth caused by a rare disorder called Madelung disease. While the tumor isn't usually life-threatening, the large growths can lead to pain and difficulty breathing.
The oldest human tumor ever found — by more than 100,000 years — has been discovered in the rib of a Neanderthal. The bone, excavated more than 100 years ago in Croatia, has been hollowed out by a tumor still seen in humans today, known as fibrous dysplasia.
A Texas restaurant owner is selling his business to help a young worker with a brain tumor. Brittany Mathis, 19, was diagnosed with a ping pong-sized brain tumor in December. She doesn't have health insurance, and her dad died of a similar condition years ago.
Scott Hamilton, who won Olympic figure skating gold in 1984, had surgery to remove a benign brain tumor on Wednesday, his publicist said.Publicist Michael Sterling said the 51-year-old former skater was "doing very well" and was expected to make a complete recovery.Doctors found the tumor near Hamilton's pituitary gland in 2004. He had treatment to shrink the tumor, but it grew back forcing him to have the surgery.
By Herina Ayot
Cancer, the second leading cause of death in the United States after cardiovascular disease, is a persisting problem that many talk about but few have yet to find effective treatments. The American Cancer Society estimates that 569,490 people died from cancer in the United States in 2010. Many cancers, such as pancreatic, lung and liver cancer, have few effective treatments and very low survival rates.