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13 Things That Increase Your Colon Cancer Risk (and What to Do About Them)

Colon cancer may be the third most common malignancy in adults, but there's a lot you can do to reduce your risk. We show you how.

By Andrea Peirce
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Let's Talk About the Causes of Lymphoma

This type of cancer can be notoriously tricky to predict or even to determine who is at risk. Here’s what experts say may play a role in causing the disease.

By Sunny Sea Gold
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Let's Talk About the Causes of Diabetes

There are a lot of myths and misconceptions about this disease, including where it comes from, who gets it, and why. Let’s take a closer look.

By Sunny Sea Gold
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The Sneaky Conditions That Can Harm Your Kidneys

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is often connected to diabetes and high blood pressure. Learn how to control all three to protect your health.

By Sonya Collins
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Common Toxins That Can Hurt Your Kidneys (And How to Avoid Them)

These chemicals and compounds aren't doing your kidneys any favors. Learn how to reduce your exposure to stay as healthy as possible.

By Sarah Fielding
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11 Things to Know About Chronic Kidney Disease

Diagnosed with CKD? Here are some things you need to know about your body, your care and your treatment options.

By Lambeth Hochwald
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Do You Know Your Risk Factors for Ulcerative Colitis?

While we don’t know exactly what causes UC, we do know some of the main risk factors for developing it — and knowing your risk factors can help you take control of your health and your future.

By Jennifer Mitchell Wilson
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Let's Talk About What Causes Bladder Cancer

One of the biggest risk factors for this common cancer? Lighting up. Find out what's behind the link and what else could be upping your odds.

By Linda Rodgers
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The Surprising Reason to Marry an Optimist

Aside from the obvious (who doesn’t want to do life with a mostly positive person?), a happy partner may reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

By Lara DeSanto
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Women With This Sleep Problem May Have Greater Cancer Risk

A new study found that women with sleep apnea may be more likely to develop cancer.

By Stephanie Stephens