Science Diction: Cancer

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Friday, October 22nd, 2010

It’s one of the most feared medical conditions. But how did ‘cancer’ get its name? Howard Markel, a physician, medical educator, and historian of medicine at the University of Michigan, explains:

Only a few decades ago, many hesitated to say the word cancer aloud, as if merely mentioning it might invite the disease into one’s body. But in fact, the “C-word” has long been known—and feared….

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