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Drug research at Merck. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
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New HPV vaccine from Merck strengthens cervical cancer protection

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The drugmaker Merck & Co. Inc. has received approval for an updated version of its Gardasil vaccine that protects against an additional five strains of the virus that causes most cases of cervical cancer.

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Obesity is a growing risk factor for cancer in the US

It is no secret that there is an obesity issue in the United States. In New Jersey, the prevalence of obesity is 25 to 30 percent and growing. As obesity continues to expand so does its link to cancer.

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WATCH: Devon Still inspires daughter before cancer surgery

You might want to have a tissue handy when you watch this video.

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FDA OKs Merck drug, 1st in new cancer drug class

Merck & Co. on Thursday won the first U.S. approval for a new kind of cancer drug with big advantages over chemotherapy and other older cancer treatments.

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Report: New Jersey making progressing against cancer

New Jersey is making strides in the fight against cancer but there is still a great deal of work to be done, according to a new report by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, which found that three-quarters of all states are falling short.

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Christie’s Budget Lacks Cancer Research Funding [AUDIO]

According to a Princeton University researcher, each of Gov. Chris Christie's spending plans since he took office has failed to include $1 million in funding for the New Jersey Commission on Cancer Research, and if the Fiscal Year 2015 budget proposal is signed as is, NJCCR will not see funding next year either.

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Cancer Death Rates Down 20 Percent Since 1991 [AUDIO]

The death rates for cancer have dropped significantly in the past two decades according to a new study from the American Cancer Society, largely on the backs of new research, better treatment and a more informed and health conscious public.

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Toms River’s Cancer Cluster Watchdog Ready for Latest Update [AUDIO]

The group of Toms River parents and health advocates who banded together after a spike in child cancer rates in the 1990s, plans to meet Monday night in Toms River Town Hall.

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Skin Cancer Risk Highest in Young Adults [AUDIO]

Every hour in the United States, one person dies from malignant melanoma, or skin cancer. November is "Healthy Skin Month" and experts are urging people to take steps to prevent skin disease.

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Cancer Surviviors Disco Down at Liberty State Park

Remember when disco sucked? Now it’s being used to fight cancer. Thousands of cancer survivors and their caregivers came out as the Village People and Gloria Gaynor headlined Sunday’s  Hackensack University Medical Center's fifth annual Celebrating Life and Liberty eve

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