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ACS Medical Content and News Staff

If You’re Called Back After a Mammogram

Most women who get their routine mammogram will receive a letter within 30 days saying the results were normal. But if doctors find something suspicious, they’ll call you back – usually within just 5 days – to take new pictures or get other tests.

Five Ways to Fight Breast Cancer

The fight against breast cancer takes place on many fronts, not just in the treatment center. Here are 5 ways to use your time, your skills, and your voice to make a difference.

Cut Down on Sugar This Halloween

For the past 30 years, Americans have been sweetening their diets with more and more sugar, which can lead to extra weight and even obesity, which increases the risks for serious health problems including cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.

New ACS Cookbook Offers Tasty, Good-For-You Recipes

With 120 all-new recipes including Mini Twice-Baked Potatoes, Chicken Paillard with Arugula and Fennel, and Corn, Avocado, and Tomato Salad, The New Healthy Eating Cookbook, Fourth Edition can help home cooks and their families eat better without sacrificing flavor or taste.

Feelings Book Helps Kids Cope with Cancer

To help support and encourage people touched by childhood cancer, especially during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in September, the American Cancer Society offers an excerpt of My Cancer Days, a book that helps kids explore the emotional ups and downs of daily life during treatment.

Can Coffee Lower Cancer Risk?

Most Americans drink at least 1 cup of coffee a day, and many feel like they can’t face the morning without it. So wouldn’t it be great if our beloved beverage helped protect us from cancer?

Take a Loved One for a Checkup

The third Tuesday of every September is Take a Loved One for a Checkup Day. It’s a reminder to help a friend, neighbor, or family member visit a health care professional.

Say Yes to Yoga

People who practice yoga claim it leads to a state of physical health, relaxation, happiness, peace, and tranquility.

Can Aspirin Prevent Cancer?

You may have seen studies in the news suggesting that aspirin may be helpful in preventing cancer. But you should not use aspirin on a regular basis without first checking with your health care provider.

How Healthy Is Your Salad?

Salad is a healthy choice for lunch or dinner, isn’t it? That depends on what’s in it, or perhaps more importantly, what’s on it.

Eating Healthy on a Budget

Making the switch from fast food and prepared meals to a healthier diet doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. By following a few simple tips to help you plan and shop, you can actually save money while eating better.

Plan an Active Vacation

Getting away from it all on a summer vacation doesn’t have to mean getting away from living an active lifestyle.

Family Reunions the Healthy Living Way

Whether it’s your first family reunion or your 50th, getting the whole family together is likely to involve food, activities, and lots and lots of family stories.

7 Steps for Safe Summer Workouts

Winter, spring, summer, or fall, regular physical activity is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. But when the temperature rises, so does the risk for heat-related illnesses, including cramps, heat exhaustion, and heatstroke.

Choose the Right Sunscreen

When choosing sunscreen, be sure to read the label before you buy. Food and Drug Administration regulations require the labels to follow certain guidelines.

Breaking Down Health Care Barriers for LGBT Community

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month is about more than the colorful parades that take place across the country every June. It’s also about remembering the struggles of people who have fought for the equal rights of all Americans, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Research suggests that barriers to health care are among the challenges faced by the LGBT community.

Inspire the Cancer Survivor in Your Life

To help share words of encouragement with the people who need them most, the American Cancer Society offers an excerpt from I Can Survive, a book of poetry and illustrations that helps inspire survivors and the “survivor in each of us.”

4 Cancer Screening Tests for Men

Celebrate the fathers in your life this June by encouraging them to protect their health by getting up to date on cancer screening tests.

World No Tobacco Day

May 31 is World No Tobacco Day, an annual awareness day sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) since 1987 to highlight the health risks associated with tobacco use and encourage governments to adopt effective policies to reduce smoking and other tobacco use.

Quit Smoking for Good

In the following excerpt from the book Kicking Butts, Second Edition, readers can find useful tips and strategies on how to quit tobacco products and get the help they need to stay quit.

How to Read Food Labels

The FDA requires that food companies provide certain information in Nutrition Facts labels – those labels printed on food packages. We explain what they mean.

How to Have a Happy, Healthy Summer

Summertime means longer days, sunshine, picnics, barbecues, and kids out of school. Here’s how to make the most of your summer and stay healthy, too.

How to Spot Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is by far the most common type of cancer. If you know what to look for, you can spot warning signs of skin cancer early.

6 Tips for Managing Stress

Stress is a natural part of our daily lives. In the short term, it can boost your immune system. But if the stress response lasts too long, it can damage your health.

Minority Cancer Awareness: What Everyone Should Know

Every April the American Cancer Society and other organizations work together to raise awareness about cancer among minorities in honor of National Minority Health Month and National Minority Cancer Awareness Week, celebrated this year April 5-11.

Kids and Radiation Safety

X-ray, fluoroscopy, CT scan, or other medical tests that use radiation can often help children, but it’s important to use these tests only when necessary.

Don’t Just Sit There!

Evidence is growing that sitting time, no matter how much exercise you get when you aren’t sitting, increases the likelihood of developing cancer, especially for women.

Signs and Symptoms of Colon Cancer

Ideally, people are tested for colon cancer before they ever experience symptoms. Symptoms usually only appear after the cancer has grown or spread.

How to Get More Sleep

Are you getting enough sleep at night? According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), about 70 million Americans have sleep problems that keep them awake when they want to sleep, and lead to drowsiness when they want to be alert

Can Chocolate Be Good For You?

It’s been reported in the media for years that eating chocolate is heart-healthy, helps prevent cancer, and is a pick-me-up when you’re feeling down. But is that really true?

Squeeze in Exercise at Home

Commuting to and from the gym takes time, and membership can be expensive. If a health club isn’t in your budget and time is short, try these tips for exercising at home.

World Cancer Day 2016: ‘We can. I can.’

Thursday, February 4th is World Cancer Day, when organizations and individuals around the world unite to raise awareness about cancer and work to make it a global health priority.

New Year, New Exercise

It’s a new year, and maybe you’ve resolved to start an exercise program. If so, make sure you start off on the right foot with these helpful tips.

What You Need to Know About Testing for Cervical Cancer

During the past several decades, screening – testing for cancer before symptoms develop – has reduced deaths from cervical cancer, as doctors have been able to find cancer early and treat it, or prevent it from ever developing.

Making and Keeping New Year’s Resolutions

Some of the most common New Year's resolutions – to lose weight, exercise more, and quit smoking – are healthy habits that can help you lower your cancer risk and benefit you for the rest of your life.

When Breast Cancer Comes Back

A successful end to treatment can be both stressful and exciting. You’re likely to be relieved to finish treatment, but you may find it hard not to worry about cancer coming back.

3 Quick Tips for Dining Out

You may find yourself eating out more often than usual this time of year. That can make it tough for even the most disciplined among us to eat only – or mostly – healthy foods.

When Someone You Know Has Cancer

What do you say to someone who’s been diagnosed with cancer? Read our practical advice about what to say, what not to say, what to do, and how to help.

What to Bring to a Potluck

With all the parties and festivities this time of year, there is bound to be at least one potluck, where you are expected to come bearing a dish to share.

Nurture Your Emotional Health

The holiday season is a joyful time for many people, but for some it can lead to stress or trigger depression or other negative feelings.

Six Plan-ahead Tips to Party Smarter

Sticking to your healthy eating goals can be a lot harder this time of year. But with a little planning, you can enjoy every minute of this season’s parties without going overboard on fat, calories, or sweets.

It’s Never Too Late to Quit Smoking

About half of all Americans who smoke and don’t quit will die because of smoking. That’s one of the reasons it’s so important to quit, and the sooner the better. But quitting is rewarding no matter how old you are.

Who Should Be Screened for Lung Cancer?

A harsh truth about lung cancer is that it doesn’t usually cause symptoms until the cancer is already advanced and not able to be cured. That’s why the idea of screening – looking for lung cancer in people who do not have any symptoms – is appealing.

Help Others, Help Yourself

Volunteering is all about helping others. But when you volunteer, one of the people who benefits most is you.

How to Quit Smoking

Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States. People have used many different methods to quit. Here is what the research tells us about how well they work:

The Link Between Alcohol and Cancer

Most people know that drinking too much alcohol can lead to health problems. But not everyone knows that one of those health problems may be cancer.

Could This Be Cancer?

Most of the possible signs and symptoms of cancer that we notice turn out to be something that isn’t serious. But they should be checked out by a doctor just to be sure.

Save Money on Prescription Medicines

Those of us who are prescribed medicine to take at home typically take only about half the doses we’re supposed to, according to a systematic review published in The Cochrane Library.

Get a Healthy Back-to-school Start

Put health on the list as you get your kids ready to go back to school this year. Getting recommended vaccinations on time, eating a healthy lunch each day, and sleeping enough each night will help children and teens succeed in the classroom.

Stock a Healthy Kitchen

Our busy, modern, 21st century lives can make it hard to find the time to make quick, healthy, and delicious meals. But with a little planning, you can keep easy-to-prepare ingredients on hand that will help you make smart eating choices even when time is short.

Facing Cancer as a Couple

Whether you are just dating or you are years into a committed relationship, cancer can suddenly become part of your world.

How Your Diet May Affect Your Risk of Breast Cancer

Have you ever said “no thanks” to a tempting dessert or eaten only salad for lunch because you were trying to cut back? If so, you’re among many women who try every day to protect their health by eating right.

Protect Your Skin From the Sun

It’s natural to want to get out in the sun once the weather warms up. It should also be second nature to take steps to protect your skin from the sun when you go outside. That’s why the Friday before Memorial Day is designated Don’t Fry Day – a day to raise awareness of sun safety and encourage everyone to take steps to protect their skin.

The Ugly Truth About Indoor Tanning

Many people believe that using a tanning bed, booth, or sunlamp to get a tan is safer than tanning outside in the sun. But the truth is that just like sun tanning, indoor tanning also exposes skin to ultraviolet (UV) rays, the cause of most skin cancer.

Celebrating 25 Years of No Smoking in Airplanes

Take a deep breath and imagine (or if you’re old enough – remember) what the air quality would be like in an airplane when everyone in the back was smoking. It was just 25 years ago that legislation was passed banning smoking on all domestic flights in the US.

Caring for a Loved One Having Cancer Surgery

If the person you’re caring for needs surgery to treat their cancer, you may need to help them get ready before the procedure, be their advocate during recovery, and help them adjust to daily life again after the surgery is complete.

6 Steps to Help Lower Your Cancer Risk

Cancer is often unpredictable, but there are things everyone can do to help reduce their cancer risk or improve their chances of beating the disease if they do get it.

Cheers for a Healthier Year

Here’s to you! Resolve to have a healthier 2015 and possibly even a longer life by making health-related New Year’s resolutions and sticking to them.

Healthy Baking Is as Easy as Pie

The holidays can be a tough time to stick to healthy eating goals. But if your traditions involve baking, a few simple ingredient changes can help you cut some of the sugar, fat, and calories – without sacrificing the taste. This year, make some new baking traditions by adapting your family recipes with these tips.

Cancer Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore

The best way to find some cancers early, when they’re small, have not spread, and are easier to treat, is through routine screenings – tests to check for cancer before there are any symptoms of the disease.

Healthy Giving

When choosing gifts for family and friends this holiday, consider items that support their healthy fitness and eating goals.

Organize Your Health Data Online

Managing your health care records – and those of your family – can be complicated, especially if you’re juggling information from several different sources.

Stool DNA Testing for Colon Cancer

A new type of non-invasive test to check for colon cancer is available now, and may appeal to people who want to be screened, but don’t want to undergo the usual preparation required for a colonoscopy and some other screening tests.

Caring For a Loved One During Chemotherapy

Taking care of a loved one as they undergo chemotherapy might seem like a daunting task. The information below will guide you through some of the basics, so you can help give the best possible care to the person you love.