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ACS Medical Content and News Staff

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.

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.

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.

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.

Bang! Zap! Pow!

The newest graphic novel in a series designed to explain cancer to children depicts superhero medical experts and cartoon cancer cells.

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.

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.

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:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

What’s New in Colon Cancer Testing?

No one looks forward to a colonoscopy, or the bowel prep that goes with it. But colon screening – testing to look for cancer before symptoms start – helps saves lives.

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.

Buffalo Hope Lodge Marks 30th Anniversary

Since it opened its doors 30 years ago, the Hope Lodge facility in Buffalo, New York has welcomed more than 21,000 cancer patients and their caregivers, providing more than 150,000 nights of free lodging that saved them $17.25 million in hotel expenses.

Children with Cancer Face School-time Challenges

The first day of a new school year brings excitement, anticipation, and often jitters for many children. But for children with cancer or another long-term illness, numerous, sometimes lengthy absences from school all year round create extra challenges.

Deadly Myths About Skin Cancer

Many people are unaware of skin cancer's dangers, and they may be underestimating their risks. Here we bust some common myths about this very common form of cancer so that you can be in the know – and protect your health.

Look Good Feel Better: Helping Cancer Patients for 25 Years

Look Good Feel Better, a free, national public service program, a cooperation with the American Cancer Society, the Personal Care Products Council Foundation, and the Professional Beauty Association, teaches cancer patients to manage the appearance side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatments.

Volunteers: Motivated to Help Others

Many cancer survivors are moved by their own experience to help others facing diagnosis and treatment. Find inspiration and hope in these stories of volunteers who are making a difference in the fight against cancer.

Details of Preparing for a Colon Screening Test

The idea of testing and preparation is unpleasant for many people and may discourage them from getting recommended life saving tests. Learn more about preparing for a colon screening test here.

Road to Recovery Volunteer: Driven to Serve

American Cancer Society volunteer Jim Runyan has driven more than 100 people to their cancer treatments during the 12 years he’s been with the Society’s Road To Recovery program.

Celebrating the Caregiver

It's important for caregivers to continue taking care of their own needs, even while they’re taking care of their loved one. Asking for help – whether from other friends and family, a support group, or from a trained professional – is key. This article will help you learn more about caregiving and being a caregiver.

It’s Time to Get Your Flu Vaccine

Flu activity can begin as early as October and continue as late as May. It most commonly peaks in the US in January or February.The best way to keep from getting the flu is to get a vaccination. Find out more here.

Everyday Ways to Boost Your Health After Breast Cancer

Many breast cancer survivors want to know what they can do to help improve their health after facing the disease. The good news is, there are a host of everyday habits that can help you stay healthier, feel better, and even reduce your risk for having cancer again in the future.

When Your Friend Has Breast Cancer

Even with cancer as an all-too-common household word, we are often unsure of what to say – or, equally important, what not to say – when someone we know is diagnosed with breast cancer.

'Breast Cancer Journey' Empowers Women at All Stages of Disease

The American Cancer Society has updated its book for women with breast cancer to help them live better through every stage of the disease. It includes the latest advances in treatment, current guidance for coping with side effects, breast reconstruction options, family and relationship issues as well as expert advice to educate women with breast cancer about their disease and help them cope with the physical and emotional demands of treatment and recovery.

Living with Prostate Cancer

If you’re living with prostate cancer, you may be able to live longer and healthier by making some changes to your eating and exercise routine.

All Grown Up: Preparing Young Survivors for Life on their Own

For parents who have cared for a child with cancer, a coming of age may be especially bittersweet. Whether you have a child who’s going away to college, taking a first job, or moving out on their own, the tips here can help you both get ready for the next big step.

How to Read the New Sunscreen Labels

Look closely at the sunscreen you buy and you may notice different wording on the label. This is the first summer that the FDA’s new labeling requirements are in effect.

A Backyard Chef's Guide to Healthier Grilling

Getting your family and friends together for a barbeque is one of the perks of the season, but backyard chefs should beware: some research suggests that cooking meats at very high temperatures creates chemicals (heterocyclic amines, or HAs) that might increase cancer risk.

The American Cancer Society Marks 100 Years

This May the American Cancer Society is turning 100 years old. It’s marking the occasion by celebrating the many successes the organization has contributed to in the fight against cancer during the last century.