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ACS Medical Content and News Staff

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.

World Cancer Day 2015: ‘Not Beyond Us’

Wednesday, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Lung Cancer Risks for Non-smokers

Staying away from tobacco is the most important thing any of us can do to avoid getting lung cancer. But it’s not a guarantee. Every year, about 16,000 to 24,000 Americans die of lung cancer, even though they have never smoked.

CHANGE Grants Help Save Lives in Underserved Communities

The CHANGE Grant Program helps bring education, screenings, and follow-up care to people who otherwise might not have access to those services. The program helps provide access to screening tests for breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer, and helps participants diagnosed with cancer find treatment.

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.

Managing Health After Childhood Cancer

The same cancer treatment that saves children’s lives may affect their health as they grow up, and into adulthood. Specialized follow-up care is needed.

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.

When Someone You Know Has Cancer

Often, family, friends, and co-workers of cancer patients want to help, but just don’t know what to do. If someone you know has been diagnosed with cancer or another serious illness, you may be wondering how to help or what to say.

Healthy Habits for the Men in Your Life

As Father's Day approaches, help the men in your life stay healthy by encouraging them to adopt healthy habits. Eating better, exercising more, and getting recommended screenings are all part of the equation.

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.

Stay Sun-Safe This Summer

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.

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.

Help Others, Help Yourself

Want to do a lot of good with a little of your time? Whether it’s giving a cancer patient a ride to chemotherapy, putting together a team for Relay For Life®, or sending an email to friends and family about our cancer screening guidelines, there are many different ways you can join the fight against cancer.

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.

Pick Winners, Fight Cancer During March Madness

Picking winners in the NCAA college basketball tournament can do more than raise your profile in the office pool this year. Again this year, that golden touch can also raise money to fight 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.

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.

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.

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.

Four Ways to Reduce Your Breast Cancer Risk

About 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer at some point during her life. While you can’t change some risk factors, there are things you can do that may lower your breast cancer risk.

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.

Look and Feel Your Best During Cancer Treatment

Treatment for cancer may cause changes in your appearance that you may or may not have expected. These can include hair loss, fingernail changes, skin discoloration, weight gain, and weight loss.

Tips for Your Next Physical

These tips from the US Department of Health and Human Services can help you get ready for your appointment, especially if you haven’t been to the doctor in a while.

Eat Right and Stay Active While Traveling

December brings travel plans for many of us – whether we’re visiting family this season or vacationing. But you don’t have to take a vacation from eating right and exercising.

Coping With Grief During the Holidays

Losing a loved one to cancer is a painful and difficult experience. The death of a loved one is always traumatic, but during the holidays, the feelings of loss can be even more pronounced.

Eating When You Have No Appetite

During treatment for cancer, eating right is important. Some people continue to enjoy food and have a normal appetite throughout their treatment. Others have days when they don’t feel like eating.

Frequently Asked Questions About Lung Cancer

Lung cancer is one of the more common cancers diagnosed in the US, and it’s often discovered in a later stage when it’s harder to treat. In 2012, an estimated 226,160 new cases will be diagnosed.

The Truth About Kids and Smoking

Every day, more than 3,800 children in the US smoke their first cigarette, according to the Surgeon General, putting themselves at risk for nicotine addiction and diseases including lung cancer.

Understanding Hormone Therapy

Hormone therapies work with the natural properties of these substances to relieve symptoms and even fight diseases, including cancer.

Breast Cancer Discoveries on the Horizon

What if there was an easier way to find out whether a breast tumor was malignant? What if a weakness was found in triple-negative breast cancer? What if we knew how breast cancer spread to bone?

Your Body After Breast Cancer

Newlywed Sarah Lien didn’t want her husband seeing her bald. When they married two years earlier, the tips of her vibrant hair would brush against her face and tickle her healthy pink cheeks.

Prostate Cancer Screening FAQ

Screening – or testing to find a disease in people without symptoms – can help find some types of cancer early, when it’s more easily treated.

Hope Lodge Founder Turns 105

Margot Freudenberg, the American Cancer Society’s longest serving volunteer, still works to drum up donations for the program she founded, the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge.

New ACS Book for Children Addresses Grief

Ten-year-old Emily and 7-year-old Ben have just lost their mother to cancer in a new book for children, “And Still They Bloom” written by Amy Rovere and published by the American Cancer Society.

Fighting Cancer: A Team Effort

It may not be time for March Madness quite yet, but there are plenty of reasons to be excited about basketball season – especially when so many teams are helping fight cancer.

Radon Gas and Lung Cancer

Getting your home tested for radon can help protect you and your family from a key cause of lung cancer.