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.
Explore cancer-related feature stories, covering everything from cancer prevention and early detection to survivorship and healthy living.
Screening means having a test that looks for cancer or another disease in people who don’t have any symptoms.
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.
If you're a woman of childbearing years who wants to delay pregnancy, you might have heard that some birth control methods are linked to cancer.
A new genre of noncombustible, candy-flavored smoking products is hitting the market -- and slick, provocative pinup ads are sneaking up on us once again. The target? Our children.
Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the US according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The newest graphic novel in a series designed to explain cancer to children depicts superhero medical experts and cartoon cancer cells.
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.
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.
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.
In My Cancer Days, a little girl with cancer experiences a range of emotions depending on how she feels on different days.
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.
The American Cancer Society is among organizations participating in a virtual Family Caregiving Fair hosted by AARP.
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.
Research shows that getting help increases your chances of quitting smoking. And some of the most effective support comes from messages delivered over cell phones.
About 10% to 15% of the people who die from lung cancer in the United States every year have never smoked or used any other form of tobacco.
Volunteering is all about helping others. But when you volunteer, one of the people who benefits most is you.
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.
Research has shown that exercise is not only safe and possible during and after breast cancer treatment, but that it also can reduce symptoms and improve quality of life.
Each October, the National Football League joins the American Cancer Society to raise awareness about the importance of regular breast exams and to raise money to help fight breast cancer. Read more here.
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:
While you can’t change some breast cancer risk factors—family history and aging, for example—there are some risk factors that you can control.
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.
Breast cancer doesn’t usually cause symptoms in its early stages. But following screening guidelines doesn’t mean you should ignore changes in your breasts.
Young children and adolescents with cancer have physical and emotional needs that differ from those of adults with 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Getting away from it all on a summer vacation doesn’t have to mean getting away from living an active lifestyle.
Whether you are just dating or you are years into a committed relationship, cancer can suddenly become part of your world.
Although they are not as common as breast or colon cancer, cancers that impact the brain and spinal cord affect thousands of people every year.
Celebrate the fathers in your life this June by encouraging them to protect their health by getting up to date on cancer screening tests.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Along with giving Mother's Day gifts and sending greetings this year, encourage the moms in your life to get up to date on cancer screening tests.
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.
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.
An original 6-hour documentary Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies will air in three 2-hour segments March 30, 31 and April 1 on all PBS channels nationwide.
Ideally, people are tested for colon cancer before they ever experience symptoms. Symptoms usually only appear after the cancer has grown or spread.
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.
There is no sure way to prevent developing colon cancer, but there are things you can do that may lower your risk. Learn more about protecting your colon health here.
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.
How to Help Your Friend with Cancer is an easy-to-read, straightforward guide to helping a friend with cancer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When choosing gifts for family and friends this holiday, consider items that support their healthy fitness and eating goals.
Managing your health care records – and those of your family – can be complicated, especially if you’re juggling information from several different sources.
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.
Holiday time may seem like just about the worst time to have cancer in the family.
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.
Finding better ways to treat lung cancer is a priority for researchers in medical centers around the world.
When a loved one is facing radiation treatment for their cancer, they may need to rely on a caregiver for help with everything from cooking and cleaning to nursing and medicine management.
Most women with breast cancer have some type of surgery as part of their treatment. They often have choices to make about the type of surgery they will undergo.
Engaging in regular exercise is good for you for many reasons, and one of them is to lower your risk of getting breast cancer.
For women, being overweight or obese after menopause increases the risk of breast cancer .
For many women diagnosed with breast cancer, Reach To Recovery is a ray of hope during a dark time. This year marks the program’s 45th anniversary with the American Cancer Society.
For women with breast cancer, research shows those who practice yoga have less stress and fatigue, and better quality of life.
September is both National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. It’s a good time to remember to ask your doctor about specific symptoms that could be linked to these cancers.
Add some pizzazz to your cooking with the recipes in Maya’s Secrets, available in English and Spanish (Los Secretos de Maya) from the American Cancer Society.
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.
As the new school year begins and students head back to the classroom, be sure they’re up to date with vaccinations.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
Holiday time is an opportunity to bring kids into the kitchen and introduce a conversation about cooking, eating, and healthy food choices.
Every year, on the third Thursday of November, smokers across the nation take part in the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout.
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.
Extended Stay America is partnering with the American Cancer Society to provide 10,000 free nights and 10,000 discounted nights in its hotels to cancer patients who must travel to another city to receive treatment.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There is no one “right way” to tell your kids you have cancer, but there are some things you can say to help relieve their fears and communicate what this diagnosis means for everyone.
Getting a mammogram every year is important in finding breast cancer early.
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.
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.
If you’re planning or attending a family reunion this summer, make healthy living a part of the activities for young and old alike.
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.
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.
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.
If you're not fluent in medical abbreviations quite yet, this list of common acronyms and their meanings can help you get in the know so you can communicate more effectively with your care team.
Over the past few decades, more people have been surviving colon cancer, and fewer people have been dying from it.