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.
Explore cancer-related feature stories, covering everything from cancer prevention and early detection to survivorship and healthy living.
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.
For those who must face breast cancer, having a trusted, easy-to-read source for answers can be an invaluable way to feel more informed, more in control, and more prepared as they move forward with life and with treatment.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Getting a mammogram every year is important in finding breast cancer early.
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.
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?
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.
People who practice yoga claim it leads to a state of physical health, relaxation, happiness, peace, and tranquility.
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.
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.
As the new school year begins and students head back to the classroom, be sure they’re up to date with vaccinations.
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.
Getting away from it all on a summer vacation doesn’t have to mean getting away from living an active lifestyle.
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.
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.
When choosing sunscreen, be sure to read the label before you buy. Food and Drug Administration regulations require the labels to follow certain guidelines.
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.
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.”
Warmer temperatures help bacteria grow, so it’s more important than ever to practice food safety during the hot summer months.
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.
Now that you’re cancer-free, be sure you’re doing everything you can to safeguard your good health.
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.
The FDA requires that food companies provide certain information in Nutrition Facts labels – those labels printed on food packages. We explain what they mean.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When you’re facing a serious illness, the Internet can be a valuable resource. Here are some ways to stay savvy as you search online:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ideally, people are tested for colon cancer before they ever experience symptoms. Symptoms usually only appear after the cancer has grown or spread.
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
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.