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.
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Ideally, people are tested for colon cancer before they ever experience symptoms. Symptoms usually only appear after the cancer has grown or spread.
Over the past few decades, more people have been surviving colon cancer, and fewer people have been dying from it. This is thanks partly to improvements in colon cancer screening.
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.
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.
Tuesday, February 4th is World Cancer Day, a time when organizations and individuals around the world send a message: Ending cancer should be a global health priority.
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.
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.
Most people know that smoking causes cancer, but may not realize how many nonsmokers get lung cancer, too.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Children with cancer may have to miss a lot of school while they’re getting well. Making the return as smooth as possible requires cooperation and communication among educators, students, parents, and doctors.
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.
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.
May 31 is World No Tobacco Day, sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) to highlight the risks of tobacco use and advocate for policies to reduce smoking.
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.
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 American Cancer Society and other groups are raising awareness about cancer among minorities in honor of National Minority Health Month and National Minority Cancer Awareness Week.
Over the past few decades, more people have been surviving colon cancer, and fewer people have been dying from it.
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.
During the past few decades, screening has reduced deaths from cervical cancer, as doctors have been able to find cancer early and treat it, or prevent it from ever developing.
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.
The new year is a natural time to try for a new start. Many people resolve to lose weight, exercise more, or quit smoking. But did you know you can help researchers learn more about cancer?
Dealing with cancer is never easy, but it can be even more difficult during the holidays.
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.
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.
The holidays can be a difficult time of year when you or a loved one is facing cancer.
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.
Caring for a person with cancer means meeting their most basic needs, and there’s no need more basic than food.
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.
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.
Former NFL linebacker Chris Draft wants everybody to know the disturbing facts about lung cancer: that it kills more people than breast, prostate, colon, liver, and melanoma skin cancer combined.
Author Sally Loughridge did not set out to write a book. The American Cancer Society book "Rad Art: A Journey Through Radiation Treatment" was her way of surviving radiation for breast cancer.
Hormone therapies work with the natural properties of these substances to relieve symptoms and even fight diseases, including cancer.
A lifestyle that includes physical activity can be beneficial for just about everyone, no matter their age, and as experts now know, even if they have cancer.
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?
Stacy London is known for making over dull wardrobes on TLC’s What Not to Wear. But she’s also using her fashion prowess to help women with cancer get their confidence back.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
February 4th is World Cancer Day, a time when organizations and individuals around the world send a message: Ending cancer should be a global health priority.
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.
Getting your home tested for radon can help protect you and your family from a key cause of lung cancer.
About 35 cancer survivors and caregivers have begun a week-long climb to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa.
A new series of free workshops from Cancer Care offers survivors and their loved ones practical information to help them cope with the concerns that can arise after treatment ends.
Having one drink at a party isn’t likely to cause you much harm. But routinely having more than 1 or 2 drinks per day could raise your cancer risk.
The National Football League is joining the American Cancer Society to raise awareness about breast screenings and to raise money to help fight breast cancer.
What you need to know about breast cancer testing, treatment, and living with the disease.
The American Cancer Society is offering a new Web site that promises to help people facing cancer more easily find the peers, resources, and information they need.
When John Kaplan found out at age 48 that he had a rare form of lymphoma, he made a documentary about his treatment and recovery.
The newest graphic novel in a series designed to explain cancer to children depicts superhero medical experts and cartoon cancer cells.
The American Cancer Society Look Good… Feel Better program is hosting an online session to show women how to use wigs and makeup during cancer treatment.
As Father's Day approaches, help the men in your life stay healthy by encouraging them to follow the American Cancer Society's guidelines for cancer screening, nutrition, and physical activity.
Now that you’re cancer-free, be sure you’re doing everything you can to safeguard your good health.
The Friday before Memorial Day is Don’t Fry Day – a day to raise awareness of sun safety and encourage everyone to take steps to protect their skin.
Every April the American Cancer Society and other organizations work together to raise awareness about cancer among minorities in honor of National Minority Cancer Awareness Week, celebrated this year April 17-23.
Get timely insight on cancer topics from Expert Voices, our new blog by the experts at the American Cancer Society.
The American Cancer Society is being honored for its efforts in the field of palliative care.
Survival has improved dramatically for kids with cancer over the past 30 years.
For years, ovarian cancer was known as the "silent" cancer because it rarely produced any symptoms and many women didn't find out they had it until the cancer was very advanced.
Committing to living a healthier lifestyle can make a difference any month of the year.
This summer, the American Cancer Society will introduce a new and improved cancer.org that is designed to better meet your needs – whenever and however you need us.
Although there are many signs the disparity gap is narrowing, cancer continues to take a hefty toll on minority communities.
Own an iPhone or iPod Touch device? The American Cancer Society, the Official Sponsor of Birthdays, has developed a free iPhone application that will make it easier for you to remember the birthdays of the people you care about.
On Sunday, January 31, at 8 p.m. EST, set your dial to ABC and gather with your local Relay For Life team, committee, or community to watch colon cancer survivor and Relay participant Tricia Creasey and her family on a special episode of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition."
Making resolutions is easy; keeping them is hard.
This year, if your goals involve eating better and exercising more, make your resolutions stick by enlisting the help of these tips and tools.
The holiday season is meant to be a time of joy and celebration, but this time of year can be stressful, too.
Pain is not always a part of having cancer, but when it is, there's no need to suffer in silence.
Whether it's from a headache, a broken bone, or something more serious, all of us have experienced pain at one time or another.
Ah, Thanksgiving: the air is cooler, the colors are vibrant, and our plates are full – both with busy schedules and hearty fall fare.
News of a growing outbreak of swine influenza A (H1N1) in the United States and other countries has many people worried about their health.
If you see pink everywhere you turn this month, here's why: October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time when survivors, advocates, and health organizations strive to raise awareness of the progress we're making together in fighting this disease – and the things women can do to protect themselves.
In April 2009, President Barack Obama signed the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, which expanded volunteer opportunities for Americans and established September 11th as a National Day of Service and Remembrance.
Historically, ovarian cancer has been called the "silent killer" because symptoms often become apparent only when the cancer has spread and is harder to treat.
Prostate cancer affects nearly 200,000 men in the United States every year. The good news is that more than 2 million men in the United States who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point in their lives are still alive today.
Whether you welcome it with glee (no more kids in the house!) or feel a twinge of dread (goodbye, lazy days by the pool), school is starting up again.
By 2020, the number of cancer survivors is expected to grow from 11 million to 20 million.
American Cancer Society researchers have played a major role in advancing our understanding of all aspects of cancer, from prevention and early detection to treatment and survivorship.
While recent research has shown that racial disparity in cancer death rates is decreasing, minority groups continue to bear a greater cancer burden than whites. However, there are things you can do to help reduce your cancer risk.
In the 45 years he's practiced as a surgical oncologist at Harlem Hospital in New York – 25 as director of surgery – Harold P. Freeman, MD, has been frustrated by the high numbers of women he's seen with late stage breast cancer.
Times are tough, and with everything from jobs, houses, and nest eggs on the line, stress levels are high.