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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.

Open Enrollment Begins for Health Care Law

The open enrollment period to sign up for individual health insurance under the health care law known as the Affordable Care Act begins November 15, 2014 and runs through February 15, 2015.

Cancer Specialists Gather to Discuss Innovations in Research and Treatment

More than 30,000 cancer specialists from around the world are gathering in Chicago this week for the 49th annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO).

Cancer Statistics Report: Deaths Down 20% in 2 Decades

Annual statistics reporting from the American Cancer Society shows the death rate from cancer in the US has declined steadily over the past 2 decades. The cancer death rate for men and women combined fell 20% from its peak in 1991 to 2010, the most recent year for which data is available.

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.

Former American Cancer Society Grantee Shares Nobel Prize in Medicine

American researcher James Rothman, a former American Cancer Society grantee, American researcher Randy Schekman and German-born researcher Thomas Suedhof have won the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.Work by these scientists has helped reveal how molecules like hormones, enzymes, and neurotransmitters are transported inside and between cells in the body.

Major Parts of Health Care Law to Go into Effect

A major piece of the health care law, known as the Affordable Care Act, gets underway October 1. That’s when health insurance “marketplaces” open in every state and Washington, DC, that enable uninsured Americans and some others to go online to compare health insurance plans and select the best one for them and their families. Read more here.

Experts Call for Improvements in the Quality of Cancer Care

A new report by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) says the cancer care delivery system in the United States is in crisis and calls for across-the-board changes.

The ABCs of Cancer Testing: Decoding Common Abbreviations

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.

Annual Report: Rate of Death from Cancer Continues to Drop

The rate of death from cancer in the US continues to decline among men and women, all major racial and ethnic groups, and the most common types of cancer, including lung, colon, breast, and prostate.

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.

Study: Multivitamins Slightly Reduce Cancer in Men Over 50

Harvard researchers have found a possible link between taking a daily multivitamin over a long period of time and a small reduction in cancer.

Report: Cancer Now Leading Cause of Death Among Hispanic Americans

A new report from the American Cancer Society finds that more Hispanics in the US die from cancer each year than from any other cause.

Ruling Adds Cancer to 9/11 Health Benefits

Fifty-eight types of cancer are now on the official list of covered illnesses for people who were exposed to toxins at the World Trade Center site after the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

Significant Proportion of Cancer Caused By Infection


Annual Report: Rate of Cancer Deaths Continues to Fall

The rate of death in the United States from all cancers combined is continuing the decline that began in the early 1990s, according to the Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer.

Study: Aspirin Can Lower Cancer Risk

Three studies published today conclude that taking aspirin every day may reduce the risk of cancer and prevent cancer from spreading.

FDA Announces Steps to Ease Cancer Drug Shortages

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said Tuesday that it is taking steps to increase the supply of 2 cancer drugs on its drug shortage list: liposomal doxorubicin (Doxil )and methotrexate.

FDA Warns of Counterfeit Avastin

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning that some fake versions of the cancer drug Avastin (bevacizumab) may have been purchased by medical practices.

Annual Report: More Than a Million Cancer Deaths Avoided in 2 Decades

Newly published statistics from the American Cancer Society show that cancer death rates in the U.S. continue to decrease.

National Cancer Act Marks Milestone

Much progress has been made in cancer research in the 40 years since the National Cancer Act was enacted.

American Cancer Society Changes Its Screening Guideline Process

The American Cancer Society has revised its cancer screening guideline process to make the guidelines more clear and consistent and help people better understand how such decisions are made.

Medicare Open Enrollment Starts and Ends Earlier This Year

The open enrollment period for Medicare coverage is October 15 through December 7, 2011 – several weeks earlier than last year.

HHS Encourages More Patients to Use Electronic Records

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is proposing new rules that would give patients greater control over their electronic health information

Early Study Examines Cancer Risk in Ground Zero Firefighters

A study shows New York City firefighters who responded to the Sept. 11th attacks are more likely to have cancer than firefighters who did not work at the site.

Documentary ‘Not As I Pictured’ Chronicles Filmmaker’s Personal Cancer Story

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.

Annual Report: U.S. Cancer Death Rates Decline, but Disparities Remain

New American Cancer Society statistics show U.S. cancer death rates are decreasing, but rates for the least educated are twice as high as for the most educated.

Number of US Cancer Survivors Growing

There are now nearly 12 million cancer survivors in the United States, according to new statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

New Website Helps Explain Health Care Law

Eight consumer and health organizations have created a new Web site to help the public understand the Affordable Care Act, the health care reform law enacted last year.

Annual Report: US Cancer Death Rates Still Declining

While cancer remains a major public health problem in the United States, cancer death rates among both men and women are continuing to decline, according to the American Cancer Society's (ACS) annual cancer statistics report.

Learn More About the New and Improved Cancer.org

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.

Annual Report: Cancer Death Rate Down; Increase in Certain Cancer Types

The cancer death rate and the number of new cancer cases in the United States continue to drop, according to an annual report released today by leading health organizations.

Coping with Pain

Whether it's from a headache, a broken bone, or something more serious, all of us have experienced pain at one time or another.

Nobel-Winning Work Has Cancer Implications

The work done by scientists who received this year's Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine may have implications for cancer research.

New ACS Report Offers Detailed Portrait of Cancer Among Hispanics

Hispanic Americans are less likely to die from cancer than other groups, but have higher rates of cancers related to infections (stomach, liver, and cervix) and are more likely to be diagnosed at an advanced stage of the disease when treatment may be more difficult, according to Cancer Facts & Figures for Hispanics 2009-2011, the latest edition of this American Cancer Society report.

Tips for a Healthier School Year

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.

Cancer Death Rate Steadily Declining

Cancer death rates are falling steadily, according to the American Cancer Society's annual cancer statistics report, Cancer Facts & Figures 2009, and its companion article "Cancer Statistics, 2009," published in the Society's CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians.

Coping with Stress in Uncertain Times

Times are tough, and with everything from jobs, houses, and nest eggs on the line, stress levels are high.

Bright Spots of 2008

Bad news has a terrible tendency to drown out good news.

Cancer Death Rates and Incidence Down, Annual Report Shows

The cancer death rate in the United States continues to go down, a new report from the nation's leading cancer organizations says. What's more, cancer incidence -- the rate at which new cancers are diagnosed -- also appears to be dropping.

Smoking-related Cancers May Account for Narrowing Gap in Death Rates

Racial disparities in cancer death rates from lung and other smoking-related cancers have narrowed since the early 1990s, while the gap has widened for some cancers whose death rates are more closely tied to screening and treatment, according to a new study published in Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention (CEBP).

Major TV Networks Plan Cancer Benefit

The 3 major television networks—ABC, CBS, and NBC—will join forces this fall to raise funds for cancer research.

Study Examines Success Rates of Phase III Clinical Trials

How often do clinical trials lead to successful new treatments?

ACS Report Calls for Greater Cancer Prevention Efforts

US cancer death rates are still dropping, but until more Americans adopt healthy lifestyle habits and follow screening recommendations, the gains are likely to be small, according to a new American Cancer Society report.

Cancer Disparities: Key Statistics

In any nation, the well-off tend to enjoy better health care -- and better health -- than do the poor and/or members of minority groups.

Cancer Facts and Figures 2008 Released

Cancer mortality rates in the US continue to decline, although the number of actual cancer-related deaths has gone up, according to Cancer Facts and Figures 2008, the American Cancer Society's annual cancer statistics report.

ACS Report Focuses on Global Cancer Toll

Cancer will claim 7.6 million lives worldwide this year, and more than 12 million people will receive cancer diagnoses, according to Global Cancer Facts and Figures 2007, the newest edition to the American Cancer Society's family of Facts and Figures reports.

You Can Help Researchers Learn More About Cancer

Thousands of people attending Relay For Life events this year will have a chance to sign up for important cancer prevention research.

Society Report Describes Historic Drop in Cancer Deaths

A new milestone in the fight against cancer is documented in an annual American Cancer Society report released today.