General Information

Could This 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.

Save Money on Prescription Medicines

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.

Get a Healthy Back-to-school Start

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.

Cancer Specialists Gather to Discuss Innovations in Research and Treatment

More than 25,000 cancer specialists from around the world are gathering in Chicago this week for the 51st annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO).

Study: Websites Marketing Personalized Cancer Care Don’t Always Tell the Whole Story

A study conducted by researchers in Boston has found that many Internet websites market personalized cancer care offerings to patients and doctors that do not have proven benefit.

Statistics Report: 1.5 Million Cancer Deaths Avoided in 2 Decades

Annual statistics reporting from the American Cancer Society shows the death rate from cancer in the US has fallen 22% from its peak in 1991.

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 Under Way 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 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


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.

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.