Prevention/Early Detection

Signs and Symptoms of Colon Cancer

Ideally, people are tested for colon cancer before they ever experience symptoms. Symptoms usually only appear after the cancer has grown or spread.

What’s New in Colon Cancer Testing?

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.

Study: Targeted Biopsy Improves Accuracy of Prostate Cancer Diagnoses

Researchers from the National Cancer Institute have found that using a type of targeted biopsy finds more high-risk prostate cancers and fewer low-risk prostate cancers than standard biopsy.

6 Steps to Help Lower Your Cancer Risk

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.

Study: Following American Cancer Society Guidelines Works

A study of nearly a half-million people has found that sticking to the American Cancer Society’s healthy behavior guidelines is linked with a lower risk of getting cancer, dying from cancer, and dying overall.

FDA Approves Gardasil 9 HPV Vaccine

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Gardasil 9, a new vaccine for human papillomavirus (HPV). The vaccine is expected to become available in February 2015.

Who Should Get the HPV Vaccination and Why

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the US according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

What You Need to Know About Testing for Cervical Cancer

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.

Cancer Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore

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.

Stool DNA Testing for Colon Cancer

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.

Who Should Be Screened for Lung Cancer?

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.

Half of Premature Colon Cancer Deaths Linked to Disparities

American Cancer Society researchers have found that half of all premature colon cancer deaths in the U.S. are linked to racial, socioeconomic, and geographic inequalities.

CDC: Millions of Women Not Getting Cervical Cancer Tests

A new report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finds that 8 million women who should be getting screening tests for cervical cancer are not getting them.

Lung Cancer Risks for Non-smokers

Staying away from tobacco is the most important thing any of us can do to avoid getting lung cancer. But it’s not a guarantee. Every year, about 16,000 to 24,000 Americans die of lung cancer, even though they have never smoked.

CHANGE Grants Help Save Lives in Underserved Communities

The CHANGE Grant Program helps bring education, screenings, and follow-up care to people who otherwise might not have access to those services. The program helps provide access to screening tests for breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer, and helps participants diagnosed with cancer find treatment.

If You’re Called Back After a Mammogram

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.

Study Shows Flexible Sigmoidoscopy Effective for Colon Cancer Screening

A team of researchers led by doctors in Norway has found that screening with flexible sigmoidoscopy, one of the colon screening tests recommended by the American Cancer Society, reduced the rates of colon cancer diagnoses and deaths compared to no screening.

A Shot at a Healthy School Year

As the new school year begins and students head back to the classroom, be sure they’re up to date with vaccinations.

Surgeon General Calls for Action to Prevent Skin Cancer

The US Surgeon General’s office is drawing national attention to skin cancer, calling it a major public health problem that requires immediate action.

Breast Cancer Screening with 3-D Technology Finds More Cancers

Researchers from several radiology centers across the US have found that 3-D mammograms have some advantages over standard digital mammograms, the kind most women receive for regular breast cancer screening.

CDC: Lifestyle Changes Can Reduce Death From Top 5 Causes

Lifestyle changes like avoiding tobacco, increasing physical activity, and eating healthier could significantly reduce deaths in the United States, according to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Healthy Habits for the Men in Your Life

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.

FDA Approves HPV Test as First Line Screening for Cervical Cancer

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has for the first time approved a human papilloma virus (HPV) test that can be used alone instead of the Pap test to screen for cervical cancer.

Experimental Colon Cancer Tests Pass FDA Panel Review

A committee of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has decided the benefits outweigh the risks of 2 experimental tests that look for certain DNA changes (mutations) in cells that can cause colon cancer.

Organizations Commit to Goal of 80% Colon Cancer Testing Rate by 2018

Health-related organizations commit to increase the nation’s colon cancer testing rate to 80% by the year 2018 to help reduce colon cancer incidence and death rates. Learn more here.

Report: More Colon Testing Leads to 30% Drop in Cancer Rates

The rate at which people are diagnosed with colon cancer in the US has dropped 30% in the last 10 years due to more people getting recommended screening tests. Learn more here.

Details of Preparing for a Colon Screening Test

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.

Canadian Study Questions Mammogram Screening; Findings Unlike Those of Other Studies

Canadian researchers have concluded a clinical trial that they say casts doubt on the value of annual screening mammograms for women ages 40 – 59.

President’s Cancer Panel: Efforts Needed to Increase HPV Vaccination Rates

The President's Cancer Panel has released a report calling for a coordinated effort to increase the rates of vaccinations against human papillomavirus (HPV).

FDA Clears Camera-in-a-Pill for People Who Could Not Complete Colonoscopy

A pill that can take pictures of the inside of the colon is now available for people who have not been able to complete a colonoscopy.

About a Third of US Adults Not Getting Colon Cancer Screenings

About one-third of US adults who should be getting screened for colon cancer aren’t getting screened, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Study Links Walking to Lower Breast Cancer Risk

Researchers from the American Cancer Society have found that walking at least 7 hours per week is associated with a 14% lower risk of developing breast cancer after menopause. This finding is consistent with many other studies that show regular exercise can help women lower their risk of breast cancer.

Breast Cancer Symptoms: What You Need to Know

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.

What to Know About Getting a Mammogram

Getting a mammogram every year is important in finding breast cancer early.

Healthy Diet Linked to Lower Risk of Pancreatic Cancer

People who most closely follow healthy eating guidelines may have a lower risk of pancreatic cancer , according to a new study. Read about it here.

Share Healthy Habits at Your Next Family Reunion

If you’re planning or attending a family reunion this summer, make healthy living a part of the activities for young and old alike.

Lower HPV Rates in Teen Girls Attributed to Vaccine

Researchers from the CDC are reporting a 56% drop in human papillomavirus (HPV) infections in girls and young women since the HPV vaccine was introduced in the US.

Study Compares 2 Doses of HPV Vaccine to 3

Canadian researchers are studying whether 2 doses of the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine are as effective as the complete 3-dose series.

ACS Report: Changing Behaviors to Reduce Cancer Risk Remains Challenging

A new report from the American Cancer Society says much of the suffering and death from cancer could be prevented by a more coordinated effort to change individual health behaviors.

Studies Show Effectiveness of Colon Screenings with Easier Preparation

Two recent studies found colon screenings that require a less intensive preparation than a colonoscopy are useful in finding pre-cancerous polyps, or growths.

ACS Report: Collaboration Key to Cancer Prevention Efforts

An American Cancer Society report urges government agencies, private companies, nonprofit organizations, health care providers, policy makers, and the American public to work together to increase the number of people who adopt behaviors that lower cancer risk.

Removing Polyps Prevents Colon and Rectal Cancer Deaths

A new study shows that removing polyps found during colonoscopies prevents deaths from colon and rectal cancer.

What You Can Do About Breast Cancer

What you need to know about breast cancer testing, treatment, and living with the disease.

ACS Report: More Collaboration Needed to Increase Anti-Cancer Efforts

Researchers from the American Cancer Society say it will take a coordinated effort among government, medical, business, nonprofit groups, and the American public to increase the percentages of people who take positive steps to prevent cancer.

Cancer Prevention Guidelines Also Helpful Against Other Diseases

Following American Cancer Society diet and exercise guidelines for cancer prevention can also help reduce the death risk from heart disease and other causes.

Everyday Steps to Help Lower Your Cancer Risk

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.

Daily Aspirin Use May Lower Cancer Death Risk, Study Finds

Taking aspirin regularly may cut your risk of dying from certain cancers by as much as 21%, according to findings from a large study published in The Lancet.

Ovarian Cancer: Common Questions About Symptoms and Screening

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.

Cancer Survivors Spread Message of Early Detection

Although there are many signs the disparity gap is narrowing, cancer continues to take a hefty toll on minority communities.

Revised Prostate Cancer Screening Guidelines: What Has—and Hasn't—Changed

Men should discuss the benefits and risks of prostate cancer screening with their doctors, according to revised prostate cancer screening guidelines from the American Cancer Society (ACS).

ACOG Revises Cervical Cancer Screening Guidelines

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) is now recommending women begin cervical cancer screening at age 21, instead of 3 years after the onset of sexual activity, as was previously recommended by the group.

FDA Approves Second HPV Vaccine

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently green-lighted Cervarix, the second vaccine designed to prevent infections caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV), a serious risk factor for cervical cancer.

Protect Yourself From Breast Cancer

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.

Common Prostate Cancer Questions Answered

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.

How to Control Your Cancer Risk

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.

Prostate Cancer Screening: What Do the Recent Studies Mean?

Two important studies about prostate cancer were published online March 18, 2009 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Prostate Cancer Prevention: The Scoop on Supplements

You may have heard that taking certain vitamin or mineral supplements can lower prostate cancer risk.

Nobel Prize for Discovery of Cervical Cancer Virus

A German scientist has won the Nobel Prize in Medicine, for his discoveries about the family of viruses that cause cervical cancer.

Major Health Organizations Identify 11 Life-saving Preventive Strategies

Following 11 preventive health strategies over the next 30 years could add an average of 1.3 years onto a US adult's life expectancy, according to a new report by researchers from 3 top health organizations.

Faster Tumor Growth Rate Proof Younger Women Need Yearly Mammograms

A new study published in Breast Cancer Research lends further support to the concept of screening women for breast cancer early and often.

Is Aspirin Linked to Lower Breast Cancer Risk?

According to a new study published this week in Breast Cancer Research, daily aspirin use appears to slightly reduce the risk of estrogen receptor-positive (ER+) breast cancer, the most common type of breast cancer.

Prevention the Focus of New Colon Cancer Screening Guidelines

Preventing colon cancer from ever starting is the focus of new colorectal cancer screening guidelines issued Wednesday by the American Cancer Society.

Birth Control Pill Use Cuts Ovarian Cancer Risk

Previous studies have shown that taking birth control pills reduces ovarian cancer risk.

Your Family Health History

Think back for a minute on all the family get-togethers you have attended over the years, and the countless heartfelt conversations that have taken place.

Study Questions Benefit of PSA Tests

Summary: Screening for prostate cancer by measuring blood levels of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) doesn't cut down on deaths from the disease, according to a study in the Archives of Internal Medicine.