Prevention/Early Detection

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.

CDC: Younger Patients Can Get Just 2 Doses of HPV Vaccine

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has revised its recommendation for the HPV vaccination for ages 9 through 14. Children in that age group can now get just 2 shots instead of 3.

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 You Need to Know About Getting a Mammogram

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

Get Vaccinated for a Healthy Back-to-school Start

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

American Cancer Society Updates HPV Vaccine Recommendations to Include Males

The American Cancer Society has updated its guideline for human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccination to include males. Read more here.

4 Cancer Screening Tests for Men

Celebrate the fathers in your life this June by encouraging them to protect their health by getting up to date on cancer screening tests.

How to Spot Skin Cancer

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.

Cancer Screening Tests All Women Should Know About

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.

Colon Cancer Screening: What Are the Options?

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.

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.

HPV in Teen Girls Down 64% Since Vaccinations Began in US

The percentage of teen girls who are infected with the types of human papilloma virus (HPV) covered by the HPV vaccine has dropped significantly since vaccination was introduced in the US in 2006, according to research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Why We Screen for Some Cancers and Not Others

Screening means having a test that looks for cancer or another disease in people who don’t have any symptoms.

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.

Study Shows Promise for Ovarian Cancer Screening

Researchers from the United Kingdom have found that screening women for ovarian cancer may reduce deaths, but they caution that more study is needed to confirm their results.

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.

Why Non-smokers Sometimes Get Lung Cancer

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.

American Cancer Society Releases New Breast Cancer Guideline

The American Cancer Society has released new guidelines for breast cancer screening.

Melanoma Skin Cancer Rates are on the Rise

If rates of melanoma continue to increase at the current pace, 112,000 new cases will be diagnosed in 2030, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

How Your Diet May Affect Your Risk of Breast Cancer

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.

ACS Report: More Work Needed to Reduce Cancer Risk in the U.S.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.