In the United States, 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. If you’ve been recently diagnosed, or know someone who has, we’re here with answers, guidance, and support. You’ll also learn about the causes of cancer and what you can do to lower your risk of getting cancer or find it early, when it’s easier to treat.
Learn more about the benefits of good nutrition, regular physical activity, and staying at a healthy weight. We also offer guidance and tips to help you choose healthier options.
Learn about some of the damaging effects that too much sun exposure can have on the skin. You'll also find tips to help you protect yourself and your family from getting too much sun.
All cancers are caused by gene changes. Some types of gene changes that can cause cancer run in families and are inherited from our parents. But gene changes that start in a single cell at some point in a person's life cause most cancers.
Regular cancer screening increases the chances of finding changes that may or may not be cancer before a person has symptoms. Learn what screening tests the American Cancer Society recommends.
Staging is the process of finding out how much cancer there is in the body and where it is located. Doctors use this information to plan treatment and to help predict a person's outlook (prognosis).
If you or someone you care for is facing cancer treatment, you probably have lots of questions that need answered. Learn about how to approach making decisions about cancer treatment, and what to ask your cancer care team.
Palliative care (or supportive care) is medical care that focuses on improving a person's quality of life when they have a serious illness like cancer. It can be given at any point during a person’s illness to relieve symptoms and make them more comfortable.
Cancer navigation provides support to help people with cancer get past barriers to the care they need as quickly as possible. Learn how cancer navigation can help here.
The American Cancer Society creates and publishes books to help people navigate the cancer experience when it touches their lives or members of their family. Find books on cancer from ACS Bookstore.
Get reliable cancer information from the American Cancer Society to help educate yourself, your health care staff, and learn where to find and order print materials for your patients.