Whether you or someone you love has cancer, knowing what to expect can help you cope. Here you'll find in-depth information on specific cancer types – including risk factors, early detection, diagnosis, and treatment options.
You can help reduce your risk of cancer by making healthy choices like eating right, staying active and not smoking. It’s also important to follow recommended screening guidelines, which can help detect certain cancers early.
Whether you want to learn about treatment options, get advice on coping with side effects, or have questions about health insurance, we’re here to help.
The American Cancer Society offers programs and services to help you during and after cancer treatment. Below are some of the resources we provide. We can also help you find other free or low-cost resources available.
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Learn about the risk factors for brain and spinal cord tumors and if there are things that you might be able to do to help lower your risk.
A risk factor is anything that increases your chances of getting a disease such as cancer. Learn more about the risk factors for brain and spinal cord tumors.
Other than radiation exposure, there are no known lifestyle-related or environmental causes of brain and spinal cord tumors, so at this time there is no known way to protect against most of these tumors.