Top 10 Cancer News Stories of 2016

Our team of journalists works hard every day to bring you the latest news and information about cancer topics to keep you informed. We monitor scientific journal articles, government health and cancer reports, and studies from our own American Cancer Society researchers to bring you the news you need about ways to lower your risk from cancer, and ways to cope with the disease.

In 2016 we published stories about new findings in cancer risk factors, treatments, and survivorship issues in children and adults. Our writers and editors have chosen the 10 most significant stories of the year.

HPV drops since vaccinations began in US

Research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows the percentage of teen girls infected with human papilloma virus (HPV) has dropped significantly since vaccination was introduced in 2006. HPV is linked to several types of cancer.

Protect your health by breaking up long stretches of sitting

Data from several studies, including the American Cancer Society Cancer Prevention Study II Nutrition Cohort, shows it takes about 3 times the recommended daily amount of physical activity to offset the dangers of sitting for 8 hours a day. Read our practical tips for interrupting long periods of sitting.

Recommendations on taking daily aspirin

The United States Preventive Services Task Force published recommendations about aspirin use to help prevent colon cancer, heart attacks, and strokes. But taking low-dose daily aspirin is potentially more dangerous for some people than for others, so you need to talk to your doctor to be sure.

E-cigarette use skyrockets among teenagers and young adults

The US Surgeon General says electronic cigarette use among youth has risen to the level of a public health concern. A new report shows e-cigarette use grew 900% among high school students from 2011 to 2015 and is now the most popular tobacco product among this age group.

Alcohol, processed meats, and excess weight linked to stomach cancer

A report from the American Institute for Cancer Research and the World Cancer Research Fund says thousands of stomach cancer cases could be prevented in the US if people maintained a healthy weight, limited alcohol, and avoided bacon, hot dogs, and other processed meats.

Smoking even just a little is still too much

Researchers from the National Cancer Institute studied light smokers and found that even if you smoke as little as 1 cigarette a day over your lifetime, you still significantly increase your risk of dying from lung cancer, as well as dying early from any cause.

Financial problems lower quality of life for many survivors

A study published in Cancer, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, shows that almost one-third of survivors experience financial hardships as a result of their cancer. And these hardships affect their physical and mental health.

Shedding light on treatment choices for men with prostate cancer

A study out of the United Kingdom shows men with early-stage prostate cancer were just as likely to survive whether they were treated with surgery, radiation, or active monitoring (closely watching their disease for any changes and giving them active treatment only if needed).

New findings about the fertility of childhood cancer survivors

A study by researchers from leading cancer centers across the US finds that male survivors of childhood and adolescent cancers who were treated with chemo are more likely than female survivors to have fertility problems when they grow up.

A surprising finding about moles and melanoma

People with a lot of moles on their body are thought to be at greater risk for melanoma skin cancer. But according to a study published in JAMA Dermatology, most people who get melanoma have few or no moles, so it’s important for everyone to pay attention to their skin and perform skin self-exams.

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