Get the Cancer Facts

Maybe it's just a rumor. But what if that frightening e-mail about a new cancer risk is really true?

If you've ever asked yourself that question, you're in good company. Cancer information comes at us rapidly nowadays – and it's hard to tell which advice to heed and which to ignore. And if you’re facing a cancer diagnosis, it can be even harder to tell which treatments may be effective and which may be scams instead.

Fortunately, you have a trusted source of cancer information at your fingertips 24/7. The American Cancer Society's Web site,, helps put cancer news in perspective.

Risks, rumors and real data
Our site delivers up-to-date, accurate information about cancer and its causes. You'll find reports on the latest in cancer research, prevention and treatment, along with comments and background from Society experts.

On you can read about breaking news, such as the recent reports about cell phones and cancer. You can also get more information on cancer claims often made in e-mails, Internet sites or everyday conversation. Among the questions we cover:

  • Do lipsticks contain cancer-causing agents?
  • Should I worry about carcinogens in plastic water bottles?
  • Will using antiperspirants give me breast cancer?
  • Should every woman have a CA-125 test for ovarian cancer?
  • Are there ingredients in shampoo that can cause cancer?

Focus on 4 steps that really do prevent cancer
While it's wise to keep up with the latest cancer news, experts remind us to focus our attention on the 4 choices known to prevent 2/3 of all cancers:

  1. Don't use tobacco products.
  2. Maintain a healthy weight.
  3. Get plenty of exercise.
  4. Eat a balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables.

For more help pursuing a healthy, cancer-free lifestyle, check out the Great American Health Challenge.