The Topic Is Cancer Posts

Helping Make Sure Families Won’t Have to Say Goodbye Because of Cancer

Reda Wilson has worked in cancer prevention and control more than 30 years, including 18 years at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Division of Cancer Prevention and Control. In celebration of the 30th anniversary of CDC’s National Program of Cancer Registries (NPCR), Reda tells us about her experiences building and expanding cancer registries including NPCR, and why the program is so important to her. Read More >

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Men, Cancer, and Culture: How Our Culture Can Help Men Lower Their Cancer Risk

In the United States, June is a time when we pause and celebrate men by observing Father’s Day and Men’s Health Week and Month. During June, we also celebrate cultural observances like Native American Day, National Caribbean-American Heritage Month, Immigrant Heritage Month, and Juneteenth—a new federal holiday commemorating the emancipation of enslaved African Americans. Because cancer affects men differently based on their race and ethnicity, each of June’s cultural observances offers creative opportunities for us to learn how our cultures affect our experiences with cancer. Read More >

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SPF Is My BFF

Kelly Westermann

“As a teenager, I lived on an island. Every summer, I spent three or four days a week at a beach with friends or family. And on those rainy days when I couldn’t get my dose of sun, I would often go to my local tanning booth. After all those years ignoring sunscreen and other forms of sun protection, I have noticed my skin is not as healthy as it could be.” Read More >

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Cancer Doesn’t Wait and Neither Should You

Photo or Dr. Lisa Richardson, Director, CDC Division of Cancer Prevention and Control

Dr. Lisa Richardson talks with cancer survivor April Donaldson about the importance of screening during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Read More >

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A Bright STAR in the Fight Against Childhood Cancer

Scott Lenfestey

My name is Scott Lenfestey and I’m 13 years old and from Cary, North Carolina. I’m also a cancer survivor. I was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia when I was 3 years old, and I went through 3½ years of chemotherapy. Life with cancer was really hard – I wouldn’t wish cancer on anyone. I often felt weak and nauseous, and I missed out on a lot of things that are part of a normal childhood like going to school and playing at friends’ houses. As much as I wanted to be with others, the risk was just too high, and I wanted to avoid any setbacks with my treatment. By the time I finished treatment, I had taken more than 1,500 pills and had been on chemo for more than half of my life. Read More >

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