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Preventing Liver Cancer Among People Who Inject Drugs

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Liver cancer is often deadly and can be caused by long-term hepatitis B or hepatitis C virus infections. People who inject drugs are at particularly high risk of getting hepatitis B or hepatitis C. The good news is that vaccines for hepatitis B and testing and treatment for hepatitis B and hepatitis C virus infections have been proven to lower the risk of liver cancer. But even with these prevention tools available, rates of new liver cancer cases are rising.  Read More >

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New Resources Empower Patients and Health Care Professionals to Make Decisions Together

Dr. Lisa Richardson

“Empowerment” has become a buzzword, but what does it really mean? While many definitions exist, it basically means feeling confident to make decisions that are consistent with your values. This feeling is at the heart of the CDC Foundation’s Empowered Health program. The program was designed to provide a pathway to empowerment by helping patients and health care professionals strengthen their relationships, improve their conversations, and make informed medical decisions together based on what’s most important to the patient. Read More >

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Many Cancer Survivors Died Before Their Time During COVID-19 Pandemic

Jane Henley, DCPC Epidemiologist

A new CDC study found that many people with cancer died due to COVID-19 and other diseases during the pandemic. A higher number of deaths occurred during peaks in COVID-19 infections. We spoke to the author Jane Henley to find out more about the study and learn what cancer patients and survivors can do to protect their health. Read More >

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New Data Show That Many HPV-Associated Cancers Can Be Prevented

HPV vaccine is cancer prevention

Do you know how many people in the United States are diagnosed with a cancer associated with human papillomavirus (HPV) each year and how many of those cases could have been prevented? The answers would not be known without the work of scientists in CDC’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control (DCPC). From a new data brief, we now have a better understanding of HPV-associated cancers in the United States. Dr. Virginia Senkomago, PhD, MPH, tells us why this research is important to help prevent cancer. Read More >

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When It Comes to Breast Cancer, Sometimes It’s All in the Family

Has anyone ever told you that you have your mother’s eyes? Or that you look just like your grandmother? We all get our looks and physical traits from our families, but we may not always think about risks we share for diseases like cancer, including breast cancer. The good news is that knowing your family cancer history can give you a head start toward preventing breast cancer. No matter your gender, it’s important to know your risk and learn how to protect yourself. Read More >

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