Couple walking outsideTips for Cancer Survivors During Stressful Times

June 4, 2020
Feelings of uncertainty and fear may weigh heavily on people dealing with a cancer diagnosis or people who have had one in the past. Whether worrying about the risk of infection or about cancer coming back, cancer survivors may find it harder to stay healthy. June is Cancer Survivor’s Month, a good time to recognize and support people who have been told they have cancer. If you know a cancer survivor or are one yourself, here are some tips to keep in mind.

Death rates from cancer dropped 26 percent from 1999 to 2018.The News on Cancer Deaths in the United States: Good, Bad, and Fantastic

May 29, 2020
CDC works with agencies and organizations across the country to find ways to prevent people from getting cancer. We work with states to keep track of the number of people who get and die from cancer, and find out if those ideas work. Together, we can go beyond reducing the number of people who die from cancer—to stop people from ever getting cancer at all.

Photo of a bingo cardTackling Breast Cancer Through Prevention, Not Just Treatment

May 21, 2020
“I will keep getting my recommended mammograms, try to take better care of myself, get more exercise, and save the champagne cocktail for special occasions. And I am excited by the promise of healthier communities in the future, where women from all different backgrounds can enjoy more years of life, cancer-free.”

Photo of Cassie standing on a paddle board in a lake.Staying Healthy and Preventing Disease in More Ways Than One

May 7, 2020
“We can’t control our genetics, but there are some things we can control. So many people all around me were sick with often preventable diseases, such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. If I was going to remove my breasts to prevent illness, why would I not do everything in my control to keep from getting something else I could avoid?”

Robin Soler with her daughtersThe Sun Is My Vice

May 1, 2020
“Sun is my vice. It makes me feel good. It’s the root of my family name. Suns hang on the wall in my home reminding me and my children to shine—to be our best. We often speak of “vices” as something that’s okay because we do so many other things right. My vice damaged my skin.”

Rethink your drink to lower your risk of cancer.Alcohol Awareness Month: Rethink Your Drink

April 10, 2020
Most of us are familiar with the link between some lifestyle behaviors and cancer—like smoking or physical inactivity. But some people may be surprised that alcohol consumption is also a risk factor for cancer, and that these lifestyle factors combined contribute to as much as 40% of cancers. Given that half of U.S. adults drink alcohol, it’s important to understand how alcohol use increases the risk of cancer.

National Program of Cancer RegistriesCancer Registry Data: In the Clouds

April 3, 2020
Technology has come a long way in recent years. With one click we can have items at our doorstep within days or even hours! We can catch a ride to the airport, keep in touch with friends and family on social networks, and use Internet search engines for movie trivia instead of our memories. A lot of technological advancements add to fun and convenience, but technological advancements in cancer registry data can affect lives.

Photo of a person washing her handsBest Remedy for COVID-19 Is Prevention

March 16, 2020
Since the novel coronavirus was first identified and named in January, there has been a flurry of news articles and social media posts about the respiratory illness, also known as COVID-19.

Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer; map of United StatesConversations with Authors: The Annual Report to the Nation

March 12, 2020
Since 1998, the Annual Report to the Nation has provided a yearly status report on cancer. We give an update of rates for new cases and deaths, as well as trends for the most common cancers in the United States.

Maureen MillerPhysician, Get Yourself Screened

February 20, 2020
In recognition of Cancer Prevention Month, a “disease detective” in CDC’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control talks about what happened when she seemed too busy screening patients for cancer to get screened herself.

Rhonda Walker during cancer treatment.Perspective

February 10, 2020
“My beautiful long, blonde hair was completely gone just after the new year. I was 42 years old. I will never forget the look on my seven-year old son’s face the first time he saw me bald—his sad eyes broke my heart. He could not wrap his mind around the thought that a doctor would give me medicine that would make my hair fall out.”

Dr. Unger as a medical residentTeal and White Yesterday and Today: The Evolution of Cervical Cancer Screening

January 30, 2020
Cervical cancer screening is a success story. This cancer is now rare in the United States. Throughout these four decades of change, Dr. Unger said she always had “respect for the specimen.” Each piece of tissue comes from a woman in whom we can help prevent cervical cancer with high-quality science.

Cancer is a fight. Don't let the flu knock you down. Fight back! Get your flu shot.Cancer, Flu, and You

January 10, 2020
The U.S. flu season has started and is expected to continue for weeks. If you have cancer now or have had cancer in the past, you are at high risk for potentially serious complications from flu. As you spend time with loved ones this winter, remember to take these three actions to fight flu.

Photo of Jane Henley and her motherNine Caring Ways to Support a Lung Cancer Survivor

October 31, 2019
You may know someone with lung cancer. Here are nine incredible ways that you can support lung cancer survivors.

LindaLinda Answers Cancer Survivors’ Questions about Healthy Living

October 24, 2019
As a cancer survivor, you may have health questions, but don’t know who to ask. Linda is a virtual friend and coach who provides guidance on healthy lifestyle choices.

From 2004 to 2009, about 89% of white women and about 78% of black women survived at least five years after a breast cancer diagnosis.Getting the Right Treatment at the Right Time to Reduce Inequities in Breast Cancer Survival

October 9, 2019
In 2017, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a comprehensive series of articles on 5-year survival across several cancers. For breast cancer, 5-year survival for all women was high—around 90%—but survival was more than 10% lower among black women compared with white women, which suggests that racial inequalities still exist despite great advances in breast cancer treatment options.

Photo of Jamie and her son Paxton.Easing the Burden of Children and Families Dealing with Cancer

October 1, 2019
As a part of the American Childhood Cancer Organization (ACCO), I work to make the lives of children and families suffering from cancer easier by providing free information and resources that benefit the entire family, including the child. My involvement with ACCO is very personal since in 2014, my son was diagnosed with a very aggressive, stage four cancer at the age of five.

Photo of Vivian and her dadHispanic Heritage Month: New Spanish-Language Resources for Cancer Patients Getting Chemotherapy

September 11, 2019
Does my dad really have to have stage 4 cancer and not be able to understand what his medical team is telling him? I didn’t like the answer. In honor of my dad and Hispanic Heritage Month, I’m so proud to spread the word about the Preventing Infections in Cancer Patients program that is available in English and Spanish.

Photo of Vivian and her dadMes de la Herencia Hispana: Nuevos recursos en español para pacientes con cáncer que reciben quimioterapia

September 11, 2019
¿Es realmente necesario que mi papá tenga cáncer en estadio 4 y no pueda entender lo que su equipo médico le está diciendo? No me gustó la respuesta. En honor a mi padre y al Mes de la Herencia Hispana, tengo el orgullo de correr la voz sobre el programa Prevención de Infecciones en Pacientes con Cáncer que está disponible en inglés y español.

Jordyn with her family.Reflections on My Childhood Cancer Experience 10 Years Later

September 3, 2019
Having cancer taught me to try to find as much joy where you can get it. A cancer diagnosis and treatment can be so harrowing and overwhelming that it’s important to keep a focus on what you love. For me it’s humor, soccer, friends, and family. Cancer made me who I am, and I like who I am. I also learned that short hair can be cute!

Men, It’s Time for Real Talk about Prostate Health

August 29, 2019
Should men get screened for prostate cancer? Each man must decide for himself. That’s why it’s important to talk about screening (testing) with our doctor. While we may be a bit anxious about this conversation, we have to remember that there’s a great deal at stake—our families, our lifestyle, and quality of life.

Mother breastfeeding sonBreastfeeding for Cancer Prevention

August 1, 2019
Most people know there are many benefits to breastfeeding. We’ve probably all heard that it’s the best source of nutrition for most babies and provides many health benefits for infants. The health benefits for women who breastfeed, however, are less commonly known. In addition to lowering a mother’s risk for type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure, breastfeeding can also lower a mother’s risk of breast and ovarian cancers.

Doctor using an iPadFour Reasons Why You Should Use the U.S. Cancer Statistics Tools

July 1, 2019
U.S. Cancer Statistics, the official federal cancer statistics covering the entire United States population, has been updated with new data and new ways to analyze the data by demographics and risk factors. Learn more about how you can explore and use the latest U.S. cancer data.

Ten Years Working Together for Cancer PatientsCelebrating 10 Years of Collaboration to Prevent Infections in Cancer Patients

June 26, 2019
In 2009, CDC and the CDC Foundation, with financial support from Amgen Oncology, announced the Preventing Infections in Cancer Patients program that would provide evidence-based resources for patients, caregivers, and health care providers on how to lower the risk of infection.

Photo of two people holding handsCancer Survivors Month: Free Help to Quit Smoking

June 25, 2019
For cancer survivors in particular, we now know you can take important steps to lower the risk of cancer coming back. These include knowing your family history and living a healthy lifestyle, including being physically active and eating a balanced diet. A healthy lifestyle also means being tobacco-free.

A group of five older people standing together in a park wearing casual clothing.The Value of Prevention Does Not End at 65

June 4, 2019
“Medical science deserves hearty congratulations for extending the lifespan of Americans to 80 years and beyond. This is truly an impressive feat, considering that most babies born in 1900 did not live past the age of 50. I rejoice in my own longevity, as I’m sure you do. But I also wonder whether the same health care system that gave me these extra years is doing its best to help me make sure those years are healthy ones. Frankly, I have my doubts.”

Close-up of face with more than 20 stitches under the eyeLive and Learn: How Skin Cancer Made Prevention a Priority for Me

May 28, 2019
“Even though I knew I had almost every risk factor for skin cancer—a lighter natural skin tone, red hair, and a lot of sun exposure from my teen years as a lifeguard—I fell into the far too common trap of thinking that skin cancer wouldn’t happen to me.”

Green cancer ribbon in the palm of a handA Call for Action: Responding to the Increasing Incidence of Liver Cancer in the United States

May 9, 2019
Liver cancer is on the rise in the United States, but is largely preventable. CDC’s National Comprehensive Cancer Control Program is committed to decreasing liver cancer incidence. We are working with federal and non-federal partners to fight this deadly disease and save lives.

Photo of a person applying sunscreenThe Truth About Sunscreen: 7 Facts That Will Set You Straight for Skin Protection This Summer

May 1, 2019
With summer around the corner, smart sun lovers are planning how to keep their skin safe from sunburn and skin cancer while enjoying the warmer weather. Here are some important facts about sunscreen that will have you loving your skin and the summer at the same time!

When Cancer Runs in the Family

April 23, 2019
“I’ve learned a lot about my family in the process as these health conversations have often turned into stories of our history, our tenacity, and characteristics that we all share. I know that Aunt Pat would be proud of us for having these tough conversations and learning more about ourselves. We all miss her, but her memory remains strong.”

Photo of a nurse talking to a patientPatient Navigation: Helping Those Facing Cancer Find the Way

April 1, 2019
“Support is key not only in cancer treatment, but also as a part of prevention efforts and through cancer survivorship. During an overwhelming time, patient navigators can create a trusted environment to provide personalized guidance. I want to recognize these often-unsung heroes and their contributions to each and every person facing cancer.”

Screen for Life National Colorectal Cancer Action CampaignA Big Anniversary for Screen for Life!

March 4, 2019
“One day soon, I hope this campaign and others like it can fade away, as colorectal cancer screening becomes the norm for everyone. As we say, “No more excuses, folks!” Screening really does save lives.”

Dr. Shayne Gallaway with his grandmother.Supporting Cancer Survivors Who Use Tobacco

February 21, 2019
“My grandmother died of lung cancer after a seven-year battle. She fought like a champ, without ever so much as a complaint. She was like a second mother, and one of my favorite people in the world. I still cry when I think about the day we lost her. Cancer doesn’t discriminate. In our lifetime, it’s almost guaranteed that we will all know a family member or friend diagnosed with cancer.”

80 percent in every communityNational Colorectal Cancer Roundtable: 80% in Every Community

February 20, 2019
“In 2015, working with CDC’s Colorectal Cancer Control Program became deeply personal when my sister-in-law died of colorectal cancer. Jan was age 56 when she died and she had been diagnosed with stage 4 colorectal cancer two years earlier. Like millions of people age 50 to 74 years, Jan had never been screened for colorectal cancer; in fact, she was in the age group (50 to 54 years) with the lowest U.S. rate of screening. Her colorectal cancer could have been prevented or detected early, when treatment is more effective. Jan could have been alive today.”

I am and I will World Cancer Day logoWorld Cancer Day Reflections from Dr. Lisa Richardson

February 4, 2019
World Cancer Day, observed annually on February 4, raises worldwide awareness about cancer. In this blog entry, Dr. Lisa Richardson answers a few questions on how far we have come in lowering the number of cancer cases and deaths and about the future of cancer prevention.

National Comprehensive Cancer Control Program logoNew Year’s Resolution: Prevent Cervical Cancer

January 30, 2019
“Each year, approximately 12,000 women in the United States get cervical cancer. Although all women are at risk for cervical cancer, all women do not have to get this cancer. Cervical cancer can be prevented or treated, if found early. The keys to prevention and control are education, vaccination, and screening.”

Photo of Cynthia GelbLet’s Help Women Understand: What We Need to Know About Gynecologic Cancers

January 4, 2019
“Once upon a time, women were told to get a Pap test every year. And most of us did, even though it wasn’t always clear why we were being tested. We just did what we were told and thought it was a surefire way to stay healthy. But times and recommendations have changed about what test to have, how often to have it, and the reason to have it.”

Student drawing a heart on her deskThis Blog May Inspire You, but Motivation Is Another Story

December 18, 2018
“While I can educate my friends and family about the harms of smoking and the benefits of cessation and inspire them to quit smoking, I know they will each find their own reason to quit smoking. Maybe they want to spend their money on something besides cigarettes. Maybe they do not want to smell like smoke anymore. Maybe they want to be healthy enough to play with their grandchildren and be around to see them grow up. Mike was my reason. What’s yours?”

Photo of Angela Dunbar with her family.The Power Is In Our Hands

December 7, 2018
“Even if you’re one of the healthiest people you know, always remember that the person beside you may not be so lucky. Handwashing is not just about protecting yourself, but about protecting people around you.”

Sherri Stewart with her father and her husbandRaising Awareness and Providing Solutions for Cancer in American Indians and Alaska Natives

November 29, 2018
“We all have a lot to learn about the diverse cultures of America’s first people. We also have much to do to help American Indians improve their health status by preventing and controlling cancer.”

Photo of a person holding a white ribbonThere Is Hope for a Future with Less Lung Cancer

November 6, 2018
“This November, as we raise awareness about lung cancer, we also proclaim the progress that has been made that gives us hope for the future.”

Photo of Demetrius Parker in 1996 holding his young son Vitthal, and seated next to his late father John H. Parker, Sr.Men, Let’s Look at Our Culture to Understand and Improve Our Health

October 23, 2018
“Understanding your cultural background can help you prevent cancer or control it. For example, the foods you eat, how physically active you are, how close you are to a doctor’s office—even religious and spiritual beliefs—can either make it more or less likely that you may get cancer in your lifetime.”

Do you know your risk? cdc.gov/BringYourBraveBe Informed. Be Empowered.

October 9, 2018
Many breast cancers can be found early and treated. Getting the right screening at the right time can make a difference for you.

Photo of a womanKnow Your Body. Know Your Family History.

August 30, 2018
“There is no screening test recommended for any gynecologic cancer except for cervical cancer. Knowing your own body, recognizing that something may be wrong, and seeing a doctor may be lifesaving.”

Photo of Dr. Teri LarkinsWomen: Take Time for Self-Care. You’re Worth It!

May 23, 2018
“My late grandmother was an accomplished elementary school principal and teacher when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She took action to modify her lifestyle. As I have been inspired by my grandmother, I encourage you to learn your personal and family health history. Make wellness a part of every dimension of life.”

Photo of a woman talking to her doctor5 Things Cancer Survivors Should Know About Their Mental Health

May 17, 2018
Sharing how you’re feeling mentally is just as important as sharing how you feel physically. Talk to your health care provider.

Photo of a bech bag, a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and a towel5 Simple Sun Safety Strategies

May 8, 2018
Skin cancer can sometimes be deadly, and the treatment often leaves scars. Why take the risk? There are many ways to be sun safe. Find strategies that work for you and your family, so you can keep your skin healthy and still have fun!

Photo of MalloryProtecting Your Skin Is Worth the Effort

May 1, 2018
“I wish I could tell 16-year-old me to never start tanning,” says skin cancer survivor Mallory. “As a mother, I will try very hard to make sure my children never tan. I want them to know that the skin they were born with is perfect, just the way it is.”

Wheel showing the 10 essential public health services that all communities should undertake: 1 Monitor health; 2 Diagnose and investigate health problems; 3 Inform, educate, and empower people; 4 Mobilize community partnerships; 5 Develop policies; 6 Enforce laws; 7 Link people to health care; 8 Assure a competent workforce; 9 Evaluate and 10 Research.Data on the Forefront: How CDC Keeps Measuring Progress and Targeting Action

April 12, 2018
Data allow people to monitor health in communities, whether that is a small area or the entire country. High-quality, reliable cancer statistics mean we can accurately track who is getting cancer and what types of cancer are increasing or decreasing. Showing these data in an understandable way means everyone involved can work smarter and do more good.

Drinking alcohol raises the risk of some cancers. The less alcohol you drink, the lower the risk of cancer.3 Weird Things About Acetaldehyde

April 2, 2018
Acetaldehyde can cause cancer, and the more acetaldehyde you are exposed to, the higher your cancer risk. But what is acetaldehyde?

Photos of three native American peopleA Matter of Trust: Colorectal Cancer Screening among Native Americans

March 21, 2018
Fewer than half of American Indian and Alaska Native people are current with colorectal cancer screening. CDC partners with Indian Health Service and Tribally-run clinics to get more native American men and women screened. Partnership helps us reach out in ways that respect customs and culture and create trust.

Photo of Cindy GelbPrevent Colorectal Cancer: We Can Do It!

March 1, 2018
“A childhood friend has late-stage colon cancer. The prognosis is grim. But this is one cancer you can prevent,” writes Cindy Gelb, lead of CDC’s Screen for Life campaign. “One more late-stage diagnosis is one too many. Each of us really can make a difference.”

You can help prevent cancer by making healthy choicesLowering Your Cancer Risk: A Matter of Ups and Downs

February 20, 2018
Like creating a great song, creating a healthy body is a matter of ups and downs. A few simple choices can help you engineer a lifetime with lower cancer risk.

You can protect yourself and your family against some cancers by getting vaccinated.Vaccination Nation: A Real Shot at Preventing Cancer

February 14, 2018
Suppose someone tells you there are quick, easy ways to help keep people from getting some kinds of cancer. Would you believe it?

You can help prevent cancer!Inspiring and Taking Action Against Cancer

January 31, 2018
On World Cancer Day, it’s important to set our sights on a future where every person has the right information, makes healthy choices that prevent cancer before it starts, has the right screening at the right time, and gets good cancer treatment no matter where they live.

Photo of Dr. Virginia SenkomagoGet the Facts: 3 Myths about Cervical Cancer Screening

January 9, 2018
DCPC’s Dr. Virginia Senkomago says, “My friend told me that she had not been screened for cervical cancer since the birth of her now 10-year-old daughter. I tried to shed light on the myths she believed that make it okay for her to avoid screening.”

Photo of Gail Sullivan, a patient navigator in the New Hampshire Colorectal Cancer Screening Program.The Six Steps New Hampshire Took to Get More People Screened for Colorectal Cancer

January 2, 2018
Screening at the right age can find colorectal cancer before it starts, but some people still don’t go for many reasons. A CDC-funded program in New Hampshire created a way to overcome the problems patients had getting screened.

FORCE: Facing Our Risk of Cancer EmpoweredCDC Partner Spotlight: Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered (FORCE)

November 20, 2017
This Thanksgiving holiday is also Family Health History Day. Bring Your Brave shines a spotlight on the amazing work of a partner that aims to improve the lives of individuals affected by hereditary cancer.

Survive AL Gulf States Young Breast Cancer Survivor NetworkCDC Partner Spotlight: Gulf States Young Breast Cancer Survivor Network

October 26, 2017
Karen Meneses, PhD, RN, FAAN, Director of SurviveAL – Gulf States Young Breast Cancer Survivor Network, says, “Don’t isolate yourself as a young woman facing breast cancer. Many programs offer support.”

Dr. Jacqueline MillerTackling Breast Cancer: The Right Treatment for the Right Woman at the Right Time

October 18, 2017
“As I talked to a patient of mine about how breast cancer took her sister’s life at the age of 42, I was reminded of how challenging it is to explain how breast cancer is a different disease in every woman. The key is getting the right treatment for the right woman at the right time.”

Audra Moran, President and CEO of the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund AllianceClosing Gaps in Ovarian Cancer

September 25, 2017
In recognition of Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, CDC’s Sherri Stewart and Audra Moran, President and CEO of the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance, discuss the current state of ovarian cancer treatment and improvements that can reduce deaths from ovarian cancer among all women.

Photo of Terry and her husband JohnnyI Did Everything to Avoid Cancer…And It Still Got Me

August 30, 2017
Terri makes it her mission to help women who are at risk for or who have ovarian cancer. She is also determined to live her life to the fullest. “I feel that [cancer is] a life sentence, not a death sentence,” Terri says.

Photo of PamMaking Our Health a Priority in Honor of National Cancer Survivors Day

June 1, 2017
“Having cancer forced me to understand the importance of making my health a priority, and I challenge each of you to do the same,” says breast cancer survivor Pam Bryant.

Photo of the mobile mammo busMammo Bus Brings Breast Cancer Screening to American Indian Women

May 16, 2017
A group of partners in and around the Fond du Lac reservation in Minnesota is bringing no-cost mammograms to American Indian women with the Mobile Mammo Bus. More than 650 women have been screened for breast cancer over the nine years that the program has been in place. “The mobile unit resonates throughout the community here,” says a cancer outreach worker on the reservation.

Photo of Lewis and his dogLewis’ Story: Throat Cancer Changed His World

April 6, 2017
“When you hear the word ‘cancer,’ your world changes in an instant,” says Lewis. Diagnosed with stage 4 throat cancer, Lewis endured seven weeks of chemotherapy and radiation treatments, which shrunk the tumor to the point that it could no longer be found. Lewis and his wife Amy started a support group for people with head and neck cancers.

Photo of Dr. J. Sumner BellLiving Through the Decades and Getting Closer to Colorectal Cancer Screening

March 13, 2017
If you grew up in the 1970s, it was a time of bell bottoms and groovy tunes. You may have worn mood rings and watched John Travolta on Welcome Back Kotter. It’s 2017, and if you’re now 50 years or older, let this be the year of your colorectal cancer screening appointment.

Photo of Dr. Lisa RichardsonCDC Celebrates World Cancer Day

February 2, 2017
“In honor of World Cancer Day on February 4th, I’m going to pause for a moment to share with you what CDC has done to help improve cancer prevention, early detection, and treatment; to raise awareness about cancer; and educate people with cancer. I’m proud of CDC’s battle against cancer.”

Tribal Policies Help Set Smoke-Free Standard

November 16, 2016
Reducing exposure to tobacco saves human suffering and economic hardship, since it is especially dangerous to children, elders, and diabetics. In addition, smoke-free spaces help people quit abusing tobacco—a particularly important outcome in Fond du Lac, where more than half of tribal members smoke cigarettes. This project helped create a community norm that celebrates healthy environments.

Photo of PamBreast Cancer Survivorship: Pam’s Story

September 27, 2016
When Pam Bryant was diagnosed with breast cancer at only 43 years old, she was disappointed, but not surprised. Several close family members had been diagnosed with breast cancer at an early age, including her mother, a maternal aunt, and a cousin.

Photo of Van S. Breeding, MDA Rural Community Overcomes Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening

September 7, 2016
“As a personal champion for screening colonoscopies, I used my own story, along with stories of people under the age of 50 in our community who had gone through colonoscopies, in order to encourage our patients to get screened.”

Photo of Dr. Lisa RichardsonCDC Helps “Shoot for the Moon”

August 3, 2016
“CDC and all Cancer Moonshot partners are here to make sure fewer people get cancer, but if cancer develops, we must respect the individuals and meet their needs while giving hope.”

Cheat Sheet for Men’s Cancer Screenings and Good HealthOverwhelmed by Too Many Health Tips? Cheat Sheet for Men’s Cancer Screenings and Good Health

June 13, 2016
“If you’re like my husband, you get a lot of health tips from your wife, mom, coworkers, and friends. To help you manage your cancer screenings, I’ve created your very own cheat sheet for cancer screenings and good health. Print it out and take it to your next appointment so you can add your doctor’s recommendations for further screenings or tests based on your own health, family history, and age.”

Cheat Sheet for Women’s Cancer Screenings and Good HealthOverwhelmed by Too Much Health Advice? Cheat Sheet for Women’s Cancer Screenings and Good Health

May 16, 2016
Our “cheat sheet” summarizes the cancer screenings most women need. But remember, there’s more to your health than just cancer screenings. Print the cheat sheet and take it with you to your next well-woman exam, so you can write down tests your doctor may recommend for other diseases or conditions such as diabetes, osteoporosis, high blood pressure, or cholesterol.

Photo of GaryI Have Liver Cancer, But You Don’t Have To

March 9, 2016
An illness caught Gary, 61, off guard in 2013. When doctors suggested he go for more tests, he knew his condition was more severe than he first guessed. But the test results found something he never expected: liver cancer.

Photo of the Charlotte Kimelman Cancer Institute in St. ThomasThe Global Challenge of Cancer

February 2, 2016
“I learned that there were only a few physicians who provided care to cancer patients outside of the hospital in St. Thomas, and many of the patients who were diagnosed with cancer left the islands for treatment due to cultural stigma as well as limited financial resources.”

Photo of George HilliardMy Personal Prescription for Surviving Cancer

November 18, 2015
“I began my journey back to health by relying on my support network and positive attitude,” says three-time cancer survivor George.

Preventing Infections in Cancer Patients: A comprehensive initiative led by CDC and the CDC Foundation to reduce infections in people with cancerChemotherapy’s Most Serious Side Effect

November 4, 2015
“Whether it’s one of my patients or a friend, I’m often asked about the side effects of chemotherapy. Usually, they want to know if they’ll lose their hair—a valid and reasonable question. I answer this question for them (depends on the type of chemotherapy), but then start talking about a more serious side effect called neutropenia. It’s one that they might not know to ask about.”

Photo of Traci RamirezBeing a Cancer Survivor Reminds Me Life Is Precious

October 15, 2015
“It hasn’t been easy. I’ve gone through bouts of fear, anxiety, and disappointment on my way back to wellness. … On the other hand, I have been able to regain my happy life. My diagnosis has given me a greater appreciation for life.”

Graph showing the actual and projected mortality rates for all cancer sites combined, by race and sex, United States, 1975 to 2020Are We On Track to Reducing Illness and Death from Cancer by 2020?

July 2, 2015
“Death rates are predicted to continue decreasing for cancers of the female breast, lung and bronchus, cervix and uterus, colon and rectum, oral cavity and pharynx, and prostate. We were disappointed to find that this is not true for melanoma.”

A photo of Sharon McKenna enjoying a sunny dayA Tan Is Not a Sign of Health

April 28, 2015
“Knowledge is power, and I want to equip children with tools to protect them against sun damage,” says Sharon McKenna, Sun Safety Manager, Arizona Department of Health Services. “Simply keep your skin the color it came in, and you, too, can make a world of difference.”

Photo of Dr. Lisa RichardsonPrevent Colorectal Cancer: The Best Test Is the One That Gets Done

March 2, 2015
“As an oncologist, a public health professional, and someone who admits to being over 50, I’m here to say that there are no more excuses. If you are 50 years old or older, it’s time to get screened for colorectal cancer.”

Family Trees and Family Ties: Can Family Communication Increase Breast Cancer Screening and Monitoring?

August 25, 2014
“This story shows key issues about the role of family ties in breast cancer monitoring and risk assessment. Do family members share important health information with each other? Do family members encourage each other to be screened for breast cancer as recommended?”

Knowing BRCA Changed My Life

June 10, 2014
“Despite the perception that breast cancer is only something older women need to worry about, young women can and do get breast cancer. I myself was a young woman at high risk, but didn’t know it. Just months after a clean mammogram, in late 2007, I heard those terrible words, ‘You have breast cancer.’”

Photo of Dr. Travis KidnerMelanoma: A Surgeon and Survivor’s Perspective

April 29, 2014
“As a doctor, my job is to do everything I can to achieve the best possible outcomes for my patients. But as a cancer survivor, I feel a huge responsibility to help prevent new melanoma cases. Exposure to UV radiation from either the sun or artificial tanning lamps is the leading cause of skin cancers worldwide.”

How Health Care Providers Can Use Genomics to Prevent Cancer

March 31, 2014
“Family history information can save patients’ lives! Encourage your patients to learn their family history of cancer for all relatives through their grandparents’ generation if possible.”

Photo of Dr. Frank ColangeloWe’re Increasing Colorectal Cancer Screening; You Can, Too!

March 10, 2014
“I became a very strong champion for colorectal cancer screening several years ago after one of my patients died from this terrible disease in his early 50s.”

Photo of Dawn HolmanThe Bright Side of Going Dark

February 24, 2014
“Our seemingly harmless nighttime habits may not only interfere with our sleep, but may also increase our cancer risk.”

Photo of Cynthia GelbThe Power of the Pap

January 28, 2014
“During the past 40 years in the United States, the number of women dying from cervical cancer has decreased dramatically, largely because of the Pap test. We owe so much to Dr. Georgios Papanikolaou, the inventor of the Pap test.”

Lung Cancer—Why the Numbers Are Personal

January 9, 2014
“Many people have worked very hard to tell the story of the dangers of smoking. My mother was 67 years old when she was diagnosed with lung cancer. She started smoking cigarettes when she was 15 years old, and tried to quit almost every day of her life. After her diagnosis, she did succeed and stayed smoke-free until her last breath, 14 months later.”

Photo of Dr. Marcus PlesciaWhy I Chose FIT—And You Can, Too!

December 16, 2013
When Dr. Marcus Plescia, former director of CDC’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, turned 50, it was time to get tested for colorectal (colon) cancer. Which of the three recommended screening tests did he choose?