Category: cancer

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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Simple Answers to a Complicated Question: Should You Get Screened for Prostate Cancer?

Mature Male Patient In Consultation With Doctor In Office

As we observe Prostate Cancer Awareness Month during September, it’s a good time to discuss three compelling reasons to stop making excuses. Hopefully, these reasons and the following guidance can help us be more comfortable going to the doctor. Let’s take the mystery out of the process! Read More >

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Still Lost in Transition? A Fresh Look at Life After Cancer

Woman wearing a headscarf gestures while discussing chemotherapy treatment with women in a breast cancer support group.

Every person with cancer looks forward to the day when they become a cancer survivor. But the transition from active cancer treatment to after-treatment care can be confusing—for both survivors and their health care providers. In a recently published paper, three CDC scientists took a fresh look at the challenges faced by new cancer survivors as they learn to adapt to life after a cancer diagnosis.  Read More >

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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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