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Protect Yourself and Others: Get the Flu Shot

boxing glove punching through a wall,fighting back against the flu

Now more than ever, I feel even stronger about getting the flu shot, especially for people who have cancer now or have finished their treatment. People with cancer or cancer survivors may have a weak immune system due to their cancer or treatment. Being vaccinated for the flu is important for them because of their higher risk of having serious medical problems if they do get the flu (e.g., pneumonia). Read More >

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Clean Hands: A Key Part of Preventing Infections

Unrecognizable mom helps her young daughter wash her hands. They are rubbing their hands together creating foam with the soap.

Handwashing is one of the most important things you can do to protect yourself from getting sick. Getting an infection can be especially dangerous if you are a cancer patient getting chemotherapy treatment because you may not be able to fight off infections as well as you could before starting chemotherapy.  Read More >

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National Family Caregivers Month: Prioritize Self-Care

Kim and her mother

Caring for a loved one with cancer can be hard. Caregivers may struggle with anxiety, depression, and sleeping problems because of the demands of their role and the effects of coping with a loved one’s illness. Caregiving can be overwhelming, so it’s important for caregivers to take care of their physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Read More >

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Liver Cancer Is Preventable: Find Out How During October’s Liver Cancer Awareness Month

Most liver cancers are related to Hepatitis virus B or C infections

The percentage of Americans who get liver cancer has been rising for several decades. We know this, thanks to CDC’s United States Cancer Statistics database (USCS) administered by CDC’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control. USCS data allow us to follow liver cancer trends. Using the CDC data we are able to understand and design responses to help prevent and control liver cancer problems. Most importantly, we are able to monitor our success. Read More >

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Celebrate Your Age—It’s Good for Your Health

Two senior friends laugh affectionately together. The women are standing outside on a sunny but cool day. They are dressed in casual sweaters. One woman is of African descent and the other is Caucasian.

Researchers have examined how ageism is internalized, or gets under the skin, under a theory Yale researcher Becca Levy called “stereotype embodiment.” Negative stereotypes about older adults are common in our culture. These self-perceptions can act as self-fulfilling prophecies. Read More >

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