Category: cancer

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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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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The Cost of Cancer

The total patient economic burden associated with cancer care in 2019 was $21.09 billion. with dollar sign symbol

A cancer diagnosis can affect life in many ways, both for people with cancer and for their families. In addition to the many physical and emotional challenges, many people worry about how they will pay for treatment or what will happen if they aren’t able to work or need to change how they work. Recognizing these costs for individuals and for our society is an important part of understanding the true burden of cancer. Read More >

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Pediatric Cancer Can’t Stop This STAR Athlete

Childhood Cancer Star Act

When Tyler was 13, she found a lump under her right arm. The first test found that it was benign (not cancer). Tyler had surgery to take the lump off. Later, a different test found that the lump was a kind of cancer called a malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor (MPNST), specifically a malignant triton tumor. MPNST forms in the cells around nerves. A malignant triton tumor is a fast-growing tumor named after the triton salamander’s ability to regrow lost legs. Read More >

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