Skin cancer affects more Americans than any other malignancy. In fact, nearly 1 in 5 will develop it. But a new survey finds huge gaps in public knowledge about risk factors.
The statistic is sobering: One in 8 people worldwide dies of cancer each year. But there is some good news. By making simple lifestyle changes, half of cancers could be avoided.
Change is a constant. This is especially true if you’ve been diagnosed with cancer. Treatment options, daily schedules, finances, and future plans—there are many things for you and your loved ones to think about. All of this is likely to evoke a variety of feelings.
A breast cancer diagnosis can feel overwhelming and scary. But every day, scientists make progress on helping patients live longer—and better.
Research shows that many people don’t know about other lifestyle factors that can affect their risk of developing the disease. Here are three you should know about and what you can do to reduce your cancer risk.
Missed salon visits during stay-at-home orders may have led to split ends or gray strands. But COVID-19 caused many people to miss far more critical appointments—including for cancer screenings. And that has health experts concerned about the consequences.
Years ago, doctors may not have mentioned colorectal cancer prevention until a patient’s 50th birthday. But now, both the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) and American Cancer Society (ACS) advise people with an average risk for colorectal cancer to begin regular screening at age 45. If you’re wondering why, here’s what you need to know.
Do you know what your breasts look like? Do you know what your breasts feel like? Getting very familiar with what’s normal for you can make a big difference. Even with advanced screening tools available, such as mammograms, some breast cancers are still found through physical exams.
Detecting cancer early—when it’s most treatable—should be a key part of your self-care plan.
A fecal occult blood test (FOBT) is one of several tests your health care provider may use to screen for colorectal cancer. This take-home test looks for blood in the stool that you can’t see with the naked eye, often caused by bleeding in the digestive tract. A positive result doesn’t mean you have colorectal cancer. Other things can also trigger a positive result
Many people don’t delay scheduling their health checks for breast cancer, cervical cancer, or other diseases. But when it comes to screenings for cancer of the colon and rectum, a lot of us procrastinate.
You don’t always have to pause your career during cancer treatment. In one recent survey of cancer patients, almost 70% continued to work. That’s even as they had surgery, chemotherapy, hormone therapy, and other treatments.