Health experts have known for a while that excess body weight increases the likelihood of a cancer diagnosis. Being overweight at any point raises your odds of developing colorectal cancer by as much as 60%.
After a cancer diagnosis, your mind might be racing. Going to an aerobics class is probably your last thought. If you’ve already started treatment, the idea of exercise may make you feel even more tired than you already are. But many studies show that exercise is actually safe and realistic during cancer treatment.
When you think of women and cancer, breast cancer probably jumps to mind. But the cancer that is responsible for the most deaths among women is actually lung cancer.
Most of us are aware of the deadly potential of lung or breast cancer, but another cancer that causes serious problems often gets little attention. While uncommon, cancers of the head and neck can affect some of our most important functions—eating, speaking, and breathing.
Does it seem like breast cancer is in the news a lot lately? Need helping sorting out the facts? Well, it’s true that breast cancer is one of the most common types of cancer among American women. And, unfortunately, some risks for this disease cannot be changed.
Both the American Cancer Society and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommend people with an average risk for colorectal cancer get a colonoscopy starting at age 45. However, adults frequently choose to forgo the test. But a colonoscopy has advantages—by looking at the entire colon, it detects not only cancer but other diseases as well.
If you smoke, you probably know it increases your risk for many diseases, including cancer. But there may be some good news for those who kick the habit earlier in life. A recent study found that those who quit before age 45 cut their excess risk of dying of cancer by 89%.
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.