May is National Cancer Research Month, a time designated to recognizing the importance of all who contribute to the fight against cancer. Decades of research have led to dramatic advances in the detection and treatment of many different types of cancer. There are now more than 15.5 million cancer survivors in the U.S.—more than at any other time in history. In 2016, 67% of those survivors have lived at least 5 years after diagnosis; 44% have lived at least 10 years, and 17% have lived 20 years or more following a cancer diagnosis. However, the fight is far from won. Each year, cancer kills more people than malaria, tuberculosis, and HIV combined. Steadfast dedication to research is essential to our ability to continue the progress that we’ve begun over the past few decades.
Apr 11, 2017 3:26:00 PM
April is National Cancer Control Month, which highlights advances in fighting cancer: prevention, early detection, and treatment. Cancer remains the second leading cause of death among Americans of all ethnic groups combined. Minority groups, however, are more significantly impacted by certain cancers. Generally, the earlier cancer is found, the better the prognosis; cancer screenings can detect cancerous cells early and help increase chances of survival. To help spread awareness of minority cancer risks and encourage routine screening, April 11–17, 2017, is designated Minority Cancer Awareness Week.
Apr 6, 2017 8:30:00 AM
April has been designated National Cancer Control Month to increase awareness of what Americans can do to prevent and control cancer. Cancer control is about more than prevention; it’s also about accessing effective treatment and cultivating a healthy lifestyle to reduce the likelihood of recurrence. Whether you’ve never had cancer, are currently undergoing treatment, or are a cancer survivor, there are things you can do to take control of your health.
Mar 26, 2017 9:00:00 AM
You know you should be getting annual screening mammograms, but how do you choose where to go? One of the first steps you should take in preparing for your mammogram is learning about the facilities in your area and choosing one that provides high quality care. Here are five questions you should ask before making your appointment:
Mar 5, 2017 8:07:00 AM
March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. “Colorectal cancer” is a general term used to describe cancers that begin in the colon or rectum. The American Cancer Society estimates that 39,910 new cases of rectal cancer and 95,520 new cases of colon cancer will be diagnosed in the U.S. this year, affecting 1 in 21 men and 1 in 23 women and claiming 50,260 lives. Colorectal cancer currently is the third-leading cancer-related cause of death in women and the second-leading cause in men in the U.S.
Jan 26, 2017 10:28:00 AM
In addition to National Cancer Prevention Month, Thursday, February 2 is National Cancer Prevention Day, and Saturday, February 4 is World Cancer Day, an annual event promoted by the Union for International Cancer Control and aimed at uniting the world’s population in the global fight against cancer. In honor of these national and international initiatives to increase awareness and empower individuals to live healthier lives, we’re sharing tips on the most effective ways to protect yourself against cancer.
Nov 6, 2016 9:00:00 AM
November 8 is the International Day of Radiology (IDoR)! 2016 marks the fifth IDoR as well as the 121st anniversary of Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen’s discovery of the X-ray. To commemorate the event, more than 100 medical societies will host activities in 57 nations across the globe.
Oct 20, 2016 3:00:00 PM
Especially during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we want you to have all the information you need to protect your health with cancer prevention and early detection strategies. Here are our top four tips for minimizing your risk and catching potential breast cancers when they’re most treatable.
Sep 18, 2016 4:00:00 PM
While not all cancers are preventable, we have considerable power to protect ourselves from a wide range of illnesses, including cancers, by making healthy choices every day. Because September is Fruits and Veggies: More Matters Month, we’ll take a look at how filling your diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables can support your immune system and reduce your cancer risk.
Sep 8, 2016 2:00:00 PM
September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Each year in the U.S., more than 22,000 women are diagnosed and more than 14,000 women die of ovarian cancer. Ovarian cancer is particularly deadly because it can be very difficult to detect in early stages. 92% of patients who are diagnosed and treated before the cancer is able to spread outside the ovaries survive at least five years after diagnosis, but only about 15% of cancers are found at this stage. For patients whose cancer has spread to surrounding tissues or nearby lymph nodes before it's found, then the 5-year survival rate is 73%. The further the cancer can spread before it’s found, the more difficult successful treatment becomes.