These pages provide an overview of cancer topics that are appropriate for the season, or support a health awareness day or month.
Lung Cancer Awareness
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in both men and women. Smoking causes 80% to 90% of cases of lung cancer. Don’t smoke, and avoid secondhand smoke.
Breast Cancer Awareness
The best way to find breast cancer early is with a mammogram. If you are a woman aged 50 years or older, be sure to have a screening mammogram every two years.
Breast Cancer in Young Women
Most breast cancers are found in women who are 50 years old or older, but breast cancer also affects younger women. Learn who is at a higher risk of getting breast cancer at a younger age.
Cancer and Men
Every year, cancer claims the lives of nearly 300,000 men in America. Men can lower their risk for several common kinds of cancer.
Cancer and Women
Every year, cancer claims the lives of more than a quarter of a million women in America. A woman can reduce her cancer risk by adopting a healthy lifestyle and getting the right cancer screening tests for her stage of life.
Cancer Prevention in the Workplace
Making sure that workers are safe on the job and creating a culture that supports healthy behaviors can improve employee health, safety, and well-being.
Cancer Prevention Starts in Childhood
Reduce your children’s risk of getting many types of cancer later in life. Start by helping them adopt a healthy lifestyle, then follow these tips to help prevent cancer.
Cancer, the Flu, and You
Living with cancer increases your risk for complications from influenza (“flu”). If you have cancer now or have had cancer in the past, you are at higher risk for complications from the seasonal flu or influenza, including hospitalization and death.
Cervical Cancer Awareness
Most cases of cervical cancer are easily preventable with regular screening tests and follow-up. It also is highly curable when found and treated early. Vaccines are available to protect against the most common cause of cervical cancer.
Colorectal Cancer Awareness
Among cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon or rectum) is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States.
Gynecologic Cancer Awareness
Learn about the symptoms and risk factors for cervical, ovarian, uterine, vaginal, and vulvar cancers. When gynecologic cancers are found early, treatment works best.
Health Disparities in Cancer
Increasing early cancer detection, promoting healthy lifestyles, and expanding access to health care help reduce inequalities in cancer among groups at greatest risk.
Improving Health and Quality of Life After Cancer
At least one-third of survivors in the United States face physical, mental, social, job, or financial problems related to their cancer experience. Learn what can be done.
Preventing Infections in Cancer Patients
Cancer patients receiving chemotherapy are more likely to get an infection. For these people, any type of infection may become serious quickly. If you have cancer and are receiving chemotherapy, learn the facts about infection.
Prostate Cancer Awareness
Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer in men. Most prostate cancers grow slowly, and don’t cause any health problems in men who have them. Learn about prostate cancer and talk to your doctor before you decide to get tested or treated.
Skin Cancer Awareness
While you enjoy the outdoors this summer, protect yourself from skin cancer by seeking shade, wearing sunglasses, a hat, and sun-protective clothing, and using sunscreen.
Using Science to Prevent Cancer
CDC’s latest cancer research found skin cancer is on the rise in the U.S., and rates will keep going up without community efforts. It also looked at one of our screening programs, and helped track cancer deaths among American Indians and Alaska Natives.
World Cancer Day
On February 4, CDC joins people, organizations, and government agencies around the world in taking a proactive approach to the fight against cancer, highlighting solutions that are within our reach. World Cancer Day unites the world in the fight against cancer.