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Did You Know? is a weekly feature from the Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support to inform your prevention activities. We invite you to read, share, and take action!

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July 22, 2016

  • Men and women 50–75 years old should be screened for colorectal (colon) cancer, but at least one third of people in that age group haven’t been tested as recommended.
  • CDC’s Screen for Life campaign features celebrities—Morgan Freeman, Meryl Streep, Katie Couric, Diane Keaton, Jimmy Smits, and Terrence Howard—explaining the benefits of colorectal cancer screening.
  • Several kinds of tests can find colorectal cancer, so people 50 or older should talk to a doctor about which test is right for them. 

July 15, 2016

  • Cigarette smoking is the number one risk factor for lung cancer, and African American men have the highest rates of lung cancer in the United States.
  • Menthol cigarette smoking is highest among African Americans—a likely effect of targeted marketing by the tobacco industry. 
  • To learn more about tobacco-related behaviors and disparities among African Americans, read the new supplement in Nicotine & Tobacco Research. 

September 25, 2015

  • A new annual report from the Community Preventive Services Task Force outlines proven strategies to prevent cancers [PDF–2.3MB] and identifies where more research and programs are still needed.
  • The report highlights the huge burden of cancer—including medical costs, productivity losses, and individual suffering and death—and features stories from the field about how communities have successfully used the Task Force’s recommendations.
  • Communities, worksites, schools, and healthcare systems can use evidence-based interventions recommended by the Task Force to help reduce cancer and other causes of disease, disability, and death.

June 5, 2015

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November 8, 2013

May 24, 2013

  • Exposure to UV radiation, either from sunlight or indoor tanning devices, is the most important and avoidable risk factor for skin cancer.
  • People who indoor tan before age 35 have a 75 percent greater risk of melanoma, which is the deadliest form of skin cancer.
  • Serious skin infections can result from using an unclean tanning bed. You can promote the truth about tanning using this user-friendly infographic and web button.

November 16, 2012

October 26, 2012

  • Women with disabilities aged 50–74 years are less likely to report receiving a mammogram than women without disabilities.
  • Difficulty with positioning while getting a mammogram may discourage some women with disabilities from scheduling regular screenings.
  • CDC offers free materials to help women with disabilities prepare for prepare for mammograms [PDF-997KB] and discuss any concerns with their doctor.

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Did You Know?  information and web links are current as of their publication date. They may become outdated over time.

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