These pages provide an overview of cancer topics that are appropriate for the season, or support a health awareness day or month.
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 Prevention Starts in Childhood
You can lower your children’s risk of getting cancer later in life. Start by helping them make healthy choices like eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables and getting regular physical activity to keep a healthy weight. Then follow these tips to help prevent specific kinds of cancer.
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
“I never would have found it early if I hadn’t been screened,” said Robert, a survivor of colorectal cancer. If you’re 50 to 75 years old, get screened for colorectal cancer regularly.
Flu Information for Cancer Patients and Survivors
Living with cancer increases your risk for complications from the flu. People with cancer or a history of cancer, and people who live with or care for cancer patients and survivors, should get a flu shot every year.
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.
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.
Men and Cancer
Every year, cancer claims the lives of nearly 300,000 men in America. Men can lower their risk for several common kinds of cancer.
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.
CDC’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control researches better ways to prevent cancer and support people with cancer. Learn about our latest research.
Skin Cancer Awareness
While you enjoy the outdoors this summer, protect yourself from skin cancer by staying in the shade, wearing sunglasses, a hat, and sun-protective clothing, and using sunscreen.
Staying Healthy During and After Cancer Treatment
Cancer patients: get tips for staying physically, mentally, and emotionally healthy during and after your cancer treatment.
Women and Cancer
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.
Workplace Cancer Prevention
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.
World Cancer Day
Almost everyone knows someone whose life has been affected by cancer, but each of us can do something to lower our risk. Get 7 quick tips to help prevent cancer.