Some types of cancer run in certain families, but most cancers are not clearly linked to the genes we inherit from our parents. In this section you can learn more about the complex links between genes and cancer, as well as genetic testing and how it is used.
The Tree of Life
A group for Cancer sufferers and those close to them. This group is intended to allow all to openly share their experiences and feelings, ask questions and support one another. It is also intended to a forum on the therapies and choices available to people with cancer. This group is intended to be a positive experience for all who participate.
Cancer Facts and Statistics
The American Cancer Society projects the numbers of new cancer cases and deaths expected each year in order to estimate the contemporary cancer burden, because cancer incidence and mortality data lag three to four years behind the current year. In addition, the regularly updated Facts & Figures publications present the most current trends in cancer occurrence and survival, as well as information on symptoms, prevention, early detection, and treatment.
There are eight regularly updated Cancer Facts & Figures titles, each available for free PDF download. Earlier editions of each title are also archived for historic reference.
Cancer Facts & Figures
ACS has published Cancer Facts & Figures annually since 1952. These annual reports provide the most current information about cancer, including the projected numbers of new cancer cases and deaths for the publication year. A unique feature of these publications is their projections of the number of cancer cases and deaths expected in each state and in the nation in the current year. These widely cited projections are scientifically accurate enough to serve as a basis for research, yet readily understood by the public. Each edition of Cancer Facts & Figures includes a Special Section of in-depth focus on a specific cancer or group of cancers.
Cancer Prevention & Early Detection Facts & Figures
Much of the suffering and death from cancer could be prevented by more systematic efforts to reduce tobacco use, improve diet and physical activity, and expand the use of established screening tests. This publication provides national and state-level risk factor and screening data and trends, including adult and youth tobacco use, obesity prevalence, and screening test use for breast, cervical, colorectal, and prostate cancers.
Breast Cancer Facts & Figures
Breast cancer is the second most common newly diagnosed cancer and second leading cause of cancer death among women in the US. This publication provides statistics about the occurrence of breast cancer, as well as information about risk factors, prevention, early detection, and treatment.
Colorectal Cancer Facts & Figures
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the third most common newly diagnosed cancer and the third most common cause of cancer death among US men and women. In the past decade, CRC has emerged as one of the most preventable common cancers. This publication provides information about colorectal cancer, including statistics on cancer occurrence, as well as information about risk factors, prevention, early detection, and treatment.
Cancer Facts & Figures for African Americans
African Americans have the highest death rate and shortest survival of any racial/ethnic group in the US for most cancers. This publication provides the estimated numbers of new cancer cases and deaths for African Americans, as well as the most recent statistics on cancer occurrence and information on cancer risk factors (e.g., tobacco use, obesity, and physical inactivity) and the use of cancer screening tests.
Cancer Facts & Figures for Hispanics/Latinos
Some 15% of the US population identify themselves as Hispanic or Latino—the largest, fastest-growing and youngest US minority group. This publication, also available in Spanish, provides estimated numbers of new cancer cases and deaths for Hispanics/Latinos, as well as the most recent statistics on cancer occurrence and information on cancer risk factors (e.g., tobacco use, obesity, and alcohol consumption) and the use of cancer screening tests.
Cancer Treatment & Survivorship Facts & Figures
The number of Americans with a history of cancer is growing due to the aging and growth of the population, as well as improving survival rates. This comprehensive survivorship report, a collaboration with the National Cancer Institute, provides current and projected cancer prevalence estimates for the United States, as well as data from the National Cancer Data Base on treatment patterns, and information on the common effects of cancer and its treatment. This Facts & Figures title is the newest addition to the series.
Global Cancer Facts & Figures
This publication, now in its second edition, provides an overview of the international cancer burden, including the estimated numbers of new cancer cases and deaths worldwide and by level of economic development, as well as detailed information on select cancer sites.
Until The End
No one hears my cry
Lost and alone
I am going to die
Someone Help me please!
Tell me I am here
Take me away
Away from the herd
We all look-alike
Others here with me
Faceless we’ve become
Was it our fault our reality changed?
Did we do something wrong?
Our world rearranged
Did we walk through a portal?
An invisible doorway
A level above hell
The End of our Days
We claw our way back
Open the door
Take us back in
Leave disease behind
I need cleansed within
Heal all of my wounds
I pray and meditate
Changing my diet
Is it too late?
Someone Help me please!
Tell me I am here
Hold me close
Paint over my fear
Take the pain away
Gone with the wind
Hold me, for I am weak
Hold me until the end
What Causes Cancer?
Cancer is a complex group of diseases with many possible causes. In this section you can learn more about the known causes of cancer, including genetic factors; lifestyle factors such as tobacco use, diet, and physical activity; certain types of infections; and environmental exposures to different types of chemicals and radiation.
In this section you can get information on cigarette, cigar, and smokeless tobacco use, and learn how it affects different groups of people.
Get the facts on how diet, physical activity, excess body weight, and alcohol use may affect your risk of cancer.
In this section you can learn more about the link between too much sun exposure and cancer.
Learn about the different types of radiation exposure and how it might affect cancer risk.
Learn about some of the environmental causes of cancer that may lurk in our homes, at work, in pollution, and even in some medical tests and treatments. You can also learn how some types of infections are linked to cancer.
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