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Cancer is the second leading cause of death for women ages 65 or older. Screening tests look for signs of some types of cancer before a woman has symptoms. Cancer is often most treatable when it is found early.
Explore other publications and websites
A to Z List of Cancers — This site from the National Cancer Institute lists every type of cancer and links to an information page about each one.
Age Page: Cancer Facts for People Over 50 — This publication provides an overview of symptoms that are important to watch for. It also includes information about the screening tests recommended for people 50 or older.
Breast Cancer — This publication provides general information about breast cancer, including risk factors, screening methods, diagnosis, staging, and treatment. It also gives information on recent breast cancer research.
Chemotherapy and You: Support for People With Cancer — This question-and-answer booklet addresses problems and concerns of patients receiving chemotherapy. The emphasis is on explanation and self-help.
Colorectal Cancer — This internet site provides general information on colorectal cancer. It includes information on the risk factors, causes, symptoms, ways to diagnose the cancer, and treatment options. This publication also provides information on the latest research.
Coping With Advanced Cancer — This booklet addresses living with a terminal illness, how to cope, and practical considerations for the patient and his or her family and friends.
Lung Cancer — This publication provides general information on lung cancer such as the causes, risk factors, symptoms, and ways it is diagnosed. This publication also provides different treatment options.
What You Need to Know About Cancer — An Overview — This publication describes some of the warning signs of cancer and stresses the importance of early detection. It also explains how this disease is diagnosed and treated and has information to help people deal with cancer if it affects them or people they know.
What You Need to Know About Oral Cancer — This booklet was created to help patients and their families better understand oral cancer. Included is information on symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of oral cancer. Definitions of selected medical terms and resource information are also provided.
What You Need To Know About Skin Cancer — This booklet focuses on non-melanoma skin cancer. It discusses risk factors for skin cancer and ways to reduce risk. It also provides an overview of symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and questions to ask the doctor.
Connect with other organizations
American Cancer Society
Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, NCCDPHP, CDC
National Cancer Institute, NIH
National Institute on Aging, NIH, HHS
Susan G. Komen for the Cure
Y-Me National Breast Cancer Organization
Content last updated August 12, 2010.
Resources last updated August 12, 2010.
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