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Cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in the body. Cancer occurs more often in older adults. In fact, today one out of every six people over the age of 65 has survived cancer, thanks largely to better screening, improved treatments, and the care and support of family and friends.

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Prostate Cancer

This form of cancer affects the prostate, a small organ that makes up part of the male reproductive system. It occurs most often in older men, but it can also strike younger men. Because of effective screening tests, prostate cancer is often discovered in the early stages, when it is easier to treat.  Read

Breast Cancer

One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during her life. For many, the first symptom is a breast lump. But for some, it is flakiness around the nipple or an underarm lump. Thanks to better screening tests, many breast cancers now are detected early, when they are much easier to treat.  Read

Lung Cancer

Lung cancer, the most common cancer for both men and women, is difficult to detect in the early stages. Most lung cancers occur in adults over 50 who have smoked cigarettes, cigars, or pipes for many years. Quitting smoking, even if you have smoked for a long time, lowers your lung cancer risk.  Read

Colorectal Cancer

This cancer affects the last segment of the digestive system. It usually occurs in men and women over 60 years of age, although younger people are at risk, too. Colon cancer often has no symptoms in the early stages, so it is important to speak with your health-care professional about screening tests.  Read

Skin Cancer

Skin cancer includes basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas and the less common, but more dangerous, melanoma. Talk to your doctor if you notice skin growths that are asymetrical, have irregular borders, vary in color or bleed. Skin cancer usually responds well if treated early, and you can reduce your risk of getting this illness by protecting your skin from ultraviolet radiation.  Read

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