While all cancers can be life-changing, this website focuses on breast, cervical, colorectal, and prostate cancers because they have screening tests available. Screenings are tests that can detect cancer before one can see it or feel it, making it easier to treat. The best-known defenses against cancer are maintaining a healthy weight; regular, moderate exercise for at least 30 minutes 5 times a week, not smoking, and early detection through screening. African American/Black communities are among groups at higher risks for these cancers with more aggressive, faster-growing cancers at younger ages.
The good news is cancers may be easier to treat when caught early.It's more important than ever to learn about your family's cancer history: who had it, what type of cancer, how old they were, and what happened to them. This information will allow you and your doctor to create a screening plan that’s right for you. Learn more about why African Americans/Black persons are at higher risk for colorectal (colon or rectum) cancer, breast cancer, cervical cancer, and prostate cancer.