Cancer Facts for People Over 50


Cancer Facts for People Over 50


This fact sheet helps adults over 50 learn the warning signs of cancer and provides information about treatment and prevention.

This fact sheet addresses the following topics:

  • What is cancer?
  • What symptoms should I watch for?
  • What regular tests should I have?
    • Breast cancer
    • Cervical cancer
    • Cervical and other cancers
    • Colorectal cancer
    • Mouth and throat cancers
    • Prostate cancer
    • Skin cancer
  • How is cancer treated?
  • Can cancer be prevented?


National Institute on Aging

Funding Sources:

National Institute on Aging; National Institutes of Health; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


Release Date: 2000
Review Date: 2005
Recent Summary: April 2006
Original Summary: July 2005
Last Updated: 11/21/12

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