Large group of people forming the cancer ribbon symbolCancer is a collection of diseases where abnormal cells divide faster than normal cells, then form tumors and destroy body tissue. The most common types of cancer are breast cancer, prostate cancer, and lung cancer. Potential treatments are chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation. Exercising, maintaining a healthy weight, and not smoking may help prevent some cancers. For financial assistance with managing your condition, see our page on Free & Discounted Services.

See also: Breast Cancer    Cancer Caregiving    Cancer Survivorship    Colorectal Cancer    Lung Cancer    Prostate Cancer

For information on cancer screening, see our Cancer Screening page.

Mobile Apps & Tools

Mobile apps and tools give you easy-to-use information and resources that can help you get and stay healthy. For tips on choosing apps, see How to Choose a Good Health App by The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

This tool calculates your risk for cancer and suggests lifestyle changes and screening exams. Free.

The Cancer Guide lets you track symptoms, appointments, and treatments, and it provides information about cancer treatment and survivorship. Free. iOS.

The National Cancer Institute’s mobile site includes information about cancer types and topics, a dictionary of cancer terms, and contact information for the NCI. Free.

Pocket Cancer Care Guide lets you browse questions to ask your doctor based on your diagnosis, build a list of questions, and record and play back your doctor’s answers.  Free. iOS.


Resources selected by Jennifer Walker, Health Sciences Library, UNC-Chapel Hill.
Last reviewed May 17, 2022

Last updated August 26, 2022 at 7:16 pm