Cancer Awareness

The First Step to Eradicating Cancer–Learn the Facts!

As you may know, cancer is a group of diseases characterized by the uncontrolled growth and spread of abnormal cells.  Cancers of the cervix, rectum, and colon can be prevented through the removal of precancerous tissue.  Cancers of the breast, colon, rectum, cervix, prostate, oral cavity, and skin can be diagnosed through early screenings.

Some interesting cancer facts:

– About 1.5 million new cancer cases were expected to be diagnosed in 2010.  More than 20 million new cancer cases have been diagnosed since 1990.

– About 569,000 Americans were expected to die of cancer in 2010.

– One of every two men and one of every three women will get cancer in their lifetimes.

– World Health Organization projected that in 2010, cancer would become the leading cause of death globally.

The good news:

–          The National Cancer Institute estimates that about 11.7 million Americans wish a history of cancer were alive in 2007.

–          The 5-year relative survival rate for female breast cancer patients has improved from 63% in the early 1960s to 90% today.

–          40% of cancer survivors have lived 10 years or more.

–          Today, over 80% of children diagnosed with leukemia survive.

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*Courtesy of “Cancer Facts & Figures 2010” by the American Cancer Society