Friday, November 2, 2012

November Cancer Awareness Overview

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By Terry Orr
What Is Cancer?
Cancer is the general name for a group of more than 100 diseases. Although there are many kinds of cancer, all cancers start because abnormal cells grow out of control. Untreated cancers can cause serious illness and death.

How common is cancer?
Half of all men and one-third of all women in the US will develop cancer during their lifetimes.

Today, millions of people are living with cancer or have had cancer. The risk of developing many types of cancer can be reduced by changes in a person’s lifestyle, for example, by staying away from tobacco, limiting time in the sun, being physically active and healthy eating.

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Each month, we try to identify key health-related topics to share with you.  Cancer is one of those health-related topics too large to be adequately covered under just one heading. So, throughout the year – nearly every month has more than one cancer-related topic of the month.  November has five such – and they are:
  • Lung Cancer Awareness Month;
  • Carcinoid Cancer Awareness Month;
  • National Family Caregivers Month;
  • Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month; and
  • Stomach Cancer Awareness Month

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Each of these will be topics will have separate articles posted during the month.  The Big “C” has probably touched all of our lives – I know it sure has mine as my Grandmother and Dad both died as a result of cervical and renal cell respectively.  In addition, several family members and friends have had one form or another of Cancer.

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Educating ourselves and family members about Cancer, symptoms, treatments, care, giving our love and support are critical items in helping others.  There are several support groups available to assist you and your love ones in dealing with these terrible diereses and strong recommend seeking their help.

To learn more about Cancer, I recommend the National Cancer Institute ( – they have a list of all types of Cancer that includes the following types of information:
  • Definition of the type of cancer;
  • Estimated new cases and deaths;
  • Online booklet information;
  • Treatment, Prevention, Genetics, Causes,
  • Screening and Testing;
  • Clinical Trails;
  • Literature;
  • Research and Related Information; and
  • Statics (including fact sheets).

From the good folks over at the National Library of Medicine – The most common cause of cancer-related death is lung cancer.

The three most common cancers in men in the United States are:
  1. Prostate cancer
  2. Lung cancer
  3. Colon cancer

In women in the United States, the three most common cancers are:
  1. Breast cancer
  2. Colon cancer
  3. Lung cancer

Please take a couple minutes to review some of these links – bookmark as appropriate.  Thank you!

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