Skin cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in the United States with 3.5 million people diagnosed each year. This number is higher than the combined amount of those diagnosed with colon, prostate, breast, and lung cancer a year. While in the past 3 decades, more people have been diagnosed with skin cancer than all other types of other cancers combined. The death toll for skin cancer is surprisingly low, compared to the large amount of people diagnosed every year. It’s estimated that 30,000 that are diagnosed with skin cancer will not survive, though scientists believe that the death rate will increase over the next decade.
In the United States, there was an estimated 310,046 people are living with or are in remission from Leukemia according to statistics gathered in 2013. Incidence rates for all types of leukemia developing in males are higher than in females; males are expected to account for approximately 57 percent of the new cases of leukemia. In all races or ethnicities, it is the tenth most frequently occurring type of cancer. However, incidence is highest among non-Hispanic whites, (13,600) while incidence is lowest among Asian and Pacific Islander populations (7,400) and American Indian and Alaska Native populations (7,300). In 2013, leukemia was diagnosed in approximately twelve times as many adults (43,749) as children and adolescents younger than 15 years (3,605).
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Because this cancer spreads very quickly throughout the body and the symptoms of the disease don’t usually appear until the cancer is at an advanced stage, it is a leading cause of death compared to other cancers. In the United States, pancreatic cancer is the 4th leading cause of death with approximately 46,420 Americans diagnosed with the disease and over 39,590 dying from it (Source: American Cancer Society: Cancer Facts & Figures 2014). What are some signs of Pancreatic Cancer? What are the morbidity and mortality rates? Signs of pancreatic cancer include pain in the upper abdomen that can penetrate all the way to the back of the neck, blood clots, weight loss, depression, loss of appetite, or jaundice (Mayoclinic).