Cancer The number of new cases of cancer is 454.8 per 100,000 men and women per year based on 2008-2012 cases. In 2016, an estimated 1,685,210 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in the United States and 595,690 people will die from the disease. Survival rates are improving for many people with cancer, especially for those diagnosed at younger ages but, cancer is still a leading cause of death in the United States, but advances in radiation, chemotherapy and targeted treatments have improved survival, especially for cancer of the breast, prostate, lung, liver and colon (Rosen, 2016). Different types of cancers are constantly evolving, so the question here is...are cancer treatments improving? How Has Cancer Rates Changed Now from Then?
“Oncology has been one of the hottest and most active therapeutic areas for drug development, drug makers may want to take note of a finding that new cancer drugs have proven far more difficult to gain approval than medicines for infectious and autoimmune diseases.” (nature.com) Unfortunately, these drugs cannot cure the cancer but it sure makes it a load easier o... ... middle of paper ... ...Northwestern University. N.p., n.d. Web. 7 May 2014. . "Revlimid."
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).
If one were to break it down heart disease is responsible for 1 out of every 4 deaths (CDC, 2014). Coronary heart disease is the most common type of this disease and it costs the U.S roughly $110 billion each year for health care, medications, and lost productivity (CDC, 2014). The major risk factors for developing heart disease are having high blood pressure, high LDL cholesterol, and smoking. There are also several other factors such as: diabetes, obesity, poor diet, physical inactivity, and excessive alcohol use will contribute to the development of the disease. The second alarming from the National Vital Statistics Report is the prevalence of cancer among the U.S. Population.
One-half of all men and one-third of all women in the United States will develop some form of cancer in their lifetimes. Today, there are millions of people who are either living with or had lived with cancer. Any part of the body can be affected with cancer, and there happen to be over one hundred types of cancer all together. One fifth of all cancers worldwide are caused by a chronic infection, meaning HPV, which causes cervical cancer and HBV, which causes liver cancer. More than thirty percent of cancers could be prevented (not using tobacco, having a healthy diet, being physically active and moderating the use of alcohol) along with being cured as long as it is detected early and is treated adequately (breast cancer, cervic... ... middle of paper ... ...en do not have life threatening health problems.
For one, gastric cancer affects many people. In 2011, an estimated 74,035 people in the US had been inflicted with gastric cancer ("SEER Stat Fact," 2013). Additionally, this year, an estimated 22,220 additional people will receive the diagnosis of the stomach cancer ("Stomach (Gastric Cancer)," 2014). Though these numbers may not seem to indicate much of a problem in the United States when compared to prostate cancer's 233,000 estimated new cases and breast cancer's 232,670 estimated new cases, gastric cancer has a significant impact worldwide, being the cancer with the second highest mortality rate ("New Targeted Drug," 2014; "SEER Stat Fact," 2013). To illustrate, gender can make a significant difference in mortality ratios.
For years the go to cancer treatment has been very invasive and often created hardships for patients. Today we are on the fast track of a breakthrough that could redefine typical cancer treatments, one that could and will save thousands who are at risk. According to the Center of Disease Control (CDC), despite great efforts to develop better treatments, more than 7.6 million people worldwide died from cancer alone in 2013, with that number growing each year (CDC 2014). It would be unlikely that there will ever be a single cure for all cancers. It is important to note that the term cancer refers to a broad class of diseases as cancers have many different origins and must be treated differently.
It is widely known that cancer is lethal; but colon cancer ranks high among the types of cancers that take away the lives of a plethora of people every year. Colon cancer is a type of cancer that occurs in the colon and at times, rectum, of the long intestine. In a report published by The American Cancer Society, colon cancer is said to be “the third leading cause of cancer death” and “the third most commonly diagnosed cancer” (Alteri et al. 1). Colon Cancer Alliance ranks it as “the second leading cause of cancer-related death in the US” (“Colon Cancer Statistics”).
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Cancer is an important health problem that has strongly increased over the past couple of decades. According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 1,638,910 people in the United States are diagnosed with cancer each year; that is around 187 people per minute. This disease is ranked as the second most common cause of death in America. With cancer being so common today, there needs to be an effective and relatively fast treatment plan to cure the victims of cancer without causing more harm to them. Extensive research and analysis is critical to determine the best method of treatment.