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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). There are 4 stages of pancreatic cancer, usually indicated with Roman Numerals (I-IV); the smallest number indicates the earliest stage of the cancer and the less it has spread. Pancreatic cancer has one of the highest mortality rates, with “94% of patients diagnosed dying within five years of diagnosis while only 6% surviving for longer than five years and 74% of patients dying within the first year of being diagnosed (American Cancer Society: Cancer Facts & Figu... ... middle of paper ... ...risk of developing pancreatic cancer. Nat Rev Cancer. 2013 January ; 13(1): 66–74.
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.
2008). The mortality rate for lung cancer is shocking, in 2012 it is estimated that lung cancer will cause about 29 percent of all cancer deaths among men and 26 percent among women in the United States. Which totals to 160,340 fatalities, more than the combined number of deaths from the next three most common cancers (colon, breast, and prostate) (Cagle, P.T., & Allen, T. 2012). Lung cancer affects people from all lifestyles; however, this disease is more likely to affect the elderly and African American male population. How can we reduce these staggering statistics?