Cancer has caused a total of 7.6 million deaths annually, or about 13% of deaths worldwide. Lung cancer being the most common type, accounts for 1.37 million of those deaths. But what are the leading factors that cause this type of cancer and what can be done to prevent the increasing number of deaths? Lung Cancer can be defined as an uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in either one or both lungs of an organism. These abnormal cells divide and multiply to create unhealthy tissue or tumors inside of the lungs.
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.
To illustrate, gender can make a significant difference in mortality ratios. Gastric cancer is almost twice as likely to kill men than women. In 2006 - 2010, gastric cancer accounted for 4.9 out of 10,000 deaths in males while only accounting for 2.5 out of 10,000 deaths in females (SEER Stat Fact, 2013). In addition to gender, race also plays a role in increasing the likelihood of developing gastric cancer. People of African and Asian descent are more likely to have the cancer than any other people group ("Stomach Cancer," 2012).
INTRODUCTION It's a proven fact. Each year more Americans die from lung cancer and other smoking related diseases than they die from aids, drug abuse, car accidents and homicide, combined. Cigarette smoking is a danger to our life and health. It is the leading known cause of lung cancer. Each year more than 30,000 people will die of lung cancer and 4 out of 5 of them will get it because of cigarette smoke.
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Detecting the Signs and Symptoms of Lung Cancer Non-communicable diseases like cancer are rapidly increasing in number more than the different infectious diseases such as rabies, AIDS, etc. In US alone, the American Cancer Society approximates to diagnose around 223,500 new lung cancer cases with 165,000 expected mortality or deaths in 2012. In fact, 20% of cancer deaths in the developing countries are due to lung cancer. It’s very sad to note that the majority of these deaths are predisposed by smoking. Part 1: The Risk Factors to Lung Cancer 1.
Heart attacks and strokes are a common health risk in smoking. UK studies show that smokers in their 30’s and 40’s are five times more likely to have a heart attack than non-smokers. (http://news.bbc.uk) When smoking, the chemicals contributes to the hardening of the arteries, when these are blocked then the heart is left with no blood flow, causing a heart attack. Also, smoking can increase the risk of having a stroke. Smoking is responsible for at least 20% of all deaths from heart disease in the United States.
Cancer is the second leading cause of death in America with the first being heart disease. Most people know someone who has cancer, who has died of cancer, or who survived cancer. Cancer treatment is costly, and it isn’t always effective. The most deadly form of cancer is melanoma. Every year 70,000 Americans develop it and 9,000 die from it.