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Types and Survival Rates of Common Cancers

Cancer is second only to heart disease in the number of fatalities it brings each year. But which are the most common, and how many people die from them on average? Here’s a quick rundown of cancer types and their statistics.

Lung Cancer

Lung cancer is one of the deadliest types in the world. It claimed more than 100,000 lives in 2014 across all age, gender and economic divides, and that isn’t even including diagnosed but survived lung cancer, which swells the number to almost 250,000. You don’t have to smoke to contract it.

Breast Cancer

It may be one of the most well-known types of cancer, but sadly, all the fundraising efforts have still yet to find a cure. More than 250,000 people were diagnosed with breast cancer this year, and not all of them were women. Most of society isn’t aware that it can strike men as well.

Colon and Rectal Cancer

Colon cancer is relatively easy to catch; it often begins as a series of benign polyps that become cancerous if left untreated. Unfortunately, a lot of people don’t get screened as much as they should, and the result is more than 100,000 cases of colon and rectal cancer a year.

Skin Cancer

Most skin cancer is classified as melanoma, the kind that leaves strange moles after too much sun exposure. However, it can form as nonepithelial skin cancer as well. Talk to your doctor about the risks. You don’t want to be among the 80,000 diagnosed and the 13,000 dead.

Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatic cancer is expected to be one of the deadliest forms of the disease by 2030. This is because it’s hard to diagnose and even harder to treat once it begins spreading. 46,000 people were given the bad news this year, and 40,000 died.

Prostate Cancer

As it becomes more and more known to the media, the survival rates of prostate cancer have significantly improved. Only 30,000 people died from it in 2014, and that’s compared to the 233,000 who were diagnosed with various stages. Experts credit early screenings and advanced detection for the lives saved.

These are just a few of the common types of cancer. There are many more, so if you have strange symptoms or a history of certain cancers in your family, please get yourself checked out as soon as possible.

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