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World Cancer Day

World Cancer Day

February 4 is World Cancer Day, which means it is time to talk about cancer. The disease is all around us, yet it lurks in the darkness, a sometimes silent killer. 585,720 people died from cancer in the United States in 2014, with 1,665,540 new cases being diagnosed. Another frightening statistic: 40 percent of people will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. Many people do not even realize they have cancer until it is too late to be treated effectively.

While cancer certainly seems scary, it is not a death sentence. If caught early enough, most forms of cancer can be treated before they get any worse. Some cancers, such as breast, skin, thyroid, and prostate cancer, have relatively high five year survival rates. In fact, you only have a 0.8 percent chance of dying within five years if you are diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Some forms of cancer are more treacherous, however. Pancreatic cancer has one of the worst survival rates, with only six percent of patients living past the five year mark. Other deadly cancers include lung and brain cancer.

The best defense against this disease is knowledge. You can take steps to lower your risk by eating healthy, exercising, and avoiding known carcinogens. You can also be aware of risk factors and whether or not you are genetically predisposed to be at a higher risk. While there is no guaranteed way to stop cancer, you can still do your best to prevent it.

World Cancer Day

Cancer affects millions of Americans each year, resulting in pain, suffering, and death. Learn more and spread awareness by taking this quiz.

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Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Lung Cancer Awareness Month

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, which means it’s time to focus on one of the world’s deadliest cancers.

Lung cancer forms in the tissues of the lung – usually in the cells that line air passages. Abnormal cells form, which then begin to grow uncontrollably. These cells do not behave as normal lung cells and do not develop into healthy lung tissue, which means they interfere with proper functioning of the lung. This may in time deprive the body of fresh oxygen, leading to noticeable symptoms. Symptoms of lung cancer range from coughing up blood to fatigue, which is why many people are not diagnosed with the disease until it has already progressed to a later stage. Over 50 percent of people are diagnosed at a late stage in the disease, with a mere 15 percent being diagnosed when treatment is most effective.

Contrary to popular belief, not everyone who develops lung cancer is a smoker. Around 10 to 20 percent of people with lung cancer have never smoked. Other non-smoking risk factors include asbestos, radon, industrial substances, radiation exposure, air pollution, tuberculosis, genetics, and military service.

Additionally, while many people think  breast cancer is number one cancer killer of women, they are mistaken. It is actually lung cancer, and has been lung cancer since 1987. In fact, twice as many women die from lung cancer each year as from breast cancer! It will actually kill more women in a year than breast, ovarian, cervical, uterine, and vaginal cancers combined.

To learn more about lung cancer, please take our quiz below. It’s important to learn the statistics so you know your likelihood of contracting the disease. It is also important to recognize the symptoms so that cancer can be diagnosed early before it spreads.

Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Lung cancer will kill more Americans this year than the next four most deadly cancers combined. Learn more and spread awareness by taking this quiz.

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