So What Is Cancer?
There are many related diseases under the term 'Cancer'. But in all forms of the disease, cells continually divide without ceasing and spread into the surrounding areas.
Do I Have Cancer?
If you think you've been experiencing signs and/or symptoms of cancer, read the information below, and see if any of it correlates to what you've been experiencing.
Learn About the Different Kinds of Cancer
Brain tumors are clusters of irregular cells in the brain or spinal cord that, if unchecked and untreated, will grow and quickly spread into other areas of the brain and spinal cord.
There are roughly 23,000 new brain tumor cases in the United States every year. Brain tumors account for roughly 1.5% of all new cancer cases, and account for roughly 3% of all cancer-related deaths.
Estimated Brain Tumor Diagnoses in 2018
Brain tumors typically appear more in children and older adults
Roughly 5% of brain tumors are linked to genetic conditions
Serious head injuries and seizures can cause them
Signs and Symptoms of Brain Tumors
Touch each part of the brain to learn about the signs and symptoms of brain tumors
Headaches that disappear after vomiting
Vision, hearing, and speech problems
Loss of appetite
Frequent nausea and vomiting
Changes in mood or behavior
Loss of balance and trouble walking
Unusual sleepiness or change in activity
Dangers of Smoking
Smoking is the biggest factor in lung cancer. Studies have shown that roughly 80% of lung cancer deaths are caused by smoking.
Secondhand smoke is smoke that comes from tobacco products, such as cigarettes. If this smoke is inhaled, the same cancer-causing agents that exist in the tobacco product are present, albeit in smaller amounts. Inhaling secondhand smoke is called involuntary or passive smoking.
Estimated Lung Cancer Diagnoses in 2018
Signs and Symptoms
A cough that doesn't go away
Weight loss and loss of appetite
Feeling weak or tired
Shortness of breath
Causes of Lung Cancer
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Cigarette, cigar, and pipe smoking
Exposure to radon
Smoking and secondhand smoke
Exposure to Asbestos
Tar and soot
Living in areas with higher air pollution
Skin cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed. There are several types of skin cancer, but the most fatal is Melanoma.
There are roughly 100,000 new skin cancer cases in the United States every year, and skin cancer accounts for 5.3% of them, and accounts for 1.5% of all cancer-related deaths
Skin Cancer Diagnoses Between Men and Women in 2018
Signs and Symptoms
A new mole or a change in a mole
A sore that doesn't heal
Causes of Skin Cancer
Touch each part of the skin to learn about the causes of skin cancer
Exposure to natural or artificial sunlight
Past radiation treatment
Having a fair complexion
Exposure to arsenic
Cancer prevention is defined as any action or actions taken to lower the chance of getting cancer. According to cancer.gov, "in 2018, more than 1.6 million people will be diagnosed with cancer in the United States".
There is ongoing research to help prevent cancer, including:
- Identifying, controlling, and avoiding things known to cause cancer
- Diet and lifestyle changes
- Identifying precancerous conditions, which are conditions that may become cancer, as early as possible
- Risk-reduction surgery
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