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Finding Cancer

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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

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Brain Tumors

General Information

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

Women

42.6%

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Men

57.4%

13,720

Risk Factors

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

Seizures

Vision, hearing, and speech problems

Loss of appetite

Frequent nausea and vomiting

Changes in mood or behavior

Loss of balance and trouble walking

Weakness

Unusual sleepiness or change in activity

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Lung Cancer

Dangers of Smoking

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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

Women

48.1%

112,350

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Men

51.9%

121,680

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

Touch each part of the lungs to learn about the 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

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Skin Cancer

General Information

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

Women

39.4%

39,200

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Men

60.6%

60,350

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

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Exposure to natural or artificial sunlight

Past radiation treatment

Having a fair complexion

Exposure to arsenic

Prevention

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:

If you think you or a loved one is sick in any way, seek a medical professional. This site is not intended to diagnose, treat, or assist with any illness.

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