Each April, the U.S. recognizes National Cancer Control Month. Cancer control includes each phase of the fight against cancer: prevention, detection, and treatment. More than 1.7 billion Americans will be diagnosed with cancer this year, and 38.5% (approximately 1 in 2.6) of people in the U.S. are expected to be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lifetimes. However, the numbers of both new cancer cases and cancer-related deaths per capita have been declining steadily since the early 1990s. In 1975, cancer patients faced an overall relative 5-year survival rate of 48.7%; in 2009, this rate was up to 69.3%.
Feb 25, 2018 8:31:00 AM
Inflammatory breast cancer is a rare form of breast cancer in which cancerous cells block the lymph vessels in breast tissue, causing the breast to become swollen, red, sensitive, or otherwise inflamed. It is rare, accounting for less than 5% of breast cancer cases, and it is easily mistaken for mastitis, a breast infection common among nursing mothers. Because inflammatory breast cancer is also very aggressive, it’s important to be able to recognize its symptoms and get in to see your doctor as soon as possible if they appear.
Feb 4, 2018 9:10:00 AM
World Cancer Day & National Cancer Prevention Month
February is a month to raise awareness of cancers of all kinds. February 4 is World Cancer Day, a global event created to unite the world’s population in the fight against cancer through education and encouraging governments and individuals to take action. Here in the U.S., February is National Cancer Prevention Month. There are a number of ways we can participate in the fight against cancer. On the most personal level, we can adopt healthy habits and educate ourselves about known and suspected causes of cancer. On a national and global level, we can help to raise awareness, contribute to reputable research organizations, and reach out to our representatives to tell them that funding cancer research should remain a national priority.
Nov 9, 2017 8:23:00 AM
You may have heard the term “scanxiety” used to refer to the often intense feeling of anxiety and fear that can surround imaging exams, particularly for patients who have or have had cancer. While scan-related anxiety has not traditionally been a primary concern in cancer treatment, it is gaining attention as an aspect of the illness that deserves more attention.
Sep 30, 2017 9:25:00 AM
Why Is Breast Cancer Awareness Important?
With women in the U.S. facing an approximately 1 in 8 chance of developing breast cancer in their lifetimes, awareness of this persistent threat to women’s health is critical. It’s estimated that 252,710 women as well as 2,470 men will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in the U.S. in 2017. Although mortality rates have been declining since the late 1980s, more than 40,000 American women are expected to die of breast cancer this year.
Sep 18, 2017 8:41:00 AM
September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer death in women. The American Cancer Society estimates that in the U.S. this year, approximately 22,440 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer and 14,080 women will die of the disease. A woman’s average lifetime risk of developing ovarian cancer is 1 in 75, and about half of cases are diagnosed in women aged 63 years or older.
Aug 20, 2017 8:40:00 AM
When your doctor recommends a medical procedure, it’s important that you understand the potential benefits and risks involved. There has been much debate in recent years about the relative benefits and risks of imaging procedures that use ionizing radiation, including CT scans and other X-ray exams such as mammography and fluoroscopy.
Jun 4, 2017 8:00:00 AM
The first Sunday of each June, the U.S. and many other countries around the world recognize National Cancer Survivors Day, “a celebration for those who have survived, an inspiration for those recently diagnosed, a gathering of support for families, and an outreach to the community.” It’s a day for survivors and their friends, families, and communities to connect with, celebrate, and support each other as well as increase awareness of the ongoing challenges of cancer survivorship and promote social changes that positively impact survivors’ lives.
May 4, 2017 3:48:00 PM
May is National Cancer Research Month, a time designated to recognizing the importance of all who contribute to the fight against cancer. Decades of research have led to dramatic advances in the detection and treatment of many different types of cancer. There are now more than 15.5 million cancer survivors in the U.S.—more than at any other time in history. In 2016, 67% of those survivors have lived at least 5 years after diagnosis; 44% have lived at least 10 years, and 17% have lived 20 years or more following a cancer diagnosis. However, the fight is far from won. Each year, cancer kills more people than malaria, tuberculosis, and HIV combined. Steadfast dedication to research is essential to our ability to continue the progress that we’ve begun over the past few decades.
Apr 11, 2017 3:26:00 PM
April is National Cancer Control Month, which highlights advances in fighting cancer: prevention, early detection, and treatment. Cancer remains the second leading cause of death among Americans of all ethnic groups combined. Minority groups, however, are more significantly impacted by certain cancers. Generally, the earlier cancer is found, the better the prognosis; cancer screenings can detect cancerous cells early and help increase chances of survival. To help spread awareness of minority cancer risks and encourage routine screening, April 11–17, 2017, is designated Minority Cancer Awareness Week.