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One of the greatest concerns America has today is cancer.

Research indicates that the lifetime probability of developing cancer is higher for men at 46% while for women it is 36%.

The National Cancer Institute has put in place a challenge to eliminate suffering and death due to cancer.

To meet this, the nation is tackling the problem, and to this end, the creation of awareness has become a priority.

To conquer cancer you must know what the risks are, how lifestyle changes can help, about intervention and preventive care, and where help is available.

The most common cancers are:

Men:

1. Prostrate

2. Lung and bronchus

3. Colon and Rectal

4. Urinary and Bladder

5. Melanoma of skin

6. Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

7. Kidney and Renal Pelvis

8. Leukemia

9. Oral Cavity and Pharynx

10. Pancreas

Women:

1. Breast

2. Lung and Bronchus

3. Colon and Rectal

4. Uterine (Endometrial)

5. Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

6. Melanoma of the skin

7. Ovarian

8. Thyroid

9. Urinary Bladder

10. Pancreas

CDC (Centers for Disease Control)

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) is taking giant strides in the field of cancer prevention and control.

They advocate the adoption of a healthy lifestyle, eating nutritious and well-balanced food, regular health checks, and screening for cancer.

Screenings are quite often lifesaving as problems can be nipped in the bud. Many cancers are curable if detected in the early stages.

It is important to know that cancer is a disease where healthy cells in the body divide uncontrolled to form tumors.

This could happen anywhere in the body and some tumors are benign while others are malignant.

Most cancers have different symptoms but to give you an idea, symptoms can include:

  1. an unexplained lump in any part of the body and may feel like a small marble
  2. perceptible growth of a wart or mole
  3. wounds and sores that do not heal
  4. a persistent cough
  5. changes in bowel or bladder habits
  6. indigestion
  7. weight loss or gain
  8. unusual bleeding or discharge.

These are symptoms that are caused by not just cancer but many other diseases.

And, early cancer does not manifest itself in any outward signs so the only way to determine if you have cancer is to undergo health checks. You need the help of a doctor to make an accurate diagnosis.

The screening will include routine physical examinations, lab tests, x-rays, and specialized tests like mammograms, CT scans, MRIs, sonography, or laparoscopy.

The physician will, after giving you a general check and noting down your history recommend any special tests if he/she finds anything that requires further investigation.

 


 



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