Cancer has hit an all-time high over the recent years. In the United States alone, it has been estimated that over 11 million people have some form of cancer. The growing presence of carcinogens in the environment along with people’s neglect for healthy lifestyle may be the major culprits to this phenomenon.
More than 200 types of cancer exist but many of them are quite rare. Below, you will find the 6 most commonly diagnosed cancer forms since 2009. It’s important that people are aware of these things to be able to protect themselves better from the potentially fatal cancer diseases.
Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer
This type of skin cancer affects over 1 million people every year. This is commonly due to overexposure to the UV rays from the sun. It is also more prone among people who have weak immune system, which is why it is always important to give your immune function a boost with healthy diet and exercise.
Lung cancer kills about 210,000 people annually. This form of cancer, which comes into two types (small cell and non-small cell lung cancer), can be described as having uncontrolled cellular growth in the lung tissues that can lead to the invasion of nearby tissues and other parts of the body. This cancer is primarily due to tobacco smoking. Kicking the habit would be good not only for you but also for the people around you since this can also be acquired by people through secondhand smoke.
About 207,000 were diagnosed with breast cancer last year, 95 percent of the cases occurring in women. This cancer, which is also known as malignant breast neoplasm, originates from the breast tissue. It occurs mostly in the inner lining of the milk ducts. Survival rate for breast cancer is quite high at 85 percent. It is just important to diagnose the condition early so treatment can be given immediately. Self-check among men and women is necessary.
The most common cancer that affects men is prostate cancer, with over 190,000 cases diagnosed ever year. This usually occurs in men who are 50 years and older. This cancer develops in the tissues inside the prostate gland, which is a part of a man’s reproductive system found at the base of the bladder. Although the exact cause of prostate cancer is not known, healthy lifestyle choices can aid in prevention.
In 2010, about 140,000 cases of colon and rectal cancers have been found. The colon, which is a part of the large intestine, is where the food is broken down and digested. The rectum, meanwhile, is the end part of the large intestine that is located near the anus. Colorectal cancer occur in the tissues of these body organs. Healthy diet and avoidance of alcohol can help prevent this form of cancer.
Around 70,000 people were diagnosed with bladder in 2010. Cancer cells that develop in the bladder affect the organ’s function and can pose as a deadly threat like the other cancers mentioned above. The most common type of bladder cancer is the transitional cell carcinoma. This can be prevented by stopping the habit of smoking and by drinking plenty of liquids every day.