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Other Types of Cancer

Other Cancers

Cancer is a devastating reality for far too many Americans. However, statistics indicate that there is good news: according to the National Cancer Institute, death rates for the four most commonly diagnosed cancers – prostate, breast, colon and lung – continue to decrease. This can be contributed to a decline in the numbers of people who smoke cigarettes, as well as a number of other factors.

Despite this good news, the incidences of liver cancer, pancreas cancer, kidney cancer, esophageal cancer, and thyroid cancer unfortunately are on the rise. In addition, the number of individuals diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, leukemia, myeloma, and other childhood cancers are also increasing. In men specifically, rates of testicular cancer are on the rise, and, in women, melanoma (skin cancer), lung cancer, and brain and bladder cancer rates are also rising.

What Causes Cancer?

As you may know, there are a number of reasons why people develop cancer. Environmental factors, including exposure to certain toxins such as asbestos or radon, can lead to cancer. A family history of cancer (especially in women, who are far more likely to develop breast cancer if their mother, sister or other female relative has suffered from the disease) can also lead to a diagnosis of cancer. Smoking cigarettes or chewing tobacco for an extended period of time may also cause cancer, specifically lung cancer, throat or tongue cancer, and esophageal cancer. Frequent consumption of alcohol can lead to cancer of the liver or kidneys.

Cancer Cures

Many individuals are able to go into remission following cancer treatment and live healthy, cancer-free lives for many years. For example, women who detect their breast cancer early are very often able to enter remission and will not experience a reoccurrence of their cancer or be diagnosed with another type of cancer. Unfortunately, some individuals with certain types of cancer are not as lucky. Mesothelioma sufferers, for instance, must face the reality that there is no cure for their cancer, and that their mesothelioma treatment is simply a temporary means of controlling pain and lessening the effect of their symptoms. Doctors and researchers continue to study all forms of cancer with the hope that, one day, they will find a cure.

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    Last modified: December 28, 2010.