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Thyroid Cancer Rates Increasing

In general, thyroid cancer is one of the better cancers to be diagnosed with as it carries a lower fatality rate relative to other types of cancer. Thyroid cancer rates, however, are on the rise. According to Dr. David Terris, surgical director of the Augusta University Thyroid and Parathyroid Center, thyroid cancer is the fastest growing cancer over the past 10 years. Terris believes that some of this increase is most likely due to a better ability to find and detect cancer of the thyroid, while some of the inflation may be due to a true increase in the number of incidences. Terris says that nobody really knows why thyroid cancer rates are increasing.

Does High Factor Sunscreen Decrease the Risk of Skin Cancer?

A recent study published by the Department of Biostatistics at the University of Oslo found that applying high factor sunscreen as opposed to low factor sunscreen can decrease the risk of developing melanoma by 33%. The study considered sunscreen above SPF 15 a high factor sunscreen, and in turn considered sunscreen below SPF 15 a low factor sunscreen. The study followed more than 140,000 Norwegian women for an average of ten years to draw its conclusions.

Should Men be Screened for Breast Cancer?

A common cancer misconception is that only women can be diagnosed with life-threatening breast cancer. To the contrary, approximately 440 of the 2,600 men who will be diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States this year will lose their battle with the disease. Women have a much greater risk of being diagnosed with the disease than men; a woman's lifetime chance of developing breast cancer is 1 in 8, while a man's chance is 1 in 1,000. The American Cancer Society says that, "there is unlikely to be any benefit in screening men in the general population for breast cancer with mammograms or other tests." However, men with a family history of breast cancer or those who have gene mutations may benefit from routine screenings although there has been minimal research done on the benefits of breast cancer screenings in men. The American Cancer Society also notes that regular breast self-exams are not recommended for men and women who are at a normal risk for breast cancer.

Colon Cancer

Colorectal cancer, or cancer involving the human large intestine, ranks second only to lung cancer as the cause of cancer-related death in the United States. Each year, approximately 130,000 Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and 56,000 people die from this disease. Colorectal cancer generally occurs in patients over 50. Routine screening for colorectal cancer is considered the best means of reducing the mortality and morbidity produced by this disease.

Lung Cancer

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death for both men and women in the United States. In 2001, it has been estimated that nearly 170,000 new cases of lung cancer were diagnosed and approximately 160,000 deaths were attributed to this disease. Despite the large number of diagnoses of lung cancer and resultant deaths, lung cancer can often be detected in its earlier stages and lives can either be significantly prolonged or saved. Lung cancer can be cured.

Prostate Cancer

Prostate Cancer Cases Pittsburgh - Prostate Cancer is currently the leading cancer diagnosis and the second-most-common cause of cancer-related death among men in the United States. Fortunately, since the 1990's, screening tests and superior therapies have produced a steady decline in the mortality and morbidity caused by this disease. Hopefully, these new developments will yield better ways of detecting and treating the cancer in the future.

Cervical Cancer

Prior to 1940, cancer of the uterine cervix was the leading cause of death from malignancies in women. Fortunately, there has been a dramatic reduction in the mortality from cancer of the cervix. Today, cervical cancer ranks sixth in cancer mortality. Most of this decline can be attributed to the early detection and treatment of lesions of the uterine cervix.

Breast Cancer

Cancer of the breast has received tremendous attention in our society. Today, cancer of the breast is a leading cause of death among women. Fortunately, breast cancer can be cured.

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