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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.
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.
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.