A new study published in Cancer, the official journal of the American Cancer Society, has found that the cervical cancer death rate is much higher than previously thought. The study also uncovered an alarming disparity between the death rates for black women and white women. Deaths from cervical cancer have always been higher among black women, but flawed methods have prevented health officials from realizing how much higher. Before the study, they estimated the death rate to be 5.7 per 100,000 for black women and 3.2 per 100,000 for white women.
Numerous genetic mutations are linked to increased risk for breast cancer. Genetic testing can identify these mutations and guide patient management decisions. Over the past decade, multi-gene panel tests have gained traction in clinical settings. These evaluate up to 43 breast cancer-related genes, compared with limited BRCA 1 and BRCA2 (BRCA1/2) tests.
Lung cancer accounts for more than one-quarter of all cancer deaths, according to the American Cancer Society. It is the cause of more deaths than breast, prostate and colorectal cancers combined. While you cannot completely eliminate your risk for lung cancer, there are steps you can take to prevent lung cancer. In recognition of Lung Cancer Awareness Month, November, take time to learn about lung cancer prevention.
Every October, individuals and entities across the nation participate in an annual campaign to increase awareness of breast cancer. Breast cancer is the most common non-skin cancer in women and a leading cause of cancer death. The American Cancer Society estimates that approximately 230,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015 and that around 40,000 will die from this disease. This year, learn how you can reduce your risk for breast cancer by eating healthy and living a physically active lifestyle.
Mammography uses X-ray technology to produce images of breast tissue. These images can reveal tumors and other abnormalities, such as lumps and calcifications. As a screening exam, mammography is proven to save lives. Many health care professionals and organizations, including the American Cancer Society, agree that women should be screened annually beginning at age 40.
Nearly 850,000 men will be diagnosed with cancer in 2015, according to American Cancer Society estimates. National Men’s Health Week, which occurs every June around Father’s Day, was established to help raise awareness around men’s health issues.
Skin cancer is more common than all other cancers combined. Most skin cancers are preventable and can usually be treated with success if detected early. Skin cancers are usually caused by exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays. Most of this UV exposure comes from the sun, although tanning lamps and beds also emit UV rays.
May is Skin Cancer Prevention and Detection Month, and a good time to learn how you can prevent skin cancer and improve chances for early detection.