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Kcancer Hosts Forum On Cancer Control
April is cancer control month and Kcancer hosts forum to discuss cancer control relevant issues
The number of new cancer cases and deaths in the United States is increasing each year. Here are the key US statistics in 2009:
• About 1,479,350 new cancer cases, including 219,440 lung cancers, 194,280 breast cancers, 192,280 prostate cancers, and 146,970 colorectal cancers, were diagnosed.
• About 562,340 cancer patients, including 159,390 lung cancer patients, 49,920 colorectal cancer patients, 40,610 breast cancer patients, and 27,360 prostate cancer patients, were died of the disease.
Cancer control includes prevention, early detection, and treatment. Prevention is the most effective way to control the deadly disease. A number of risk factors, such as, tobacco smoking, heavy drinking, and carcinogen (cancer causing agent) exposing etc, have been identified. Theoretically, all cancers caused by the known causative agents could be prevented completely through cessation of using the products. In 2009, about one-third of total cancer deaths were caused by tobacco smoking and about one-third of the total cancer deaths were related to overweight or obesity, physical inactivity, and poor nutrition. All these deaths could be prevented. Liver and cervical cancers are related to infectious agents and could be prevented through behavioral changes and vaccines. In addition, about 1 million skin tumors diagnosed in 2009 could be prevented by limiting exposure from the sun and from indoor tanning.
Regular screening examinations by a health care professional can result in early detection of cancer. Early detection is another effective way of control the disease. Cancers are most treatable when they are diagnosed at an early stage. Cancers that can be diagnosed early through screening include cancers of the breast, colon, rectum, cervix, prostate, oral cavity, and skin. Cancers that can be prevented by removal of precancerous tissue include cancers of the cervix, colon, and rectum. For cancers of the breast, colon, rectum, and cervix, early detection has been proven to reduce mortality. A heightened awareness of breast changes or skin changes may also result in detection of these tumors at earlier stages. Also, mammography can detect breast tumor at an early stage, when treatment is more effective and a cure is more likely. Cancers that can be detected earlier by screening account for at least half of all new cases.
If proactive actions were taken in the first two control measures against cancer, more than two-thirds of all cases might never require the third line of control instrument, the treatment of cancer. The conventional cancer treatment includes surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy, which are continuously improving to achieve the best treatment possible. In addition, significant advancement has been achieving in the area of cancer research. The advancement in understanding mechanisms of tumor development processes lays concrete foundation on developing a number of novel methods for treatment of the diseases. In cases patient failed surgery, failed radiation, and failed chemotherapy, the advanced novel cancer treatments may still bring miracle.
To control cancer, critical measures are prevention and early diagnosis; meanwhile it is essential to refine current treatment methods and to develop innovative therapeutic approaches. With efforts, effective control of cancer is reachable. Please join Kcancer (Http://WWW.Kcancer.Com/
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