June 1 is National Cancer Survivors Day. And, we’d like to give a big shout-out to all the brave, amazing cancer survivors and families out there.
You are all incredible. We salute you and your fight against cancer.
To help raise awareness about some of the most common types of cancer in men and women on Cancer Survivors Day, here are statistics about their diagnosis and survival rates.
This is the most common of all cancers. According to American Cancer Society’s (ACS) 2013 Cancer Facts & Figures, there are more new cases of skin cancer diagnosed than the combined incidence of breast, prostate, lung and colon cancer each year.
For melanoma skin cancer, which is the most serious type of skin cancer, the overall 5-year relative survival rate is 91%, according to the ACS.
To learn more about the facts of skin cancer and some prevention tips, click here.
Breast cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in women and represents 14% of all new cancer cases in the U.S. According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), a little more than 12% of women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point during their lifetime.
And, while breast cancer survival rates and statistics vary by stage at diagnosis, the latest numbers from the NCI indicate that 89.2% of people diagnosed with breast cancer are surviving 5 years or more after diagnosis.
If you’d like to learn about 4 breast cancer-fighting foods to eat, read our article here.
According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), about 1 in 7 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. Nearly 6 out of 10 cases are diagnosed in men ages 65 and older.
The percentage of people surviving 5 years or more after being diagnosed with prostate cancer is 98.9%, according to the NCI.
For more facts about prostate cancer and prevention tips, you can read about ways to reduce your risk from the Mayo Clinic.
Cancer of the colon and rectum are two of the most common types of cancer and represent 8.2% of all new cancer cases diagnosed in the U.S., according to the NCI. More than 64% of people diagnosed with colon and rectum cancer survive 5 years or more.
Click here to learn more facts about colon cancer and prevention tips.
Among both men and women, lung cancer is the second most common type of cancer, according to the ACS. It accounts for nearly 13% of all new cancer cases diagnosed.
While the overall 5-year survival rates for lung cancer are relatively low when compared to other forms of cancer, the latest numbers from the NCI indicate that 54% people who are diagnosed during stage I (localized) survive 5 years or more.
For more information about lung cancer and prevention tips from WebMD, click here.
And, in recognition of National Cancer Survivors Day, please read this article about 3 celebrity moms who beat cancer.
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