Cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in the body. Cancerous cells are also called malignant cells.
Fact 1. The three most common cancers found in men in the United States are: prostate cancer, lung cancer, and colon cancer.
Fact 2. The three most common cancers found in women in the United States are: breast cancer, colon cancer, and lung cancer.
Fact 3. The occurrence of types of cancer is influenced by cultural and genetic heritage including environmental factors. In Japan, stomach cancer is prevalent amongst cancer patients, but this type of cancer is not common in the United States.
Fact 4. Other types of cancer include: brain cancer, cervical cancer, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, kidney cancer, leukemia, liver cancer, Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma cancer, ovarian cancer, testicular, thyroid, uterine, and skin cancer.
Fact 5. Cancer is still a disease which is looked upon as disturbing as there is no known cure for it, and it strikes without any pronounced signs.
Fact 6. Mammograms used for checking for early signs of breast cancer have shown mixed signals as a regular mammogram has not reduced the rate of advanced breast cancers. But, on the other hand, more women have been diagnosed with tumors that did not need to be treated.
Fact 7. There are cosmetic creams in the market which can potentially cause blood cancers such as leukemia, liver, and kidney cancers.
Fact 8. Annually, the number of men who become victims of cancer in the United States is an estimated 300,000. Factors which potentially can trigger the occurrence of cancer include: tobacco use and secondhand smoke, obesity, overweight, lack of physical activity, and exposure to the sun.
Fact 9. All men face the risk of prostate cancer, but studies show that older men, African-American men and men with a family history of prostate cancer, face a higher risk.
Fact 10. Sarcoma is a rare type of cancer which develops in supporting or connective tissues of the body such as: muscles, nerves, cartilage, blood vessels, and fat.