National Cancer Survivors Day

Cancer.

A disease that too many of us are familiar with. Chances are if you don’t have cancer yourself, more than likely you know of someone who has it, or has had it.

Cancer is one of the leading causes of death in the world. In 2012, 8.2 million cancer-related deaths were reported. In the United States, about 1,620 people were expected to die each day in 2015 (according to the American Cancer Society).

However, despite this enemy that seems to lurk around the world taking the lives of thousands of victims along the way, there are many who have beaten it. The National Cancer Society stated that in the United States in 2016, there were roughly 15.5 million cancer survivors, and that number is expected to rise to 20.3 million by 2026.

Modern day research, medications, and treatments have assisted with fighting the cancer battle and increasing the mortality rate of cancer patients. However, amidst these advancements and miracles, the real honor should be given to those who have fought on enemy lines.

National Cancer Survivors Day is held on June 2 this year and aims to raise awareness for those suffering from cancer, and those who have survived cancer by coming together in support of one another. While you may be aware of someone who has had cancer, you may not be aware of some of these facts about cancer:

Statistics

As mentioned earlier, cancer is fairly common. It affects about 39% of males, and 36% of females. The most common cancers are breast cancer, lung cancer, skin cancer, colorectal, and prostate cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, “Cancer is the second most common cause of death among children ages 1 to 14 years in the US, after accidents. In 2018, an estimated 10,590 children in this age group will be diagnosed with cancer and 1,180 will die from it.

Cancer is more prevalent in African Americans and Hispanics, however, there are lot of factors that may contribute to this including weight, socioeconomic status, and access to quality insurance. Cancer is less prevalent among White Americans and Asian Americans.

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) stated in 2018 that an estimated 1,735,350 new cases of cancer were predicted to be diagnosed in the United States and 609,640 people would die from the disease.The NCI also stated:

As the overall cancer death rate has declined, the number of cancer survivors has increased. These trends show that progress is being made against the disease, but much work remains. Although rates of smoking, a major cause of cancer, have declined, the U.S. population is aging, and cancer rates increase with age. Obesity, another risk factor for cancer, is also increasing.

Signs and Symptoms

Although some cancers develop completely without symptoms, the disease can be particularly devastating if you ignore symptoms because you do not think that these symptoms might represent cancer. Cancer isn’t something you can easily pinpoint on someone. You can’t exactly tell someone has cancer from their physical looks. However, some common symptoms may include:

  • Blood in the urine
  • Low blood count
  • Lumps (in breasts or testicles)
  • Swollen lymph nodes or glands
  • Hoarseness
  • Indigestion
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Headaches
  • Changes in Urinary Symptoms

 

At Aegis, our patients are priority. Our trained staff is always professional and can help assist you with your cancer-related needs.

Prevention

While no scientist has proven that there’s one specific way to prevent cancer, research has shown that early diagnosis is key. Especially for those who are elderly, of African American or Hispanic descent, are smokers, drink alcohol, or are regularly in the sun, getting screened routinely is crucial. Research has shown that newly detected cancers are more curable when found early.

In addition to being screened, it’s important to maintain a healthy diet and be physically active. Eating a well-rounded diet with plenty of vegetables and fruits can lower your risk of getting certain types of cancers.

 

Let the dietitians at Aegis help with your specific dietary needs and restrictions. Call us at 480-219-4790 for more information.

 

National Cancer Survivors Day celebrates those who have ever suffered from cancer. It inspires communities around the world to learn more about cancer and how to support those affected by it. Find a community event near you by clicking here.

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