June is national cancer survivorship month, which is intended to raise awareness to the challenges survivors face and to celebrate their life. Developments in drug therapies and the introduction of novel treatments and diagnostic testing have extended survival for many people diagnosed with cancer and improved survivors’ quality of life. How much do you know about cancer survivorship?
Chronic myeloid leukemia, also known as chronic myelogenous leukemia, is a malignancy that originates in blood-forming cells (called myeloid cells) found in bone marrow.1 According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 8990 individuals (5250 men and 3740 women) in the United States will be diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia in 2019, and approximately 1140 individuals (660 men and 480 women) will die from the disease in the same year.1 How much do you know about chronic myeloid leukemia?
Melanoma is a form of skin cancer that occurs when pigment-producing cells called melanocytes mutate and become cancerous.1 According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 96,480 individuals in the United States will be diagnosed with melanoma in 2019, and approximately 7230 individuals will die from the disease in the same year.1 How much do you know about melanoma?
Brain and spinal cord tumors are rare forms of cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 23,880 individuals in the United States will be diagnosed with malignant brain and spinal cord tumors in 2018, and approximately 16,830 patients will die from the disease.1 How much do you know about brain and spinal cord tumors?
Testicular cancer originates in one or both testicles, or testes. According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 9310 men in the United States were diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2018, and approximately 400 men were expected to die from the disease.1 How much do you know about testicular cancer?
Gastrointestinal stromal tumors, or GISTs, can appear anywhere in the GI tract (the digestive system) in our bodies. GISTs are soft-tissue sarcomas that develop as a result of changes in the DNA of cells within the walls of a person’s digestive system. How much do you know about GIST?
February is National Cancer Prevention Month. The American Institute for Cancer Research estimates that approximately 30% to 50% of the most common cancers in the United States could be prevented by maintaining a healthy weight, being physically active, eating a nutritious diet, not smoking, and avoiding sun damage.1 How much do you know about cancer prevention?
Thyroid cancer is a relatively rare malignancy, but the chance of being diagnosed with thyroid cancer has risen in recent years and is the most rapidly increasing cancer in the United States, tripling over the past 3 decades. Awareness of effective strategies for preventing, diagnosing, and treating thyroid cancer is important to be able to reduce the death rates from this cancer and progression to advanced disease.
Breast cancer is the second most common diagnosed cancer among women in the United States. In 2017, an estimated 252,710 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed, and 63,410 new cases of noninvasive (in situ) breast cancer. How much do you know about the disease?
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