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Are cancer rates increasing in our country?

Are cancer rates increasing in our country?

Yes and No: Overall, cancer rates have decreased since the 1990's. However, while some common cancer rates are decreasing (lung, breast, colon cancers) the rates for some other cancers (non-hodgkins lymphomas, melanomas) are increasing. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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How are the survival rates for colorectal cancer known?

How are the survival rates for colorectal cancer known?

Statistics: Most states collect cancer data that provide the basis for incidence, mortality and survival rates. ...Read more

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Does the rate of bladder cancer vary by state?

Does the rate of bladder cancer vary by state?

Yes: Incidence rate of bladder cancer varies by state. Most recent reports show that the incidence of bladder cancer tends to be higher in northern us states compared with southern states. ...Read more

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Breast cancer research centers in san diego, ca?

Breast cancer research centers in san diego, ca?

The 2: Nationally known cancer research centers are scripps and uc san diego. I've worked at the nci and 5 nci designated centers, and I am not sure that you have to go to one of these for most cases of breast cancer care. In fact, sometimes going to your local center/doctor first, and seeking the 2nd opinion is best. You choose. ...Read more

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Public hospitals versus private hospitals in singapore ( cancer treatment)?

Public hospitals versus private hospitals in singapore ( cancer treatment)?

Comparable: I think you can choose either way- either public hospital or private hospital. There are a lot of hospitals there, but public hospital like the national university hospital is good too. Choose the oncologist whom you feel comfortable with is probably more important. ...Read more

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Cancer treatment centers of america ctca?

Real Rx, lots of ads: These folks market themselves aggressively to people with newly-diagnosed cancer. Today, most cancer treatments that are not part of research studies are pretty much cookbook, and i'd prefer to be treated at my personal physician's hospital. It's impossible to compare statistics between hospitals as healthier people may choose to travel further; ctca also offers "spiritual" and "holistic" stuff. ...Read more

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I'm wondering why are cancer rates higher in developed industrial nations?

I'm wondering why are cancer rates higher in developed industrial nations?

Varied Answers: Cancer rates appear to be higher for a couple of reasons. Detection and documentation is better in developed industrial nations. Also, patients are living longer so that they have the opportunity to get cancer. Finally, there is also increased exposure to toxins in the industrial nations which have the potential to be carcinogens. ...Read more

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How does colorectal cancer affect the united states population?

How does colorectal cancer affect the united states population?

Getting better: 150, 000 people develop colon cancer annually and 50-60, 000 people will die from this. There is considerable personal cost because of medical and surgical treatments. The economic cost is estimated at $14 billion for 2010, second only to breast cancer at $16b. ...Read more

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Are cancer rates higher for people who live near a nuclear reactor? Does living there increase the risk of cancer?

Are cancer rates higher for people who live near a nuclear reactor? Does living there increase the risk of cancer?

Unlikely: As long as the nuclear reactor is operated under standard us government guidelines, then the risk is low. As we have seen in chernobyl, japan, and even three mile island, accidents do happen and in this sense there is a risk. From a statistical standpoint, you are much more likely to be involved in a fatal car accident than to develop cancer from living nearby a nuclear reactor. ...Read more

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Which state has the highest bladder cancer rate in the united states?

Which state has the highest bladder cancer rate in the united states?

NCI Data: The most up-to-date data available suggests that maine has the highest death rate, but new hampshire and vermont have the highest incidence of bladder cancer. Smoking is the biggest promoter of bladder cancer, tripling the risk. Other exposures have an increased incidence of bladder cancer, such as exposure to aniline dyes, aromatic amines, radiation and certain chemotherapies. Limit your risk. ...Read more

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Best nci national cancer institute breast cancer risk assessment tool?

Best nci national cancer institute breast cancer risk assessment tool?

Gail Risk Assessment: Gail breast cancer risk assessment tool. See: http://www.Cancer.Gov/bcrisktool/. ...Read more

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Living with cancer. How many millions of americans are cancer survivors now?

Living with cancer.  How many millions of americans are cancer survivors now?

Hard to say/growing.: This number is hard to determine, but it is certainly growing due to the advances in medicine. However, it is estimated by the sun-sentinel (fort lauderdale, florida). 22 january 2009. In their article "cancer survivors face psychological challenges that about 11 million americans alive today—one in 30 people–are either currently undergoing treatment for cancer or have done so in the past. ...Read more

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What is the mortality rate with prostate cancer surgery?

What is the mortality rate with prostate cancer surgery?

Prostate surgery: It is minimall. Some people say it s close to zero. It is really small. There is an open technique, radical prostatectomy and laparoscopic technique. Although laparoscopy is gaining field, apparently there is a higher rate of urinary incontinence and recurrence with laproscopy. Your urologyst should be able to give you uptodate information on the procedure. Hope it helps. ...Read more

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Childhood cancer survivor rates are highest for which childhood cancers?

Childhood cancer survivor rates are highest for which childhood cancers?

Several!: Currently over 80% of children diagnosed with cancer will be cured of their disease, due to advances in the treatment of common childhood cancers such as acute lymphoblastic leukemia; over 90% of children with that diagnosis are now cured. Many types of brain tumors, wilm's tumor, and lymphomas are also very curable. Metastatic bone and soft tissue tumors and neuroblastoma are still challenging. ...Read more

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Expert opinions? Which body systems have the greatest number of cancer cases and cancer deaths?

Expert opinions? Which body systems have the greatest number of cancer cases and cancer deaths?

ACS 2013 data: Most frequent cancers in men: prostate followed by lung followed by colon/rectum. In women: breast > lung > colon/ rectum. Most common causes of cancer deaths in men: lung > prostate > colon/rectum. In women: lung > breast > colon/rectum. Don't use tobacco and live a healthy lifestyle. ...Read more

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Where can I find data on cancer rates per field of occupation?

Where can I find data on cancer rates  per field of occupation?

Likely the ACS.: The american cancer society is a likely place/site to start such a search. One of its primary functions is to keep track of the incidence of all kinds of cancer. In fact, on its website by the "how can we help you?" section is a small area called "frequently searched" that has as a sub-topic "cancer statistics". Otherwise, a search can likely get you a good start on the information. ...Read more

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Which disease has a higher survival rate? Ovarian or pancreatic cancer

Which disease has a higher survival rate? Ovarian or pancreatic cancer

Ovarian usually: Ovarian cancers generally have a better survival then pancreatic tumors but there are several factors to consider the stage at time of surgery, the cell type of the cancer, the response to chemotherapy and of course, the underlying health of the patient. ...Read more

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Renal cancer survival rates at 5 years?

Renal cell ca: In general-- stage i kidney cancer-- a 5-year survival rate over 90 % stage 2 - a five-year survival rates ranging from 75 to 95 % stage 3 - ranges from ranges from 46 to 70 % the median survival for patients with stage IV disease is 16 to 20 months in contemporary studies -with 5 year survival less than 10%. ...Read more