Today on my blog I am going to be answering some questions about cancer and provide statistics around the questions and answers. While it is not an easy subject to talk about or write about I feel that it is important to know about cancer in general and understand it a bit better in order to take away some of the myths surrounding the subject. I have chosen the questions that I have been most asked since starting the Walk All Over Cancer, 10000 Step A Day Challenge, and added in a few of my own questions too. In order to get the best answers (as most of these answers I did not know, I ran the questions through Google. I have provided the best answers and the sources from which they came.
How many kinds of cancer are there?
There are over 100 different types of cancer that affect the human body. This is something I didn’t really know, I knew that cancer can affect the whole body but really I could only name the major cancers (breast, testicular, lung, throat, stomach…) and was really surprised at how many different types there are. (http://www.livescience.com/11041-10-deadliest-cancers-cure.html )
What is the most common cancer?
There are 5 main cancers – breast, prostate, lung, bowel and malignant melanoma. Breast cancer numbers seem to be the highest in the Uk (England, Wales, Northern Ireland) but Lung Cancer is the most common in Scotland. (http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/health-professional/cancer-statistics/incidence/common-cancers-compared )
What age groups are most affected?
In the age group 15-24 less than 1 in 100 cancers occur.
Men up to 50 are more likely to develop cancer with a statistic of 1 in 35 and that figure is 1 in 20 for women, making women an even higher risk of developing cancer. And over 75’s are at risk by 1 in every 3 people. (http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/cancers-in-general/cancer-questions/how-does-general-health-and-age-affect-cancer )
Are more women than men affected?
Men are 60% more likely to develop cancer and 70% more likely to die from it than their women counterparts. (http://scienceblog.cancerresearchuk.org/2009/06/15/why-are-men-more-likely-to-die-from-cancer/ )
What treatments are available?
The main types of cancer treatment include:
- Radiation Therapy.
- Targeted Therapy.
- Hormone Therapy.
- Stem Cell Transplant.
- Precision Medicine
Do all cancer patients lose their hair?
Not all do. The treatment, chemotherapy, can cause hair loss, from eye lash and eyebrow, body hair to baldness. It can be a localised loss of hair or all over this is mostly down to the different doses of chemotherapy that may be received by the patient. (http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/chemotherapy/in-depth/hair-loss/art-20046920 )
How many people survive cancer?
Many of the most commonly diagnosed cancers have ten-year survival of 50% or more (2010-11). More than 80% of people diagnosed with cancer types which are easier to diagnose and/or treat survive their cancer for ten years or more (2010-11). (http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/health-professional/cancer-statistics/survival )
Are there ways of avoiding cancer?
Every year, more than 331,000 people are diagnosed with the disease. But experts estimate that more than 4 in 10 cancer cases could be prevented by lifestyle changes, such as: not smoking. keeping a healthy bodyweight. (http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/causes-of-cancer/can-cancer-be-prevented )
The answers make pretty sober reading and it has bought back to me how important this Walk All Over Cancer challenge is. If we can raise money for more research into this disease we have a better chance of fighting it and bringing the statistics down, and to raise money we should help out by sponsoring people when they take on challenges, bake cakes, wash cars or do whatever to add to the funds and continue to support those that carry out the research.
I have been aiming to walk 10,000 steps a day to help raise funds for Cancer Research as part of their September Walk All Over Cancer challenge. How did I do with yesterdays stats?
I reached 10,000 steps and went beyond! If you would like to help me to raise money for research into Cancer treatments please visit my Just Giving page.