National Ovarian Cancer Month - Each year in the United States, more than 21,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer and about 15,000 women die of the disease. That's a 70% mortality rate, folks.
According to the data, the mortality rates for ovarian cancer have not improved in thirty years since the “War on Cancer” was declared. While other cancers have shown a marked reduction in mortality due to the availability of early detection tests and improved treatments, this is not the case with ovarian cancer, which is still the deadliest of all gynecologic cancers.
Childhood Cancer Month - In the United States, more than 12,500 children are diagnosed with cancer each year. That is roughly the equivalent of two average size classrooms (35-46 kids) diagnosed each school day. Over 40,000 children and adolescents currently are being treated for childhood cancers, and cancer is the #1 cause of death by disease in children, cutting short the lives of more children under the age of 20 than any other disease. Most heartbreaking, 1 child out of 5 who is diagnosed with cancer dies.
Leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma will cause the deaths of an estimated 54,020 people in the United States this year. In fact, every ten minutes, someone dies from a blood cancer. This statistic represents nearly 148 people each day, or more than six people every hour.
Gynecological Cancer Awareness Month - Any woman is at risk for developing a gynecologic cancer. There are five main types:
- Cervical cancer - In 2006,* 11,982 women in the United States were told they had cervical cancer.
- Ovarian cancer - In 2006,* 19,994 women in the United States were told that they have ovarian cancer. Ovarian cancer causes more deaths than any other gynecologic cancer, but it accounts for only about 3 percent of all cancers in women.
- Uterine cancer - In 2006,* 38,535 women in the United States were told that they had uterine cancer.
- Vaginal & Vulvar Cancer - In 2006,* 1,102 women in the United States were told that they had vaginal cancer and 3,807 women learned they had vulvar cancer.
Each year, approximately 82,550 women in the United States are diagnosed with cancers affecting the reproductive organs. In 2006, 27,848 women died from a gynecologic cancer.
National Thyroid Cancer Awareness Week - Thyroid cancer is one of the few cancers that has increased in incidence rates over recent years. It occurs in all age groups from children through seniors. The American Cancer Society estimates that there will be about 37,200 new cases of thyroid cancer in the U.S. in 2009. Of these new cases, about 27,200 will occur in women and about 10,000 will occur in men. About 1,630 people (940 women and 690 men) were expected to die of thyroid cancer in 2009.
Prostate Cancer Awareness Month - Prostate cancer is diagnosed every two minutes and fifteen seconds, and more than 217,730 new cases are expected in 2010. It is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in America among men. An estimated 32,050 American men will lose their lives to prostate cancer this year. One in six American men is at lifetime risk of prostate cancer and in the next 24 hours, prostate cancer will claim the lives of 83 American men.
Part of the vision we have at Hope Cancer Resources is to reduce the number of cancer incidences in Northwest Arkansas. To make that happen, we have to educate our friends and neighbors about prevention, symptoms, and screenings. Until we have done away with cancer, we will continue to provide that education in our communities, and assistance to those struggling with the disease, whatever form it takes.
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