Cancer does not discriminate, it does not care if you are a mother, father, grandparent, child, what color your skin is, nor whether you have money. Cancer is an invasive, pervasive disease that is only out to destroy.
Too often we hear ‘they are too young’, ‘only women get breast cancer’, or ‘I don’t do anything unhealthy’, then we hear about how a child has leukemia, or a man has gotten breast cancer, or how someone who has never taken junk into their body has developed cancer.
It does not care if you are 1 month or 90 years old, it does not care what the ‘average age’ is. Staying ahead of it, the best you can, is the only way to truly stand a fighting chance. Knowing the facts, asking about your family’s medical history, understanding your own personal risk are ways to start fighting now and not just for yourself but for your loved ones.
Below are just some statistics listed concerning cancer taken from the National Cancer Institute. We encourage each of you to not only check out the other statistics but also look for other indicators and BE YOUR OWN ADVOCATE and the ADVOCATE OF YOUR LOVED ONES. No one knows your family history as well as you do. Sure, you can notify your doctor when you fill out those initial forms but your medical record does not necessarily reflect your parents, children, or grandchildren’s records. Just because you have the same provider it does not mean that they will remember your medical history when talking to your loved ones. So, write it out, save the information, share it with other members, and stand up for your own medical care.
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My Uncle, Aunt, Grandfather, Stepmother, and other members of my family have all died not only from cancer but also from the treatments involved. Chemo itself can be deadly. When I recently took my son to get a workup done, I told them I wanted him to have a complete workup including being tested for Prostate Cancer. The initial reaction was ‘he’s too young, we don’t check for that until they are older’. Of course, I informed them that my Uncle was diagnosed in his late 30’s and that several other members on my Dad’s side have dealt with or were diagnosed with Prostate Cancer. This did not include the various other types of cancers that have passed through my family tree. If I had not been with him to provide the information again, they may have missed out on certain test needed. When I go with any of my children or my dad to their appointments, I often provide information about medical concerns and history so that the doctor is aware. Some cancers are inherited others are behaviorally passed on, knowing which types are in your genetic pool is important to understand and discuss with your doctor.
Cancer does not only effect those who have it but also those around them. My Dad had Lung Cancer and his Dad had Prostate Cancer. My Mom went through Breast, Lung and Colon Cancer in her lifetime. With each one my sisters and I made it imperative to always be checked and ensured other members of our family were aware that our family is at a higher risk to develop Cancer no matter what type. The psychological toll it takes on family, friends and caregivers is very difficult. A strong support system in imperative to everyone.
So be sure to know your medical history, gather and confide in those around you for support, and most important don’t skip your annual physicals and screenings.
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According to the National Cancer Institute (n.d.) Statistics at a Glance: The Burden of Cancer in the United States
- In 2018, an estimated 1,735,350 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in the United States and 609,640 people will die from the disease.
- The most common cancers (listed in descending order according to estimated new cases in 2018) are breast cancer, lung and bronchus cancer, prostate cancer, colon and rectum cancer, melanoma of the skin, bladder cancer, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, kidney and renal pelvis cancer, endometrial cancer, leukemia, pancreatic cancer, thyroid cancer, and liver cancer.
- The number of new cases of cancer (cancer incidence) is 439.2 per 100,000 men and women per year (based on 2011–2015 cases).
- The number of cancer deaths (cancer mortality) is 163.5 per 100,000 men and women per year (based on 2011–2015 deaths).
- Cancer mortality is higher among men than women (196.8 per 100,000 men and 139.6 per 100,000 women). When comparing groups based on race/ethnicity and sex, cancer mortality is highest in African American men (239.9 per 100,000) and lowest in Asian/Pacific Islander women (88.3 per 100,000).
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~ Dee and Cindy
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According to the National Cancer Institute (n.d.) Cancer Statistics. Retrieved from https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/understanding/statistics