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What is Cancer?
Cancer is a group of diseases characterized by uncontrolled growth and spread of abnormal cells.(cancer.org)
Cancer is a term used for diseases in which abnormal cells divide without control and are able to invade other tissues. Cancer is not just one disease but many diseases. There are more than 100 different types of cancer. (NCI)
Cancer is a class of diseases characterized by out-of-control cell growth. There are over 100 different types of cancer, and each is classified by the type of cell that is initially affected. (Medical News Today)
|About 562,340 Americans are expected to die of cancer this year. That's more than 1,500 people a day. (cancer.org)|
|The second most common cause of death in the US is cancer, exceeded only by heart disease. (cancer.org)|
|Approximately 11,000 children will become victims of cancer this year.|
|People have twice the risk today of developing cancer as our grandparents.|
|Cancer patients are living an average of five years longer than they did in the 1970's ... this life extension is very costly due to the high cost of treatment and medications.|
|About 77% of all cancers are diagnosed in persons 55 years and older.(cancer.org)|
|About 1,479,350 new cancer cases are expected to be diagnosed
in 2009. This estimate does not include carcinoma
in situ (noninvasive cancer) of any site except urinary
bladder, and does not include basal and squamous cell
|An estimated 10,730 new cases are expected to occur among children aged 0 to 14 years in 2009. Childhood cancers are rare, representing less than 1% of all new cancer diagnoses.(cancer.org)|
|One in three people will contract cancer, and one in four will die from the disease.(GHC)|
Within five years, cancer will surpass heart disease as the leading cause of death, according to the American Hospital Association.(GHC)
Since 1950, the overall cancer incidence has increased by 44 percent; the incidence of breast cancer and male colon cancer by about 60 percent; testis, prostate and kidney by 100 percent; and other cancers, such as malignant melanoma, multiple myeloma and some lymphomas, by over 100 percent.(GHC)
The estimated annual cost of cancer to the United States, excluding incalculable psychosocial costs, is $110 billion, approximately 2 percent of the GNP.(GHC)