Cancer Survival Rates

Published by Jason finch

What is Cancer

Cancer is not a single disease with a single type of treatment. There are more than 200 different kinds of cancer, each with its own name and treatment.

Below is a small list of the types of cancers that can be developed:Image

  • Breast Cancer
  • Cervical Cancer
  • Leukemia Cancer
  • Lung Cancer
  • Prostate Cancer

Although cells in different areas of the body may look and work differently, most repair and reproduce themselves in the same way. Normally, cells divide in an orderly and controlled way. But if for some reason the process gets out of control, the cells carry on dividing and develop into a lump called a tumour. Tumours are either benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous). Doctors can tell if a tumour is benign or malignant by abstracting a piece of tissue (biopsy) and examining a diminutive sample of cells under a microscope.

The Signs and Symptoms

More than 250,000 people are diagnosed with cancer in the UK each year. The earlier a cancer is caught, the more likely it is that treatment will be successful. Knowing what changes to look for and when to see your GP could make a real difference.

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The list below doesn’t necessary mean you have cancer but its recommended to get any of these symptoms checked out by your GP

  • A lump anywhere on your body.
  • Changes on your skin or to an existing mole (such as itching, bleeding, or a change in shape or colour).
  • A cough or hoarseness that lasts for more than three weeks.
  • A change in bowel habit that lasts for more than six weeks.
  • Any abnormal bleeding from your vagina or back passage, in your urine or when being sick (vomiting).
  • Unexplained, significant weight loss (5kg/10Ibs over a couple of months).
  • Coughing up blood.

Cancer Survival Rates

Here is an analysis that in 1971-2, 50% of people diagnosed with cancer died within a year. Now 50% survive for at least a decade – up from 24% in 1971-2. But the findings, based on the outcomes for more than 7 million patients, also showed that for some cancers, survival rates were still very low.

There are a number of reasons for beating cancer and 1 of the main reasons is catching it as earlier as possible. 

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Below are some links of different charity’s that you can help towards beating cancer.

Race for Life

Cancer Research

Macmillian

Cancer wont beat us, we will beat cancer..

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