Luke 6:38(NIV)Give,and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
What Is Cancer?
Cancer is a group of diseases characterized by the uncontrolled growth and spread of abnormal cells. If the
spread is not controlled, it can result in death. Although the reason for many cancers, particularly those that occur
during childhood, remains unknown, established cancer causes include lifestyle (external) factors, such as tobacco
use and excess body weight, and non-modifiable (internal) factors, such as inherited genetic mutations, hormones,
and immune conditions. These risk factors may act simultaneously or in sequence to initiate and/or promote
cancer growth. Ten or more years often pass between exposure to external factors and detectable cancer.
In 2017, there will be an estimated 1,688,780 new cancer cases diagnosed and 600,920 cancer deaths in the US. Also, in 2017, nearly 13% of all cancers diagnosed in adults ages 20 and older will be rare cancers, defined in this report as a cancer with fewer than 6 cases per 100,000 people per year.
How Many New Cases and Deaths Are Expected to Occur in 2017?
Of the 1,688,780 new cancer cases expected to be diagnosed in 2017 does not include carcinoma in situ (noninvasive cancer) of any site except urinary bladder, nor does it include basal cell or squamous cell skin cancers because these are not required
to be reported to cancer registries. About 600,920 Americans are expected to die of cancer
in 2017, which translates to about 1,650 people per day Cancer is the second most common
cause of death in the US, exceeded only by heart disease, and accounts for nearly 1 of every 4 deaths.
Can Cancer Be Prevented?
More than 15.5 million Americans with a history of cancer were alive on January 1, 2016. Some of these
individuals were diagnosed recently and are still undergoing treatment, while most were diagnosed many
years ago and have no current evidence of cancer. A substantial proportion of cancers could be prevented, including all cancers caused by tobacco use and heavy alcohol consumption. In 2017, about 190,500 of the
estimated 600,920 cancer deaths in the US will be caused by cigarette smoking, according to a recent study by American Cancer Society epidemiologists. In addition, the World Cancer Research Fund estimates that 20% of all cancers diagnosed in the US are caused by a combination of excess body weight, physical inactivity, excess alcohol consumption, and poor nutrition, and thus could also be prevented. Certain cancers caused by infectious agents, such as human papillomavirus (HPV), hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV), human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), and Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori),
could be prevented through behavioral changes, vaccination, or treatment of the infection. Many of the more than 5 million
skin cancer cases that are diagnosed annually could be prevented by protecting skin from excessive sun exposure and not using indoor tanning devices.Screening can help prevent colorectal and cervical cancers by allowing for the detection and removal of precancerous lesions. Screening also offers the opportunity to detect some cancers early, when treatment is less extensive and more likely to be successful. Screening is known to help reduce mortality for cancers of the breast, colon, rectum,
cervix, and lung (among long-term and/or heavy smokers). In addition, a heightened awareness of changes in certain
parts of the body, such as the breast, skin, mouth, eyes, or genitalia, may also result in the early detection of cancer.