Cholangiocarcinoma is a rare form of cancer that develops in the cells lining the bile duct. Patients with cholangiocarcinoma usually present at late stages of the disease, when the cancer is too far advanced to be treated by surgical resection. Over the past 30 years, the incidence of bile duct cancers has been on the rise. This may be attributed to increased recognition of these malignancies, which may have been previously diagnosed as cancers of unknown origin. The American Cancer Society estimates that approximately 8000 new cases of cholangiocarcinoma are diagnosed in the United States each year, but the actual number of cases may be higher. How much do you know about cholangiocarcinoma?
Although still a deadly cancer, the mortality rate for cervical cancer has declined 71% since 1969, due to the use of the Papanicolaou test, which screens for potentially precancerous and cancerous processes in the cervix. Today, cervical cancer is the fourth most common cancer in women worldwide and has the fourth highest mortality rate. The American Cancer Society estimates that approximately 13,800 new cases of invasive cervical cancer will be diagnosed in the United States in 2020, and approximately 4290 women will die from the disease. How much do you know about cervical cancer?
Lung cancer is the second most common cancer in men and women, and is the leading cause of cancer death, making up almost 25% of annual cancer fatalities. The American Cancer Society estimates that approximately 228,820 new cases of lung cancer (116,300 in men and 112,520 in women) will be diagnosed in 2020 and approximately 135,720 patients (72,500 men and 63,220 women) will die from the disease. Approximately 10% to 15% of lung cancer diagnoses are small-cell lung cancer (SCLC), which spreads faster than non–small-cell lung cancer. How much do you know about SCLC?
Breast cancer is a common malignancy in women, but men can also be diagnosed with breast cancer. Male breast cancer accounts for less than 1% of all breast cancer diagnoses, and 8 out of 10 cases of breast cancer in men are invasive ductal carcinomas. The American Cancer Society estimates that approximately 2620 new cases of invasive breast cancer in men will be diagnosed in 2020 and approximately 520 men will die from the disease. How much do you know about male breast cancer?
Cancer caregivers can be partners, family members, or close friends who become the lifeline of the patient with cancer. A 2020 report by the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP Family Caregiving states that more than 1 in 5 Americans are caregivers and have provided care to an adult or child in the past 12 months. How much do you know about cancer caregivers?
Neuroblastoma is a very rare type of cancerous tumor that develops from nerve cells in the fetus called neuroblasts. The American Cancer Society estimates that approximately 800 new cases of neuroblastoma will be diagnosed in the United States each year, accounting for approximately 6% of all cancers in children. How much do you know about neuroblastoma?
June 7, 2020, marks the 33rd annual National Cancer Survivors Day Celebration of Life. This is a day set aside each year to recognize cancer survivors, to raise awareness of the challenges they face, and to celebrate life. Although extended survivorship used to be a rare occurrence in patients with cancer, the implementation of more effective treatment strategies and better detection and screening methods has increased the odds that individuals will live longer after diagnosis. How much do you know about cancer survivorship?
Anal cancer is a rare malignancy, representing approximately 0.5% of all new cancer cases in the United States. The American Cancer Society estimates that approximately 8590 new cases (5900 women and 2690 men) of anal cancer will be diagnosed in the country in 2020, and approximately 1350 (810 women and 540 men) will die from the disease. How much do you know about anal cancer?
Thymoma and thymic carcinomas are rare cancers affecting the thymus, a small organ located behind the breastbone in the front part of the chest. Although the exact number is not known, the American Cancer Society estimates that less than 1 person per 1.5 million people in the United States is diagnosed with these malignancies annually (approximately 400 cases per year). How much do you know about thymus cancers?
Retinoblastoma is a very rare malignancy that originates in the retina, the specialized tissue at the back of the eye that detects light and color. It is the most common type of eye cancer in children. According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 200 to 300 children in the United States are diagnosed with retinoblastoma each year, and greater than 90% of children with retinoblastoma are cured each year as long as the cancer has not metastasized. How much do you know about retinoblastoma?