What is it about cancer that strikes fear in the minds of so many people?

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Jul 27th, 2015

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Cancer is a disease that strikes fear in the hearts and minds of most people. It is nondiscriminatory--it strikes men, women, and children in every country of the world, and no population is free of it. Before people knew what the disease really was or how or why it infected people, it was called "The Wasting Sickness" because people with cancer deteriorated substantially before they died.

Today, cancer is a major health problem in North America, striking an estimated 1.4 million people in 2005. It is the second leading cause of death in the United States, and if current trends continue, it is expected to be the leading cause of death by the year 2010.

The good news is that the outlook for people with cancer is better than ever before--early detection, diagnosis, and treatment have improved the odds dramatically. In 1995, over 50 percent of cancer patients survived five years or more after diagnosis and treatment. The American Cancer Society estimates that an additional 25-30% of all cancer deaths could be prevented with earlier diagnosis and treatment.


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