American Cancer Society reports more cancer survivors
Updated: 06/18/2012 10:19 AM
By: Claudine Chalfant
A new report reveals that more cancer victims are surviving.
The American Cancer Society (ACS) reports more cancer diagnoses each year.
The ACS study shows in the United States, one in three women and one in two men will develop cancer during their lifetime.
One reason is the growing aging population. Nearly half of all cancer survivors are 70 or older.
Researchers say the number of cancer survivors will rise to 18 million by 2022.
Age doesn't matter when it comes to stroke patients.
Stroke is a leading cause death and disability in the United States.
In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports about a quarter of strokes occur in people younger than 65.
A stroke occurs when a blood vessel to the brain is blocked by a blood clot, or bursts. With lack of oxygen, that part of the brain becomes damaged or dies.
Cardiologists say advances in technology may be responsible for identifying a larger number of them.
Doctors encourage everyone to know their family history and share that with the younger family members.
Melanoma is the leading cause of cancer for men.
The American Academy of Dermatology reports during the past decade, every year the number of cases increased about 9% in men older than 65. Doctors say older Caucasian men are at a very high risk but anyone can be affected.
Melanoma commonly appears on the back, ear, left arm, scalp, hands and feet. If caught early, 99% of cases are curable.
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