Among females, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the world, according to the announcement of the American Cancer Society in September 2018. Statistics also show that the 5 – and 10 -year relative survival rates for invasive breast cancer are 90% and 83%, respectively. 62% of breast cancer cases are diagnosed at a localized stage (no metastasis to lymph nodes, nearby structures, or other organs outside the breast), for which the 5-year survival is 99%.
We all fear cancer. And there is a good reason for that – in some cases, only early diagnosis may give us hope that a fight with a tumor will be successful. However, we are often confused for detecting the early signs of cancer. After all, there are many types of cancer out there, with different ways of development and cancer symptoms. Should we just give up then and wait for our fate? Not at all. While some early signs of cancer may be hard to spot, others are quite visible, and once we learn them, we may have a higher chance of an early diagnosis.
Nowadays, when many Western countries suffer from the epidemics of overweight and obesity, and other countries follow this example, the increase in overweight-related diseases became an alarming reality. The risk of many health problems, including diabetes, heart disease, and certain types of cancer including breast, colon, rectum, endometrium, gallbladder, kidney may increase due to overweight and obesity may.
What is cancer? This seemingly simple question would make a lot of people think a lot once they were asked it. While, due to changing environment and ageing of societies, we meet more and more people who undergo therapy, we often have no idea what is it, apart from the fact that it is deadly or harmful to our body.
What causes cancer? There is no easy answer to this question. People leading a healthy lifestyle may get cancer while others with an unhealthy diet, smoking habit and other possible causes of cancer constantly present in their lives, may live long and happily.