How Many People Get Cancer In Their Lifetime – Cancer Statistics
Updated January 12, 2014 – How Many People Get Cancer In Their Lifetime – Cancer Statistics
According to the statement of a renowned scientist, if everyone in the world continues to live for longer than they ordinarily will, then we will all get cancer in our lifetime. This statement underscores how almost inevitable this deadly disease is. Cancer does not respect personality, does not discriminate between the rich or the poor and it does not care about the age of its victim. The worst thing about this dreadful disease is that the causes, up till present day remain unknown to scientists despite the fact that it is the number one cause of deaths worldwide every year. If by now, you are yet to get a clear picture of why you should dread this disease, you need to know some basic facts such as the definition and types of cancer, and how many people get cancer on an annual basis (regionally and globally).
Cancer is a general name for a group of diseases which cause the rapid and uncontrolled multiplication of abnormal cells in the body. This rapid spread, if not timely put under control, often results in death. Cancer begins when a previously normal body cell suddenly becomes aberrant and starts to multiply rapidly. Very soon, the whole tissue or organ is filled up with abnormal daughter cells which have developed from the original aberrant cell. This leads to damage of the affected tissue or organ.
Cancer can affect any part of the body except that part which is not made of cells (of course, there’s none). So, there are cancers for virtually every part of the body, even though some are very rare. Types of cancer include the very common types like lung cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, ovarian cancer, skin cancer, blood cancer, cervical cancer, oral cancer and also the less widely heard of types like testicular cancer, cancer of the bladder, cancer of the trachea, cancer of the larynx, pancreatic cancer and so on.
According to scientific research studies on cancer, both external (viruses, radiation, chemicals and so on.) and internal factors (immune conditions, genetic make-up and hormones) have been suspected to be the likely causes of cancer. These factors, according to scientists may either act together to facilitate carcinogenesis (development of cancer-causing agents known as carcinogens). This process may take ver long years. In other words, the interval of time between an individual exposure to any of the risk factors and the time cancer manifests may be as long as 20 years – the likely reason why cancer is very rare in children.
As stated earlier, anyone is at risk of getting cancer. Yes, you may just be the next patient! However, there is a greater risk of cancer in people who are above 50 years of age. As for the lifetime risk of the disease, cancer statistics reveal that in the US men have a 50% lifetime risk of cancer while women have a 33% lifetime risk. Even though, this number seems a bit hyped compared to the number of cancer cases in the US, it gives an idea of how many people have cancer (a rough estimate).
According to statistics from the National Cancer Institute, about 8 million Americans who are still alive today have had one form of history or another in the past. Of this number, some have been absolutely cured while some have not been cured. This year, around 560,000 Americans are expected to die of cancer. This simply implies that American loses 1500 lives on a daily basis to this deadly disease, which remains the second leading cause of deaths in the US and the leading cause of deaths in Canada.
So, by now if you are asked the question: what percentage of people get cancer in their lifetime, then the answer has been afore-stated. 50% of men and 33% of women.
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