The big C! The dreaded C word no one ever wanted to hear. It was a death sentence. No one said it out loud and certainly never in public. The one who must not be named!
Something had to be done about it.
Fast forward 100 years and the American Cancer Society is celebrating a century of fighting cancer with an ultimate goal of totally ending all cancer deaths.
Beginning in 1913 the American Cancer Society took an active role in cancer research searching for a breakthrough.
Yes, cancer is still a very serious diagnosis and scary for those who receive it, but it’s not nearly the same death sentence for most that it was not too many years ago.
- It is estimated that about 1.5 million new cases of cancer are diagnosed in a year.
- Approximately 562,000 Americans are expected to die of cancer – more than 1,500 people a day, according to a 2007 report.
- Cancer is the second leading cause of death among all Americans, exceeded only by heart disease.
- In the U.S., one out of every four deaths is attributed to cancer.
- Over the course of a lifetime, one in three women and one in two men will develop cancer.
- About 77 percent of all cancers are diagnosed in patients aged 55 or older.
- Two of three people diagnosed with cancer today will survive at least five years.
A major achievement was announced to help lessen these dreadful statistics – there was a 20% drop in cancer death rates since the 1990s, which is equivalent to more than one million deaths.
The American Cancer Society aims to understand, prevent and treat all cancers. It is the largest voluntary health organization in the United States.
In combination with their research efforts, the Cancer Society has worked diligently to reduce the number of smokers by 50% with their recognition of the link between cancer and tobacco use.
The American Cancer Society can be reached at 1-800-227-2345 for help. It provides support for not only cancer patients but families to aid transportation and treatment goals.
One of the best statistics is that more than 11 million Americans are cancer survivors.
What We & Our Senior Loved Ones Can Do
Early detection and prevention are keys to surviving or even avoiding a cancer diagnosis.
- Don’t skip that medical checkup or prevention tests that are recommended
- Get cancer screenings: mammography, pap test, colonoscopy, skin checks, prostate exam
- Use sunscreen
- Eat a healthy diet
- Exercise regularly
- Limit alcohol consumption
One other thing that can make a real difference in your risk of getting cancer — if you are a smoker, stop smoking today!