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Cancers With the Highest and Lowest Survival Rates

24/7 Tempo Logo By Hristina Byrnes of 24/7 Tempo | Slide 1 of 24: Despite significant strides in cancer detection and treatment, cancer remains a scary word. It's certainly scarier than hearing you have a chronic condition. But the truth is that the potentially deadly disease, in many cases, can often be put in the same category as other manageable illnesses and chronic conditions such as hypertension and diabetes. “We see more and more cases in which the disease doesn’t lead to the demise of the patient,” said Dr. Fransisco Garcia-Moreno, Chief of Oncology and Hematology at ProHEALTH in Lake Sussex, New York. 
An increasing number of people are surviving within five years of being diagnosed with almost all major types of cancer, according to the latest data provided by the American Cancer Society. But the improvement has been uneven across the different types of cancer. Some forms of the illness have survival rates that have more than quadrupled since the late 1970s, while others have seen little progress. 
The higher survival rates are largely due to several factors, including early detection and better treatment. Early detection, especially in the case of prostate cancer, is a “fundamental reason why more people survive it,” Garcia-Moreno said. “You can now detect prostate cancer with a blood test.” 
Many cancers are still very difficult to detect early because of their location, symptoms manifesting late, and when they do, the symptoms tend to be vague, Garcia-Moreon explained. Pancreatic cancer, for example, is deep within the abdominal cavity, he noted. “By the time symptoms occur, it’s so advanced, it can’t be removed surgically.” Ovarian cancer is another type that is difficult to detect by virtue of anatomy. In addition, most symptoms are too vague, Garcia-Moreno noted. Most have to do with abdominal discomfort, which everyone experiences at some point and can mean anything, he noted. These are the early signs of ovarian cancer. 
Treatment options have been “revolutionized,” he said. While a few decades ago surgery and chemotherapy were the main kinds of medical care cancer patients got, now they have many more options -- from immunotherapy and targeted drugs to hormone therapy and radiation therapies. 
There will be nearly 1.8 million new cancer diagnoses and 606,900 cancer deaths in the United States in 2019, according to the American Cancer Society. Nationwide, women are slightly more likely than men to be diagnosed with cancer partially because women can develop five different common types of cancer than men cannot, while men can only develop three different types of cancer that women cannot -- here are the most common types of cancer in men and women.

Despite significant strides in detection and treatment, cancer remains a scary word. It's certainly scarier than hearing you have a chronic condition. But the truth is that the potentially deadly disease, in many cases, can often be put in the same category as other manageable illnesses and chronic conditions such as hypertension and diabetes. “We see more and more cases in which the disease doesn’t lead to the demise of the patient,” said Dr. Fransisco Garcia-Moreno, Chief of Oncology and Hematology at ProHEALTH in Lake Sussex, New York. 

An increasing number of people are surviving within five years of being diagnosed with almost all major types of cancer, according to the latest data provided by the American Cancer Society. But the improvement has been uneven across the different types of cancer. Some forms of the illness have survival rates that have more than quadrupled since the late 1970s, while others have seen little progress. 

The higher survival rates are largely due to several factors, including early detection and better treatment. Early detection, especially in the case of prostate cancer, is a “fundamental reason why more people survive it,” Garcia-Moreno said. “You can now detect prostate cancer with a blood test.” 

Many cancers are still very difficult to detect early because of their location, symptoms manifesting late, and when they do, the symptoms tend to be vague, Garcia-Moreon explained. Pancreatic cancer, for example, is deep within the abdominal cavity, he noted. “By the time symptoms occur, it’s so advanced, it can’t be removed surgically.” Ovarian cancer is another type that is difficult to detect because of anatomy. In addition, most symptoms are too vague, Garcia-Moreno noted. Most have to do with abdominal discomfort, which everyone experiences at some point and can mean anything, he noted. These are the early signs of ovarian cancer

Treatment options have been “revolutionized,” he said. While a few decades ago surgery and chemotherapy were the main kinds of medical care cancer patients got, now they have many more options -- from immunotherapy and targeted drugs to hormone therapy and radiation therapies. 

There will be nearly 1.8 million new cancer diagnoses and 606,900 cancer deaths in the United States in 2019, according to the American Cancer Society. Nationwide, women are slightly more likely than men to be diagnosed with cancer partially because women can develop five different common types of cancer that men cannot, while men can only develop three different types of cancer that women cannot -- here are the most common types of cancer in men and women.

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