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Know the Warning Signs of Cancer, as Kirstie Alley Dies of the Disease

By Heather Newgen of ETNT Health | Slide 1 of 6: Kirstie Alley, star of Cheers and the Look Who's Talking franchise, has died of cancer at age 71. The American Cancer Society states, "The cancer death rate for men and women combined fell 32% from its peak in 1991 to 2019, the most recent year for which data were available." But the disease still remains the second leading cause of death in the United States. The ACS says, "A total of 1.9 million new cancer cases and 609,360 deaths from cancer are expected to occur in the US in 2022, which is about 1,670 deaths a day."Beating cancer is never a painless journey and there's still several types that are more challenging to recover from. "While no cancer is easy to beat, some are more difficult than others," Tomi Mitchell, a Board-Certified Family Physician with Holistic Wellness Strategies tells us. Although we don't yet know what kind of cancer claimed Alley, "pancreatic and ovarian cancer are two types that tend to be particularly aggressive and difficult to treat."Dr. Mitchell says, "In the case of pancreatic cancer, the tumor is often located deep within the abdomen, making it hard to reach with surgery or other treatments. Additionally, the pancreas is surrounded by vital organs, making it risky to remove the tumor without causing serious damage. Ovarian cancer is also difficult to treat due in part to its location. The ovaries are small and deep within the pelvis, making them hard to reach with surgery. Additionally, ovarian cancer often goes undetected until it spreads to other body parts. As a result, it may be too late for treatment to be effective by the time it is diagnosed. While there is no easy answer to beating these types of cancer, early detection and aggressive treatment are often essential for giving patients a fighting chance."Knowing how to spot the signs early on is life-saving and Eat This, Not That! Health spoke with experts who share what to know about cancer and symptoms to be aware of.  Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had COVID.

Know the Warning Signs of Cancer, as Kirstie Alley Dies of the Disease

Kirstie Alley, star of Cheers and the Look Who's Talking franchise, has died of cancer at age 71. The American Cancer Society states, "The cancer death rate for men and women combined fell 32% from its peak in 1991 to 2019, the most recent year for which data were available." But the disease still remains the second leading cause of death in the United States. The ACS says, "A total of 1.9 million new cancer cases and 609,360 deaths from cancer are expected to occur in the US in 2022, which is about 1,670 deaths a day."

Beating cancer is never a painless journey and there's still several types that are more challenging to recover from. "While no cancer is easy to beat, some are more difficult than others," Tomi Mitchell, a Board-Certified Family Physician with Holistic Wellness Strategies tells us. Although we don't yet know what kind of cancer claimed Alley, "pancreatic and ovarian cancer are two types that tend to be particularly aggressive and difficult to treat."

Dr. Mitchell says, "In the case of pancreatic cancer, the tumor is often located deep within the abdomen, making it hard to reach with surgery or other treatments. Additionally, the pancreas is surrounded by vital organs, making it risky to remove the tumor without causing serious damage. Ovarian cancer is also difficult to treat due in part to its location. The ovaries are small and deep within the pelvis, making them hard to reach with surgery. Additionally, ovarian cancer often goes undetected until it spreads to other body parts. As a result, it may be too late for treatment to be effective by the time it is diagnosed. While there is no easy answer to beating these types of cancer, early detection and aggressive treatment are often essential for giving patients a fighting chance."

Knowing how to spot the signs early on is life-saving and Eat This, Not That! Health spoke with experts who share what to know about cancer and symptoms to be aware of.  Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had COVID.

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