11 lit­tle-known facts about can­cer

The Covington News - - HEALTH -

De­spite the preva­lence of can­cer, some in­for­ma­tion about this po­ten­tially deadly dis­ease is not widely known. The fol­low­ing are some facts about can­cer that may sur­prise you.

1. Can­cer is of­fi­cially known as “ma­lig­nant neo­plasm.”

2. Mar­ried peo­ple or those in steady re­la­tion­ships are more likely to sur­vive can­cer, which may be linked to cou­ples’ in­creased con­cern and aware­ness of each other’s con­di­tions and their push for can­cer screen­ings.

3. Re­searchers be­lieve that more than half of all can­cers and can­cer deaths are po­ten­tially pre­ventable.

4. Most can­cers de­velop through a com­bi­na­tion of en­vi­ron­men­tal fac­tors and hered­ity.

5. Ovar­ian can­cer, colon can­cer and lung can­cer are typ­i­cally asymp­to­matic un­til they spread else­where in the body. That is why rou­tine screen­ings for these dis­eases are so vi­tal.

6. Those who sleep fewer than six hours a night are more likely to de­velop colon can­cer than those who sleep more.

7. De­spite what is known about pro­tect­ing one­self from the sun, skin can­cer is still the most of­ten di­ag­nosed type of can­cer, and rates con­tinue to steadily in­crease.

8. The high­est rate of peo­ple di­ag­nosed with melanoma, the most deadly form of skin can­cer, are white men over the age of 50.

9. Men with a fam­ily his­tory of breast can­cer are at a higher risk for prostate can­cer.

10. The left breast is sta­tis­ti­cally more prone to de­vel­op­ing can­cer than the right breast. Un­for­tu­nately, doc­tors and sci­en­tists are un­sure why.

11. Women of Ashke­nazi Jewish de­scent are sig­nif­i­cantly more likely to carry breast can­cer genes than the gen­eral pop­u­la­tion.

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