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Colon Cancer, Multiple Myeloma Cancer, and Kidney Cancer Awareness Month, March 1-31

Colon Cancer

Excluding skin cancer, colon cancer (also known as colorectal cancer) is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States. The American Cancer Society’s estimates for the number of colorectal cancer cases in the United States for 2018 are:

  • 97,220 new cases of colon cancer

  • 43,030 new cases of rectal cancer

Overall, the lifetime risk of developing colorectal cancer is: about 1 in 22 (4.49%) for men and 1 in 24 (4.15%) for women. This risk is slightly lower in women than in men. A number of other factors can also affect your risk of developing colorectal cancer. For more information on Colorectal Cancer Risk Factors, click HERE.

(Source: American Cancer Society)

Multiple Myeloma Cancer

Multiple myeloma cancer is a relatively uncommon cancer. Scientists still do not know exactly what causes most cases of multiple myeloma. However, they have made progress in understanding how certain changes in DNA can make plasma cells become cancerous.

The American Cancer Society’s estimates for multiple myeloma in the United States for 2018 are:

  • About 30,770 new cases will diagnosed (16,400 in men and 14,370 in women).

  • About 12,770 deaths are expected to occur (6,830 in men and 5,940 in women).

In the United States, the lifetime risk of getting multiple myeloma is 1 in 132 (0.76%). Important research into multiple myeloma is being done in university hospitals, medical centers, and other institutions around the world. Each year, scientists find out more about what causes the disease and how to improve treatment. For more information on Multiple Myeloma Research, click HERE.

(Source: American Cancer Society)

Kidney Cancer

For reasons that are not totally clear, the rate of new kidney cancers has been rising since the 1990s, although this seems to have leveled off in the past few years. Part of this rise was probably due to the use of newer imaging tests such as CT scan, which picked up some cancers that might never have been found otherwise. The death rates for these cancers have gone down slightly since the middle of the 1990s.

The American Cancer Society’s most recent estimates for kidney cancer in the United States are for 2018:

  • About 63,340 new cases of kidney cancer (42,680 in men and 22,660 in women) will occur.

  • About 14,970 people (10,010 men and 4,690 women) will die from this disease.

These numbers include all types of kidney and renal pelvis cancers.

Kidney cancer is among the 10 most common cancers in both men and women. Overall, the lifetime risk for developing kidney cancer in men is about 1 in 48. The lifetime risk for women is 1 in 83. A number of other factors also affect a person’s risk. For more information on risk factors of kidney cancer, click HERE.

(Sources: American Cancer Society)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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