Cancer is ‘not beyond us’
Wednesday, 04 February is World Cancer Day; a day to raise awareness and hope among the nation.
FILE PICTURE: First Lady Thobeka Zuma commemorates World Cancer Day at Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital in Johannesburg, Wednesday, 4 February 2015.Picture: Department of Communications (DoC)/SAPA
Put on your pink and kiss that cancer goodbye. This year, it is under the tagline ‘Not beyond us’.
According to Health Guidance here is a list of the top 5 deadliest cancers:
1. Lung Cancer
Lung cancer accounts for 28.3% of all cancer related deaths putting it as the number one killer cancer. Worldwide it is responsible for nearly 1.5 million deaths a year. It is of course characterized by cell growth in the lung tissues and the nearby tissue eventually. These forms of cancer are carcinomas which come from the epithelial cells.
2. Colon Cancer
Colon cancer is colorectal cancer which takes place in the colon – the last part of the digestive system which is responsible for extracting water and salt from waste before elimination. Growths confined to the colon will usually be diagnosed through a colonoscopy and are often treatable.
3. Breast Cancer
Breast cancer is a cancer with a lot of publicity and it is responsible for 7.4% of cancer related deaths. Of course this cancer affects the tissue of the breasts and is actually able to affect both men and women, though it is more likely to affect women. Most commonly the cancer will originate in the inner lining of the milk ducts or alternatively the lobules which supply those ducts with milk.
4. Pancreatic Cancer
Pancreatic cancer is the fourth most common cause of cancer death in the US and across the rest of the world and accounts for 6% of such deaths. The condition has a poor prognosis when compared to other cancers at all stages and only 6% of cases survive past five years.
5. Prostate Cancer
Prostate cancer causes 5.1% of cancer deaths and is of course cancer which develops in the prostate tissue. The prostate is the gland in the male reproductive system which secretes and stores alkaline fluid which is milky and white in appearance and gives semen its color and texture while also helping to expel it during ejaculation.
Former president Nelson Mandela suffered from Prostate cancer.
This is what Twitter had to say about World Cancer Day:
— Macmillan Cancer Support (@macmillancancer) February 4, 2015
— Social South Africa (@SocialSA_) February 4, 2015
— Breast Cancer Now (@BreastCancerNow) February 4, 2015
— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) February 4, 2015
For more information, go to the official CANSA site.