In this inquiry blog am going to focus on types of cancer that are specific for women (such as breast, cervical and ovarian cancer) but I will also try to cover other types of cancer (pancreatic, colon, prostate, blood, bone , skin, etc). Cancer is the second largest cause of death in both men (24.4%) and women (22.1%)in the US, trailing closely behind deaths caused by heart diseases and is number one killer in some subcategories (for instance, cancer in a leading killer in Asian men). While heart diseases are mostly a consequence of unhealthy lifestyles (they are almost absent in poorer countries), cancer is a worldwide killer. Everyone I know, including myself, has a relative or a friend that lost a battle with cancer. I decided to call cancer the silent killer, because symptoms of cancer usually do not appear until it’s too late. In this blog, I hope to bring to the attention of the readers the most common types of cancer. I would especially like to focus on early detection and the latest breakthroughs in treating cancer. There are two recent inspirational videos that I would like to share with you. One is that of Angelina Jolie speaking about her double mastectomy (you are probably familiar with this one already) and the second one is about a high school student who discovered a cheap way to test for early stages of pancreatic, lung and ovarian cancers. (I really hope you will watch this one as it is one of the most empowering videos I have ever watched.) These are my two tesserae with which I am kicking off my research project.
Here are three articles that are relevant to my research that I will incorporate later in the project.
1) Ovarian Cyst. Ovarian cyst is a cyst that has a chance to develop into malignant tumor. Even though that does not happen often. The article discusses early detection, symptoms, tests and treatment of ovarian cancer.
2) U.S. Breast Cancer Statistics. Here we learn some statistics about breast cancer in the USA. About 1 in 8 U.S. women (just under 12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. In 2013, an estimated 232,340 new cases of invasive breast cancer were expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 64,640 new cases of non-invasive breast cancer.
3) Genetics and breast cancer. In this article we learn about genetic deviations that cause breast cancer and about choices that one can make to reduce the risk of developing the disease.
Call for response
1) Do you have a friend or family member that has cancer, died of cancer or has been cured from cancer?
2) Is cancer research underfunded?
5,529 people with an AIDS diagnosis died in 2010 in the USA. During 2014, the USA government will spend over $23.2billion for AIDS/HIV research and domestic treatment and additional $6.2 billion for global treatment. 580,350 people with cancer diagnosisdied in 2013 in the USA. In 2013, USA government budget for cancer research and treatment (government provided funding for National Cancer Institute) was $4.9 billion. Thus, about 100 times more people died from cancer than from AIDS/HIV but AIDS/HIV research/treatment received 5 times more money than cancer research/treatment. That means 500 times more money was spend on AIDS/HIV than on cancer per death.
Note: AIDS is not even on the list of 15 most common causes of death in the USA.