Who Cancer Affects – Did you know that Cancer accounts for over a quarter of ALL the deaths per day?
That is approx. 28% of the population, with over 160k people dying of the disease each year.
In fact, 1 in 2 people in the UK will get cancer in their lifetime.
WHAT IS CANCER?
Cancer is when abnormal cells divide in an uncontrolled way.
Cancer starts when gene changes make one cell, or a few cells, begin to grow and multiply too much. This may cause a growth called a tumour. A primary tumour is the name for where a cancer starts.
Cancer can sometimes spread to other parts of the body – this is called a secondary tumour or a metastasis.
Cancer and its treatments can affect body systems, such as the blood circulation, lymphatic and immune systems, and the hormone system.
The good news is that more than half of those that get Cancer will recover, but sadly in some people, cancer can return.
Some cancers can’t be cured but treatment is often able to control them for some years. However, with the continued advancements in technology, and with your help, we aim to support and raise funds for those clever doctors and researchers, so they can eradicate this disease once and for all.
Think you may have a Cancer condition?
Seek Medical Advice from your GP as soon as possible – the earlier Cancer is diagnosed, the more chance there is of it being treated successfully.
CANCER TAKES MANY FORMS
There are more than 200 different types of cancer including: Bladder cancer, Bowel cancer, Brain and nerve cell tumours, Breast cancer, Cervical cancer, Kidney cancer, Leukaemia, Lung cancer, Lymphoma, Myeloma, Oesophageal cancer, Ovarian cancer, Pancreatic cancer, Prostate cancer, Rare cancers, Skin cancer and Womb cancer.
The disease does not discriminate, with people of ALL ages susceptible to the illness. However, the mortality rate for Cancer sufferers is higher among men than women.
Advancing age is the most important risk factor for cancer overall, and for many individual cancer types. According to the most recent statistical data from the US, the median age of a cancer diagnosis is 66 years. This means that half of cancer cases occur in people below this age.
For example, bone cancer is most frequently diagnosed among people under age 20, with more than 25% of cases occurring in this age group. And 10% of Leukaemia sufferers are diagnosed in children and adolescents under 20 years of age, whereas only 1% of cancer overall is diagnosed in that age group.
Some types of cancer, such as Neuroblastoma, are more common in children or adolescents than in adults.