Everyone seems to be caring more and more about their health as seen by the various health trends vamping up. Veganism is on the rise, exercising is becoming more regular, and health research is becoming more popular. However, cancer is something that continues to rise. Currently, there are 12.7 million people that discover they have cancer each year. Even worse, 7.6 million people die each year due to cancer.
Even though cancer hasn’t been cured, researchers have discovered a lot of information about cancer and the many ways to prevent it. It’s important to understand your demographic's likelihood for developing cancer and take the necessary actions to prevent it. Whether it’s simply adding another work out into your schedule or cutting out salty foods. Here’s a breakdown of cancer by the demographics.
Old age is one of the highest risk factors for developing cancer. According to the National Cancer Institute, half of cancer diagnosis take place in those that are over 66 years old. The average age of diagnosis is 61 years for breast cancer, 68 years for colorectal cancer, 70 years for lung cancer, and 66 years for prostate cancer. Obviously this doesn’t mean that young people can’t get cancer. Certain cancers, such as leukemia and neuroblastoma, are more susceptible to those under 20 years old. However, this age group only accounts for 1% of all cancer diagnosis.
Both genders are more susceptible to certain types of cancers. However, an alarming trend has shown that men are much more likely to die from cancer than women, this includes all types of cancer. To show you some figures, here’s a gender comparison of cancer deaths from 1977-2006.
- Cancer of the lip: 5.51 men died for every one woman
- Cancer of the larynx: 5.37 men died for every one woman
- Cancer of the hypopharynx: 4.47 men died for every one woman
- Cancer of the esophagus: 4.08 men died for every one woman
- Cancer of the bladder: 3.36 men died for every one woman
I’m sure the first thing that popped into your head for women is breast cancer, and you’re correct. Breast cancer is the leading cancer among women. In 2016, it is estimated that over 300,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. This shocking number converts into a 1 in 8 chance to develop breast cancer. The next high risk cancers for women is lung cancer (14% of cancer cases), colon cancer (10% of cancer cases), and uterine cancer (6% of cancer cases).
Ethnicity is also a factor that can make you more at risk for cancer. For example, white women are the number one group for being diagnosed with cancer, but black women have the highest cancer death rates. Women’s cancer diagnosis rates by the race are as follows: white women, black women, Hispanic women, Indian women, and finally Asian women. Men’s cancer diagnosis rates by the race are as follows: black men, white men, Hispanic men, Asian men, and Indian men.
It’s important to stay updated and understand where you fall within these statistics. Not everyone is a statistic, but simply understanding your risk factor is crucial to prevention. If you’re currently experiencing symptoms, contact your doctor immediately and set up an appointment to discuss your concerns.