Cancer – many of us shudder when we hear the word. It’s the diagnosis you don’t want to receive when you have a health problem, and the latest cancer statistics are frightening indeed. According to the National Cancer Institute, in 2018, an estimated 1,735,350 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in the United States and 609,640 people will die from the disease.
Despite the scary statistics and notoriety of the disease, numerous advancements have been made in the field of oncology in recent years. Moreover, research is ongoing. In other words, cancer is no longer a death sentence in many cases, and healthcare professionals are getting better at detecting, treating, and preventing deadly cancers.
Here are 30 reassuring things you should know about cancer…
Genetic Testing Can Save Your Life
If you have cancer and your doctor hasn’t recommended genetic testing, then go ahead and ask to have it done. This can literally be a lifesaver, especially if there’s a family history of the disease.
Some people have an increased risk of cancers because they have an inherited gene fault or mutation. By identifying the mutation, patients can get the right treatment while the cancer is easier to treat.