The reality is you’re never too young to develop cancer. In fact, every year more than 60,000 Americans age 20-39 are diagnosed with cancer. Cancer is the fourth leading cause of death in this age group, following accidents, suicide, and homicide. It is the main cause for disease-related death among young women and second among young men.
Lung cancer is one of the deadliest cancers. Each year it kills more people than colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined. In 2015, there will be an estimated 1,658,370 new cancer cases diagnosed and 589,430 cancer deaths in the US.
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is a common cancer originating from the colon or rectum. In the United States it is the third most common type of cancer (excluding skin cancers) and is the second leading cause of cancer related deaths. For the year 2015, it is estimated that about 140,000 new cases of CRC will occur. Out of these new cases, approximately 50,000 will result in death. Although CRC is very common in the United States, it is also one of the most preventable cancers due to the fact that many screening modalities are available to detect it at an early stage.
The American Cancer Society recently released its 2015 Cancer Facts & Figures showing that new cases of the most common forms of cancer, including lung, colon, and prostate, are decreasing across the United States. Cancer prevention and treatment is better today than at any time in history, so it makes sense that increased awareness of these common cancers, combined with early screening and detection, is leading to a decreased number of cases.
Sports teams recognize the value of a deep roster—each player has different talents and, together, many parts form a competitive whole. In cancer care, a “deep roster” is equally important. Treating cancer is a complex process with many nuances that sometimes call for specialized knowledge.