Cancer Rates Are On The Rise

Cancer Rates Are On The Rise

Cancer rates have increased over the years, surprisingly, it is not occurring to only the old people, but some cancers such as colon cancers are increasing at a younger age. The American Cancer Society predicts that by 2030, the cancer incidents will increase among youths between age 20 and 34 years by 90% for colon cancer and 124.2% for rectal cancer. It is expected to increase to 127.7% for colon cancer and 146% for rectal cancer for those aged 35 – 49 years.

Why are cancer rates on the rise?

Cancer diagnoses increase with age, and everyone is getting old

Older people are getting cancer more than the young, just like heart disease. Around 77% of the cancers are diagnosed in people over 55 years old, and the percentages are expected to double by 2060 implying that more old people, more cases of cancer. You should remember that many people are now living a decade longer than it was in the last century where a few were expected to live beyond the 50s. In the US, a report released by National Cancer Institute states that Americans have a life expectancy of average 79 years while the average age of cancer death being 73 years.

Increasing cases of obesity

In America, another reason for increased rates of cancer is obesity, and lack of proper diet, exercise, and weight control. A report by American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) in 2014 showed that obesity would overtake tobacco soon as the leading cause of cancer. Obesity is associated with breast, pancreatic and kidney among other types of cancers.

There is an increase in certain types of cancer

Even with the cancer awareness campaigns in the country, some cancer types have increased. This increase may be attributed to diseases such as:

Human papillomavirus (HPV) — According to the CDC, HPV consists of 40 mutations with 79 million of the Americans infected showing no outward symptoms. Some vaccines that can help prevent you from getting some of the HPV strains were approved by Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Cancers associated with this disease include the head and neck cancers, cancer at the back of the throat, anus, penis and cervix cancers.

Skin cancer — According to the CDC, although skin cancer is preventable, it continues to be the most common, increasing every year since 2001 despite the efforts to educate people about the risks factors such as inadequate sun protection. A report by the U.S. Surgeon General states that cosmetics used by many Americans increase the risk of cancer, while sunburn experienced by 33% of the Americans are at risk of getting cancer, with the most common skin cancer being the head, face, and neck skin cancers.

Paying for cancer-related medical bills

Cancer treatment is expensive; not every American can afford it, and for that reason, there are several ways that you can use to pay for cancer-related bills. They include:

Cancer rates are indisputably on the rise. Studying up on the factors that increase cancer risk can help keep yourself and family safe, but there is no guaranteed way to prevent cancer. In case you or a relative gets this disease, then you can use the above methods to settle the huge bills associated with its treatment.

 

Resources:

Colon Cancer Cases Rising Among Young Adults

Cancer Facts & Figures 2017

American Society of Clinical Oncology Position Statement on Obesity and Cancer

Cancer in the Elderly

The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Prevent Skin Cancer

Genital HPV Infection – CDC Fact Sheet