Cancer is the second most common cause of death in the United State of America, accounting for nearly 1 in 4 deaths. While anyone can develop cancer at any time in their lives, the risk of being diagnosed with the disease increases with age. Roughly 77% of all cancers are diagnosed in adults 55 years of age and older.
Explore the articles below to learn more about some of the most common types of cancer that affect the elderly.
If you or someone you love is battling bladder cancer, the journey may seem daunting. Take time now to educate yourself about the illness, acquaint yourself with the symptoms, discover the latest treatment options and find the support you need.
Prostate cancer typically grows slowly and occurs mainly in older men. Nearly two thirds are diagnosed in men aged 65 or older and it is rare before age 40. The average age at the time of diagnosis is about 67.
Melanoma is a serious form of cancer and is best treated when detected early. Take time now to educate yourself about the disease, learn how you can prevent it and discover the latest in treatment options.
Leukemia is a type of cancer that affects blood-forming cells within bone marrow. These abnormal cells hinder the way the marrow produces blood cells, causing an influx of immature blood-cells that can no longer carry out their normal jobs.
Kidney cancer affects 55,000 people in the United States each year. It is more common in men than women and is considered most prevalent in the elderly.
Endometrial cancer is the most common reproductive organ cancer affecting women in the United States. With an estimated 47,130 new cases of endometrial cancer in the next year, it is clear that this disease is affecting a large number of women today.
Colon & Rectal Cancer
Excluding skin cancers, the American Cancer Society suggests that colorectal cancer is the third most common form of cancer in the United States. Their studies show that in 2012 alone there was an estimated 103,170 new cases of colon cancer.
Cancer in the Elderly
Cancer is common among the elderly. As the population ages, seniors are at greater risk for getting the disease even if they don’t have a family history.
Cancer Facts for People Over 50
Cancer affects both men and women of all ages: according to estimates by the American Cancer Society, approximately 1,660,290 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in 2013 and about 14 million people with a history of cancer (who either now have cancer or are in remission) are currently alive in the United States.