Cancer is a deadly disease that claims the lives of around 10 million people per year, globally. That makes it the second most common cause of death in the world, after cardiovascular disease. Here is a look at some of the worst forms of cancer and what you should know about them.
- Colorectal Cancer: Colon cancer is caused by cancerous cells forming in the tissues of the colon. Rectal cancer grows in the large intestine. These two types of cancer are similar in how they develop and behave and are referred to collectively as colorectal cancer. Regular screenings performed by a physician for polyps in the colon or large intestine can help reduce the risk of colorectal cancer. Colon cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths and is expected to claim over 50,000 lives in 2021.
- Pancreatic Cancer: The pancreas is a gland located in the abdomen that produces enzymes that control blood sugar levels. Pancreatic cancer occurs when cancerous cells form in the tissue of the pancreas. Although pancreatic cancer only makes up about 7% of all cancer deaths, it can be extremely deadly. It can be difficult to diagnose early on because patients often don’t display symptoms until it’s too late and cancer has already spread.
- Leukemia: Leukemia is when cancer forms in the blood marrow and other blood-forming organs and produce immature or abnormal leukocytes that suppress the production of normal blood cells. Leukemia has a 5-year survival rate of 63.7%, however, over 23,000 people are expected to die of leukemia in 2021. Luckily there are effective treatments for leukemia, but it is a deadly disease that can pose serious threats to your health.
- Mesothelioma: Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that typically occurs in the lungs but can also be found in the abdomen and heart which is caused by the inhalation of asbestos fibers. Mesothelioma is fairly rare; however, it does impact about 20, 0000 people every year, and the life expectancy of a person who has been diagnosed with the disease is only about a year. Asbestos is a toxic substance that was once used as an industrial material common in homes and commercial spaces. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure, you are entitled to take action. To learn more about your rights and asbestos trust fund settlements, visit the Mesothelioma Cancer network.