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The 10 Major Cancers in Women

The 10 most frequently diagnosed cancers in women in the United States in 2006 (latest year for which statistics are available) were breast, lung, colon and rectum, uterus and thyroid, non-Hodgkin lymphoma; cutaneous melanoma and cancers of the ovary, kidney and pancreas.

Fortunately, screening and HPV vaccine can help prevent some of these cancers. It is therefore important to be aware of any changes in your body, which cling to the habit of regular medical check-fulfillment that all women need.

Through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) were released the following information and statistics on cancer in women:

Breast cancer
The breast cancer is by far the cancer most frequently diagnosed in women . In 2006, 191.410 women were diagnosed with breast cancer and 40.820 died from the disease in the United States. Also in 2006, breast cancer was diagnosed at 120.4 per 100,000 white women, followed by 113.2 African American, Hispanic † 89.0, 80.3 Asian or Pacific Islander and 61.0 American Indian or Alaska Native.

>> The mammograms are the best way to detect breast cancer early, before it can be felt, and when it is easier to treat.

Lung Cancer

This is the cancer causes more deaths in women . In 2006, 90.080 women were diagnosed with lung cancer and 69.356 died from the disease in the United States. Also in 2006, lung cancer was diagnosed in 56.7 of every 100,000 white women, black women, followed by 49.8, 36.9 American Indian or Alaska Native, 27.2 Asian or Pacific Islander Hispanic and 25.5.

>> The most important thing you can do to prevent lung cancer is to not start smoking or if you smoke, quit. Tips for quitting

Colorectal (colon)
This is the third most common cancer in women . It affects men and women of all racial and ethnic groups, being more common in people 50 years or more. In 2006, 68.857 women were diagnosed with colorectal cancer and 26.395 died from the disease in the United States. Also in 2006, colorectal cancer was diagnosed in 49.2 of every 100,000 black women, white women 39.9, 33.2 † Hispanic, 31.7 Asian or Pacific Islander and 26.7 American Indian or Alaska Native.

>> Colorectal cancer deaths could be reduced by 60% if all people 50 years or more were screened regularly.

Gynecologic Cancers
These originate in the cervix , ovaries, uterus, vagina or, less often in the fallopian tubes. In 2006, 76.515 women were diagnosed with gynecologic cancers and 27.848 died from these diseases in the United States. Also in 2006, the gynecological cancers were diagnosed in 48.3 of every 100,000 white women, followed by 44.5 Hispanic, 43.4 African American women, 33.5 Asian or Pacific Islander and 31.9 American Indian or Alaska Native.

>> The tests Pap can find abnormal cells can turn into cervical cancer and also detect cervical cancer early, when there is a high probability of cure. The vaccine against human papillomavirus (HPV) , which can be administered to girls and women 9 to 26 years, protects against HPV types that cause most common cancers of the cervix, vagina and vulva.

 

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