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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Colon Cancer

Colon cancer quotes from Cancer.gov follow:

Cancer of the colon is a highly treatable and often curable disease when localized to the bowel. Surgery is the primary form of treatment and results in cure in approximately 50% of the patients. Recurrence following surgery is a major problem and is often the ultimate cause of death.
Incidence and Mortality
Note: Estimated new cases and deaths from colon cancer in the United States in 2014:[1]

  • New cases: 96,830 (colon cancer only).
  • Deaths: 50,310 (colon and rectal cancers combined).

Prognostic Factors
The prognosis of patients with colon cancer is clearly related to the following:
  • The degree of penetration of the tumor through the bowel wall.
  • The presence or absence of nodal involvement.
  • The presence or absence of distant metastases.

Source: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/colon/HealthProfessional

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Why Men Die First

Men die about five years earlier than women. There are several theories about why this happens. Currently, I'm rewriting my essay about why I believe men die first.