Cancer comes in many forms and it is fast becoming a major killer in our society. Practically everyone in Providence knows someone who has had cancer or died from it. When it comes to cancer, the earlier it is detected and the patient starts receiving treatment for it, the higher the survival rate is. Yet patients are often victims of cancer misdiagnosis, which can greatly impact their chance of beating the disease. For these victims, often the delay in the diagnosis of cancer is a death sentence because by the time the mistake is discovered, they are in the final stage and no treatment can save them.
One of the most deadly forms of cancer is lung cancer and it can happen to anyone in Providence, whether they are a smoker, around smoke, or live in a smoke-free environment. The one bright consolation is that if it is detected early, there is a chance to successfully treat the disease.
Approximately 8,000 American men are diagnosed with prostate cancer in advanced stages every year, according to TIME Magazine. Many of these men may have been spared such grim news, had their not been a delayed diagnosis of prostate cancer by their healthcare providers. And yet, government regulators and physicians alike are arguing over whether extensive screening can help bring these startling numbers down significantly.
Back in 2005, a 22-year-old Rhode Island college student was working out when she discovered an unusual golf ball-sized lump near her groin. At first, she thought it might have been a sports injury. But, when the lump hadn't disappeared a month later, she became worried and went to the doctor.
As breast cancer awareness month comes to a close, the 19th annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk was a Sunday success, despite the snowy start. 14,000 walkers were expected and organizers hoped to raise $900,000 at the Providence event to support breast cancer research by the American Cancer Society.
As with many forms of cancer, early detection of ovarian cancer is key to successful treatment. Unfortunately for women with ovarian cancer, it's not uncommon for symptoms to be dismissed as related to a non-life-threatening condition, delaying diagnosis and treatment. That is one of the main reasons why ovarian cancer is so deadly. Statistics show that two out of every three women eventually diagnosed with ovarian cancer will die from the disease.