September is a busy month for cancer awareness. Organizations promoting awareness of prostate , ovarian and blood cancers share the month. The University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center has created three websites to help the public learn more about these diseases and how they can be prevented.
- Prostate cancer is the most common major cancer diagnosed in men with more than 220,000 new cases each year; 79% of all of these cancers are discovered in local and regional stages. African-American men have higher incidence and at least double the mortality rate than men of other racial and ethnic groups. Learn more.
- Ovarian cancer was long thought to be a silent killer because it presented no symptoms at its earliest, most treatable stage. However, researchers have recently discovered a cluster of symptoms–including bloating, pelvic or abdominal pain, feeling full, and urinary problems–that may indicate the presence of cancer. Nearly 22,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year. Learn more.
- Leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma account for 9% of the 1.5 million new cancer cases each year. Treatment for these diseases–which affect the bone marrow, blood cells and lymphatic system–radically improved during the later part of the 20th century. However, as the recent lymphoma-related death of “Sparticus” star Andy Whitfield shows, more research is needed to develop better cures. Learn more.