If you're like most women, you've heard a lot about detecting and treating breast cancer. After all, it is the most common cancer in women.But did you realize that lung cancer kills more women than breast cancer? Or did you know that skin cancer is on the rise, but is highly preventable? And still, there are even more types of cancer that are common in women. So, let's talk about the Big C; let's talk about cancer.
Breast Cancer in Women
Statistics show that 1 in 8 women will get breast cancer in their lifetime. Breast cancer is the most talked about, most publicized, and most well known. Yet, breast cancer is one of the most manageable types of cancer in women with 95 percent of early-detected breast cancer resulting in remission. So let's treat it and beat! Or better yet, let's avoid it through preventative breast cancer screenings.
Lung Cancer in Women
Lung cancer used to be considered a man's disease, but it is becoming increasingly common in women. Smoking causes most lung cancers, but even non-smokers can get it. In fact, more women die each year from lung cancer than any other type. You can reduce your risks of lung cancer significantly by avoiding the use of tobacco products. We know you hear it all the time, but if you're a smoker, please stop smoking. Your lungs will love you for it.
Colon Cancer in Women
Another common type of cancer in women is colon cancer. Colorectal cancer or colon cancer, as it's more commonly known, starts in the colon or rectum. Throughout your life, polyps in your colon or rectum can become cancerous. Most colon cancers develop slowly, over time, so early screening can help doctors find it when it is at its most treatable stage. Living a healthy lifestyle can also help prevent it altogether. So, go ahead and eat more broccoli!,/p>
Endometrial Cancer in Women
Cancer can also affect a woman's uterus. This type of cancer is called endometrial cancer. Most of these cancers happen after a woman has gone through menopause. Much like colon cancer, endometrial cancer grows slowly, so getting a regular check-up from your gynecologist can help with detection before the disease spreads very far. Being healthy, eating well, and watching your weight may help you lower your risk for endometrial cancer. In other words, try eating a bowl of oatmeal instead of that bacon, egg, and cheese biscuit for breakfast.
Skin Cancer in Women
And last, but certainly not least, is skin cancer. There of several types of skin cancer, the most common of which is called basal cell carcinoma. It originates from the lowest level of the epidermis. The other types of skin cancer are squamous cell cancer, which originates from the middle layer of skin, and melanoma, which is caused by the pigment-producing cells in the body. For the most part, skin cancer is preventable. Please, step away from the tanning bed, smother yourself in sun block, and love the skin you're in.
At EIRMC, we want you to enjoy long, happy, and cancer-free lives. Come visit our Idaho Falls hospital for cancer screenings or to discuss any questions or concerns you have in regards to your health. Let's kick cancer to the curb!