Diagnosis: Cancer

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"It's important to learn what your illness is and learn everything about it, as much as you can stand and handle learning. And learn about your options -- so many illnesses are treated so many different ways that we all have options in doctors and treatments. That's what I did. I tried to know the illness and know what my choices were."
--Lance Armstrong

Receiving a cancer diagnosis is frightening. We know from experience that not everyone will survive. But if we embrace the philosophy that each day is a gift, we become survivors, no matter how long our lives last.

Before you allow your imagination to run wild or jump to any conclusions, there are some facts about cancer that you should know:

You are not alone. More than one million Americans are diagnosed with cancer each year. One out of every three women and one out of every two men will be diagnosed in their lifetime.i

Approximately 8.4 million Americans (nearly one in 30) are cancer survivors. ii

Even in the past decade, the five-year
survival rate for all cancers combined
improved from 51% in the early 1980s
to almost 60 percent in the early 1990s.iii
The cancer death rate declined in the
1990s for the first time ever.iv

Two million women are breast cancer survivors.v Eighty-five percent of women diagnosed with breast cancer survive five years after diagnosis.vi

One million men are prostate cancer survivors.vii

There is a 95 percent survival rate for people diagnosed with stage I or II testicular cancer.viii

The five-year survival rate for leukemia has tripled in the last 38 years. In 1960, the survival rate was 14 percent.ix

The five-year survival rate for lymphoma patients has risen from 31 percent to 51 percent since 1960. In children, the five-year survival rate is now 73 percent.x

A winning strategy in any competition involves a solid knowledge of both your opponent and the playing field. Here is some basic information to help you understand what you are up against and what your treatment options might be.