Medical research and innovation has succeeded in cutting down the risk and death toll posed by the life-threatening and deadly types of cancers. Statistics reveal that over the past few decades, the number of cancer-related deaths has declined by 23% and continues to decline as we speak.
Research reveals that certain types of cancers, including prostate, lung, breast and colorectal, have seen a steady decline, and their death tolls have also dropped over the years. There are several new ground-breaking screening and diagnosing techniques, and it is true that regular screening sessions have succeeded in saving countless lives, there are still certain horribly deadly types of cancers that medical science has failed to diagnose and cure successfully.
Here are the top 6 deadliest forms of cancers, along with survival rates, risk factors and symptoms:
1. Pancreatic cancer
Five-year survival rate: 7.2%
Lifetime risk: 1 in 65
Imagine your pancreas like a tiny, organ that looks a lot like a small finger, and is tucked right behind your stomach. It is responsible for aiding your digestive system, along with secreting certain essential hormones, primarily insulin, which is responsible for regulating and reducing blood sugar levels, along with the metabolism.
Most patients tend to develop pancreatic cancer due to a family history of this extremely common cancer disease. Statistics reveal that nearly 1 in 65 patients tend to be at risk of developing this life-threatening ailment, and its survival risk is around 7.2%.
Patients diagnosed with this ailment tend to live up to five years, and patients who have been diagnosed with liver cirrhosis, diabetes, and stomach ailments tend to have a greater risk of developing pancreatic cancer, which can strike anytime until the age of 71.
There are several innovative new tests that can help you spot and diagnose this disease in its earliest stages, however, this disease is notorious for being life-threatening for it is extremely difficult to detect unless it has started spreading and disrupting nearby organs.