Nov 05, 2012 - 4:12 pm
The information below on breast cancer was taken from an article that appeared in the latest AARP Magazine. I realize this pertains to breast cancer, but I think comparing these numbers with those that follow regarding anal cancer highlight the reason(s) that anal cancer is still in the shadows and not getting nearly the attention it should. Numbers seem to be everything.
290,170 Number of U.S. women who will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012
39,510 Number of U.S. women who will die of breast cancer in 2012
2,900,000 Number of breast cancer survivors in the United States
The information below was taken from the 2013 NCCN Treatment Guidelines for anal cancer. The numbers for anal cancer cases in 2011 (which were the most recent reported) are as follows:
5,820 New cases of anal cancer involving the anus, anal canal, or anorectum in the
2,140 Number of new cases in men
3,680 Number of new cases in women
2.1% Percentage of digestive system cancers that are anal cancer
770 Number of estimated deaths due to anal cancer
1.9 fold The approximate increase of anal cancer cases for men from 1973-1979 to 1994- 2000
1.5 fold The approximate increase of anal cancer cases for women from 1973-1979 to 1994- 2000
It's easy to see why breast cancer gets so much attention, aside from all the "pink" marketing. Over 39,000 deaths from that disease, as compared to 770 for anal cancer. We have a long way to go, folks.