Cancer will attack over 173,000 of us this year. It does not discriminate. It has taken our brothers and sisters, our mothers and fathers, our children and friends. Here are some brief facts about the common cancers. In all cases testing is required for diagnosis.

Colorectal Cancer
May not cause any signs or symptoms in the early stages because the lower abdomen (stomach area) has lots of room for a tumour to grow. Symptoms often appear once the tumour causes bleeding or blocks the bowel.
Incidences: 22,500/year
Deaths: 9,100/year

Breast Cancer
Most often breast cancer is first noticed as a painless lump in the breast or armpit.  The lump can be discovered during a routine physical exam, self examination or screening mammogram.
Incidences: 23,389/year
Deaths: 5,350/year

Prostate Cancer
Signs and symptoms of prostate cancer can include a need to urinate often (especially at night); intense need to urinate; difficulty with starting or stopping the urine flow; weak decreased or interrupted urine stream; inability to urinate, burning or pain during urination, a sense of incompletely emptying the bladder; blood in urine or semen and painful ejaculation.
Incidences: 24,600/year
Deaths: 4,300/year

Lung Cancer
Often does not cause any symptoms in the early stages. As the cancer grows symptoms may include a cough that gets worse and won't go away; breathing problems such as shortness of breath or wheezing; constant chest pain, especially when you cough; a hoarse voice; frequent chest infections; fatigue; unexplained weight loss; loss of appetite.
Incidences: 24,100/year
Deaths: 20,600/year

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