Frequently Asked Questions

1. Which doctor should I consult for cancer in men?

An oncologist can help in the treatment and management of cancer in men.

2. Which is the most common type of cancer responsible for most cancer deaths in men and women?

World Health Organization lists lung cancer as the most common cause of cancer deaths among men and breast cancer as the most common cause of cancer death among women. Some of the developing countries list cervical cancer as the most common killing cancer among women.

Tobacco is known to cause about 22% of all cancer deaths worldwide and they comprise the single largest group of preventable cancer deaths.

3. Is prostate cancer always fatal?

Luckily, approximately 90% of all cancers are identified while they are still in local and regional stages.

Studies say that death rate due to prostate cancer is about 88 U.S men per day. Factors such as rate of growth, extent of the spread of cancer, age, overall health, affordability and response to radiation and chemotherapy also influence the survival chances of a man diagnosed with prostate cancer.

4. Can virus infection cause cancer?

Yes. Human Papilloma Virus and Hepatitis B virus are known to cause about 20% of all cancers reported worldwide. HPV infection can result in oropharyngeal, penile, vaginal and oral cancers. Hepatitis B virus infection can end up in liver cancer.

Vaccinations are available in most countries to prevent HPV and Hepatitis B infections and thus prevent cancer.

5. How many types of cancers are currently recognized?

Currently, there are more than 100 types of cancer that have been identified. The type of cancer depends on the part of the body affected, which organs contain the cancer cells and how they spread.

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