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CANCER: 8 percent of survivors develop a second different malignancy

In this study of over 2 million adult cancer survivors, 8 percent were found to have later acquired a second, unrelated type of cancer.  Those patients who had bladder cancer or non-Hodgkin lymphoma originally were found to be more likely to have a second cancer, which was most often lung cancer.  An argument is made for more routine CT scans of the lungs of bladder cancer survivors as long-term follow-up.


[Interview with author]: Irwin, K. (2016, July 13). Nearly 1 in 12 patients with a common cancer develop a second, unrelated malignancy. UCLA Press Release.  Full text free here: http://newsroom.ucla.edu/releases/nearly-1-in-12-patients-with-a-common-cancer-develop-a-second-unrelated-malignancy

[The medical journal article]: Dorin, N., Filson, C., Drakaki, A., and others. (2016, June). Risk of second primary malignancies among cancer survivors in the United States, 1992 through 2008. Cancer.  Click here for access to publisher’s website: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/cncr.30164/abstract  Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

CANCER: Top 10 most frequently diagnosed types of cancer

For many years, the American Cancer Society has produced estimates of new cancer cases and cancer deaths for the nation and by state.  Here are some of the most current numbers.

Estimated New Cancer Cases, US 2016

  • 249,260 breast
  • 224,390 lung & bronchus
  • 180,890 prostate
  •   95,270 colon
  •   83,510 skin
  •   82,330 uterine (cervix plus corpus)
  •   81,080 lymphoma
  •   76,960 bladder
  •   64,300 thyroid
  •   62,700 kidney

Source: (2016) Cancer Facts & Figures 2016. Atlanta: American Cancer Society, Table 1.  Click here: http://www.cancer.org/acs/groups/content/@research/documents/document/acspc-047079.pdf   If you’d like to review trend data, older editions can be accessed here: http://www.cancer.org/research/cancerfactsstatistics/allcancerfactsfigures/index Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org