Though ever-new forms of diseases and ailments are affecting today’s women, one that is perhaps taking the greatest toll on the general health of American women is cancer. Due to a number of problems, the highest ratio of afflicting disease found in women is cancer in its various forms.
A survey carried out by the National Cancer Institute as of years 2001-2002 predicted that by the end of 2003, there would be an estimated 658,000 women diagnosed with cancer. Out of this huge figure, some 270,000 women will eventually die of the same disease.
The most common types of cancers prevalent today include cancer of the breasts; cervical cancer, ovarian cancer; endometrial cancer, colorectal cancer, lung and tobacco related cancers. This also includes AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) and its associated malignancies.
A comparison of the advancements in treatment and medications for cancer since the decade of 1990s reveals that statistics of cancer somewhat remained static, in particular for women patients.
However, today the situation is more than encouraging as both the treatment strategies have increased and the mortality rates too have been significantly brought down. With new modes of treatment, early diagnosis of cancer has become easy which leads to early treatment and helps in saving many precious lives.
Thus, the advancements in the modes of treatment and discoveries of other therapies, the role of vital institutions as the National Cancer Institute, the Office of Research on Women's Health and the National Institute of Health truly demand praise and respect. These institutes especially cater to the general health of women, particularly focusing on those suffering from various forms of cancer.