Cancer - Prognosis

"Lifetime risk" is the term used by cancer researchers to estimate the chance that a person will develop or die from cancer. In the United States, men have a 1 in 2 lifetime risk of developing cancer. For women, the risk is 1 in 3. African Americans have a higher lifetime risk than whites; they are also 30 percent more likely to die of cancer.

Most cancers can be cured if they are discovered and treated at an early stage. Prognosis depends on a number of factors, including the type of cancer, the stage at which it was detected, and how far it has already progressed. Personal factors, such as age, general health status, and treatment effectiveness also determine prognosis.

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