Cancer affects more than 1.7 million people in the US today. More than 15.5 million Americans will be living beyond cancer. The American Cancer Society reports a majority of cancer survivors (67%) were diagnosed 5 or more years ago, and 17% were diagnosed 20 or more years ago. Prostate, breast and colorectal cancers are the most common diagnoses among survivors. The increase in survival rates over the last 5 years can be attributed to early detection methods for cancer screening, and advancements in identifying new targeted cancer therapies. As cancer detection and treatment continue to improve on disease free survival, it is estimated that there will be 20.3 million survivors by 2026.
Arizona Oncology offers an integrated team-oriented approach to provide you with the best possible cancer care. We are eager to explain the facts about colorectal cancer and answer your questions every step along the way. Our team of dedicated, highly-trained physicians and staff is committed to providing the highest quality compassionate care to our patients. Colorectal cancer is the 3rd most common cancer to be diagnosed in the U.S. and the second leading cause of cancer death. Read this brief overview of some colorectal cancer risk factors, signs and symptoms of colorectal cancer and coloretal cancer screening.
One aspect of cancer treatment is clinical research. While it’s not the recommended treatment plan for all patients, clinical trials through the Arizona Oncology cancer research program bring new options for cancer treatment to patients who aren’t having success with other treatments or have a unique type of cancer that has a treatment option under investigation.
With a community based cancer research trial, patients don’t have to travel long distances to access these latest treatments being studied not only by oncologists in Phoenix, but across the country, to try to bring newer and better options to all patients.
One in seven men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, the most commonly diagnosed cancer in men excluding skin cancer. Men, aged 65 or older, have a family history of prostate cancer, a female relative with a BRCA positive breast cancer, or are African American, have a greater risk of being diagnosed. Though prostate cancer can be a serious and scary diagnosis, many men are not likely to die from prostate cancer.