Over the years, the number of cancer patients has continued to grow at an alarming rate with an estimated 1 million people getting cancer on a yearly basis in the US. Cancer occurs when the altered cells in the body begin to divide uncontrollably, thereby forming lumps or masses of tissues around the body. Experts call these lumps tumors. When people have these tumors, they can be said to have cancer. There are more than 100 kinds of cancer with the most popular ones being skin cancer, breast cancer, and lung cancer.
A lot of people suffer from cancer due to inadequate awareness on the causes of cancer and how they can be prevented. Some others die from cancer due to deficient knowledge on how to detect cancer early so as to begin treatment at once. Unfortunately, there are myriads of information out there on different topics relating to cancer. These can be found on websites, blog sites, pdf files and other online materials. Here is a list of websites where information on cancer can be gotten:
American Cancer Society (ACS): The American Cancer Society is a tax-exempt organization that is dedicated in their fight to eliminate cancer. For over hundreds of years, this society has been relentless in its efforts to save lives by kicking out cancer all over the world. They run and maintain this website which is regularly updated with necessary information about cancer so as to create more awareness on this disease amongst individuals. Under the “learn about cancer” tab, a lot of articles and resources on cancer have been made available for public use. The website also has a tab where individuals can donate funds to help cancer patients directly or indirectly. These donations are equally accounted for under the financials section of the website.
National Cancer Institute (NCI): The National Cancer Institute prides itself as a leader in carrying out research on cancer. This institute was established in 1937 by the passing of the National Cancer Act of 1937. The website of the NCI contains a lot of helpful resources for caregivers, patients, health professionals, care givers, researchers and international partners. Also, a section of this website discusses cancer in details, including the prognosis, available treatments, and clinical trials as well as how cancer patients can cope with the ailment. Another section of this website lists the different kinds of cancer and discusses a number of them in detail.
Cancer Research UK: This is a registered charity in Wales, England and Scotland. Their website is updated regularly and has a lot of resources on cancer. On one section titled “About Cancer”, cancer is discussed in details. Some of the resources found here are articles on the different kinds of cancer, cancer in general and identifiable symptoms. Also, the causes of cancer and how cancer patients can cope with cancer is also discussed here. Another section on this website provides an option for members of the public to make donations that would support the eradication of cancer.
American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO): The website of the American Society of Clinical Oncology is cancer.net and provides members of the general public with information on cancer. Supported by the Conquer Cancer Foundation, this website furnishes individuals with expertise and different resources related to cancer. With this information, cancer patients and families of these patients can make informed health decisions. Some of the resources on this website include detailed information on more than 120 various kinds of cancer and the syndromes related to cancer. It also provides helpful information on how individuals can cope with cancer and tips for cancer patient.
Cancer Research Institute (CRI): The Cancer Research Institute is one of the world’s leading nonprofit organization for research on cancer. With a view of conquering cancer, the CRI has dedicated its research to finding ways to harness the body’s immune system to fight off cancer. Their research has yielded positive results as a new class of cancer treatments known as cancer immunotherapy has been birthed. The website of the CRI provides regularly updated information on cancer immunotherapy and clinical trials.
Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA): This is the website of the Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA). At CTCA, there are various articles on cancer, including different types of cancer, their symptoms, and how they can be treated. Cancer patients are provided with information on genomic testing, which is purported to be the future of cancer treatment. The website of CTCA also provides information on hospitals in different states where individuals can go for cancer treatment.
CancerCare: Founded in 1944, CancerCare is a leading national organization against cancer. To help cancer patients and other individuals manage the financial and emotional challenges that come with cancer, CancerCare provides free information, services and professional support to them. CancerCare’s website is updated with a plethora of help topics associated with cancer. Apart from these, CancerCare also offers consultations and certain levels of financial assistance to individuals suffering from cancer.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Under the CDC, is a division known as the Division of Cancer Prevention and Control (DCPC). It equally has its resources under the CDC’s website. Here, the common questions on cancer are answered. Tips on how to prevent cancer are also published. Different kinds of cancer available are discussed at CDE. The CDC equally makes regular updates about cancer research on its website.
International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC): The IARC is the World Health Organization (WHO) specialized cancer agency. Promoting international collaboration in Cancer Research is one of the objectives of the IARC. Its website is updated regularly with self-help topics, news and stories concerning cancer all over the world.
Cancer has continued to kill more people due to the limited knowledge on its causes and symptoms and how they can be avoided. The above websites contain several help resources on cancer for both patients and families of cancer patient. And any information on these websites can be accessed for free. Why don’t you just visit their websites to know more about cancerous disease? After all, no knowledge is useless.
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