The news is filled with stories about Ebola, breast cancer and Methicillin Resistant Staph Aureus (MRSA) gets a lot of press too. Would it surprise you to know that neither makes the list of the 10 deadliest diseases in the USA? Even more surprising, perhaps, is that several of the deadliest diseases, including the number one killer in the world, are at least partially preventable. It is right under are nose people but it doesn’t seem to be a topic of discussion in SCHOOL you when young, taught at that grade level for the child to comprehend. It is not even a standard topic in college to pass on health education which obviously our country needs based on the statistics of disease and Obesity alone which causes alot of the diseases after being obese for a long period of time which could have been prevented but for millions of people its not the priority over food. Why? It takes the intiative of the individual to want to make change in their life either drastically or gradually depending on how much to you need to lose. Supporting that cause helps one you and all the people around you; like you children and even significant other to family and friends. If we all made this a cause our health care system would end up being alot more affordable but we the society make it difficult with too many staying unhealthy. Wake up Americans take care of yourself to help yourself and all around you. Where a person lives, access to preventive care, and quality of healthcare all factor into their risk.
Surprisingly news is that we due to not regarding our health USA statistics show the following:
Of all the causes of death in the US, the leading top 10 causes account for nearly 75% of all deaths and the top 3 causes account for over 50% of all deaths in the country, with the main culprits remaining relatively consistent for at least the last five years.
The top leading 10 causes of death are:
- Heart disease
- Cancer (malignant neoplasms)
- Chronic lower respiratory disease
- Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases)
- Accidents (unintentional injuries)
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Diabetes (diabetes mellitus)
- Influenza and pneumonia
- Kidney disease (nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis)
- Suicide (intentional self-harm).
1.)Heart Disease shows:
- Deaths: 596,577
- Males: 308,398
- Females: 288,179
- Rate: 191.5
- Age-adjusted rate: 173.7
- Percentage of total deaths: 23.71%.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the US and also the leading cause of death worldwide. More than half of the deaths that occur as a result of heart disease are in men.
Coronary heart disease costs the US $108.9 billion each year and is the most common type of heart disease.3
Heart disease is a term used to describe several problems related to plaque buildup in the walls of the arteries. Ending line clogging up the vessels closing up the pipelines our blood is carried through (vessels) to give oxygen to our blood tissues with taking carbon dioxide to the lungs for more 02 when its used up by our cells who carry oxygen to our tissues (02 is the fuel for our body to stay alive).
As the plaque builds up, the arteries narrow, making it more difficult for blood to flow and creating a risk for heart attack or stroke due to ischemia (Lack of oxygen to the tissues. If its lack of 02 to the heart angina to an MI if its the brain a TIA-transient ischemic attack or worse a CVA-stroke). Remember, prevention=protection is the first step so you don’t get this problem at all. Ending line the better you take care of yourself the higher the odds you will not get this problem.
How can you take this step in PREVENTION;
Protecting the heart
Lowering blood pressure and cholesterol can significantly lower heart disease risk.
- Follow instructions on medication usage if your already on it
- Make sure diet is low in salt, fat, saturated fat and cholesterol and high in fresh fruits and vegetables
- It is recommended that exercise in the form of a brisk 10 minute walk takes place 3 times a day, 5 days a week
- Avoid excessive alcohol use
- Quit smoking
- All steps listed above if you follow has even caused patients to stop medications completely because the changes listed above caused the problem in high statistics with the individual having no heredity.
2: Cancer (malignant neoplasms)
- Deaths: 576,691
- Males: 302,231
- Females: 274,460
- Rate: 185.1
- Age-adjusted rate: 169.0
- Percentage of total deaths: 22.92%.
Cancer affects men and woman of all ages, races and ethnicities.5 The National Institutes of Health (NIH) estimate the total costs of cancer in 2009 were $216.6 billion: $86.6 billion for direct medical costs and $130.0 billion for indirect mortality costs.
Cancer is a group of diseases characterized by the uncontrolled growth and spread of abnormal cells. If the spread is not controlled, it can result in death.
In 2014, about 585,720 American are expected to die of cancer – almost 1,600 people per day.
Lung cancer accounts for more deaths than any other cancer in both men and women. Deaths from cancer of the trachea, bronchus and lung stand at 157,017 annually with this figure expected to rise to 159,260 in 2014.
Estimated cancer-related deaths for 2014
Leading causes of death from cancer for males:
- Lung and bronchus – 86,930 (28%)
- Prostate – 29,480 (10%)
- Colon and rectum – 26,270 (8%)
- Pancreas – 20,170 (7%)
- Liver and intrahepatic bile duct – 15,870 (5%)
- Leukemia – 14,040 (5%)
- Esophagus – 12,450 (4%)
- Urinary bladder – 11,170 (4%)
- Non-Hodgkin lymphoma – 10,470 (3%)
- Kidney and renal pelvis – 8,900 (3%).
Leading causes of death from cancer for females:
- Lung and bronchus – 72,330 (26%)
- Breast – 40,000 (15%)
- Colon and rectum – 24,040 (9%)
- Pancreas – 19,420 (7%)
- Ovary – 14,270 (5%)
- Leukemia – 10,050 (4%)
- Uterine corpus – 8,590 (3%)
- Non-Hodgkin lymphoma – 8,520 (3%)
- Liver and intrahepatic bile duct – 7,130 (3%)
- Brain and other nervous system – 6,230 (2%).
Can cancer be prevented?
A substantial proportion of cancers could be prevented. All cancers caused by cigarette smoking and heavy use of alcohol could be prevented completely. In 2014, almost 176,000 of the estimated 585,720 deaths will be caused by tobacco use.
The World Cancer Research Fund has estimated that up to one-third of cancer cases that occur in economically developed countries like the US are related to being overweight, obese, inactive or having poor nutrition. These are all potentially preventable.
Particular cancers are related to infectious agents such as human papillomavirus (HPV), hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV), human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) – these may be prevented through behavioral changes and use of protective vaccinations or antibiotic treatments.
Many of the more than 3 million skin cancer cases that are diagnosed annually could be prevented by protecting skin from excessive sun exposure and avoiding indoor tanning.
Screening offers the ability for secondary prevention by detecting cancer early, before symptoms appear. Early detection usually results in less extensive treatment and better outcomes.
Screening for colorectal and cervical cancers can prevent cancer by allowing for detection and removal of pre-cancerous lesions.
Awareness about changes in the body to breasts, skin or testicles may result in detection of tumors at an earlier stage.
Learn more about cancer at the American Cancer Society or Caner treatment.com with so many other places on the internet to our library to our MD and more.