March is home to several cancer awareness events, including colorectal cancer, kidney cancer, and multiple myeloma. These cancers affect millions of Americans every year and are unique in their symptoms and treatment. Here are the cancer events in March and how medical imaging can help in diagnosis and treatment.
In 2020, an estimated 147,950 people in the United States were diagnosed with colorectal cancer.
Colorectal cancer is more common in men than women and it is also more common among African-Americans than people of other races. The median age of diagnosis in the United States is 67 years, and 78 percent of newly diagnosed patients are aged 55 and older.
If your doctor suspects that you could have colon cancer, they may recommend one or more tests and procedures, including:
- Using a scope to examine the inside of your colon (colonoscopy).
- Blood tests to check your overall health, such as kidney and liver function tests.
Treatment for colon cancer usually involves surgery to remove the cancer. Other treatments, such as radiation therapy and chemotherapy, might also be recommended.
Kidney cancer is among the most common cancers in the United States, with nearly 73,750 new diagnoses in 2019. Also known as renal cancer, kidney cancer is often treated with surgery to remove all or part of the affected organ. Some patients may be given chemotherapy or radiation therapy after surgery to destroy unseen cancer cells that may remain following the procedure.
Doctors may recommend that people with a high risk of the disease have imaging tests to confirm a diagnosis. For people with a family history of kidney cancer, CT scans or renal ultrasounds are sometimes used to search for early-stage kidney cancer.
Multiple myeloma is cancer that begins in plasma cells, a type of white blood cell important for a healthy immune system. Over time, myeloma cells collect in the bone marrow, forming tumors in many of the body’s bones. These tumors may keep the bone marrow from making enough healthy blood cells and weaken the bone.
While the causes of multiple myeloma are not fully understood, it is more common in older people, especially men, and African Americans. Some common symptoms include bone pain, weakness or fatigue, weight loss, frequent infections, and frequent urination.
To diagnose multiple myeloma, your doctor may prescribe blood and urine tests, or bone marrow biopsies. MRI, CT scans, and other types of medical imaging may also be suggested to look at suspicious areas that might be cancer, to learn how far cancer has spread, and to help determine if treatment is working.
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