By Johanna Chelcun, PA-C
Did you know…
…that Hereditary Diffuse Gastric Cancer (HDGC) is an inherited cancer syndrome that leads to an increased risk for diffuse gastric cancer (67-83% risk by age 80) and lobular breast cancer (20-40% risk for women by age 80.)
…that the American Cancer Society estimated that one million people worldwide would be diagnosed with stomach cancer in the year 2007, and that 800,000 would die from the disease?
…that stomach cancer is the 4th most common malignancy in the world?
…that stomach cancer is the 2nd leading cause of cancer mortality worldwide?
…that more than 21,000 new cases of stomach cancer were estimated in the United States alone for the year 2009?
…that over 10,000 Americans are estimated to die from stomach cancer in 2009?
…that the estimated 5-year survival rate for stomach cancer is only 22%?
…that approximately 1 in 113 men and women will be diagnosed with stomach cancer in their lifetime?
…that the National Cancer Institute invested only $12.4 million to fund stomach cancer research in 2008?
…that only 0.26% of the National Cancer Institute’s 2008 budget was dedicated to stomach cancer?
…that stomach cancer received the least amount of NCI research dollars in 2008 when compared to all other cancers?
It just doesn’t seem to add up!
- 1.) American Cancer Society: Global Cancer Facts and Figures 2007. http://www.cancer.org/downloads/STT/Global_Facts_and_Figures_2007_rev2.pdf.
- 2.) National Cancer Institute: SEER Stat Fact Sheets. http://seer.cancer.gov/statfacts/html/stomach.html.
- 3.) National Cancer Institute: A Snapshot of Stomach (Gastric) Cancer. http://planning.cancer.gov/disease/Stomach-Snapshot.pdf.
- 4.) National Cancer Institute: Fiscal Year 2008 Fact Book. http://obf.cancer.gov/financial/attachments/08Factbk.pdf.
- 5.) U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Progress Review Groups: Report of the Stomach/Esophageal Cancers Progress Review Group. http://planning.cancer.gov/stomach/stomach_esophageal.pdf.