Cancer can affect everyone and anyone – it is one of the world’s most horrific ills. After actor Chadwick Boseman sadly passed away over the weekend to colon cancer, what types of gender-based cancers are there and what should you look out for?
On Friday, August, 28, the world paid an emotional tribute to Chadwick Boseman, most known as the Black Panther in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, who sadly passed away. He was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016 and died at the age of 43, after the cancer had progressed to stage IV. He had battled with the disease for four years, keeping it hidden while he filmed blockbusters and became an icon after his performance as the king of Wakanda in Black Panther and Avengers: Endgame.
It is important to understand that cancer can happen to anyone, because of a variety of factors. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), most deaths attributed to cancer globally are related to the lungs, colorectal, stomach, liver and breasts.
The latest reports available on Cambodia’s cancer cases, in 2018, indicated that the number of new cases reached 15,362, of which, 11,636 cases resulted in deaths.
The WHO explains that cancer is not one disease, but a large group of diseases. Once abnormal cells of tissue or organ begin to grow uncontrollably and have the possibility to metastasize.
Cancer Stages and Treatment
According to the American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC), an organization best known for defining and popularizing cancer staging standards, the stages of cancer and its spread within the body, are as below:
Gender-based Cancer in Cambodia
According to a 2018 cancer report issued by WHO, the top five most frequent cancers in Cambodia for the two sexes, among the 15,362 cancer cases include:
It is important to be aware of the aforementioned cancers – to be able to spot them at the earliest possible opportunity. You should get checked if you notice any irregularities, as an early diagnosis might be able to save your life.
What to Do If You or Someone You Know Suspects Cancer
There are some notable places to receive cancer diagnosis and treatment in Cambodia:
Calmette Hospital specializes in: breast cancer, GI cancer, gyneco cancer, genitourinary cancer, lung cancer, brain tumors, musculoskeletal cancer, leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma
Sihanouk Hospital Center of HOPE: breast and cervical cancer
For other major hospitals, please directly contact their administration.