One of the biggest medical challenges of our time is cancer. Doctors, nurses and other health care providers look for ways to treat cancer, but it is difficult to do so effectively. As a result cancer remains largely incurable. While cancer can be disappear, it comes back regularly, as the body’s own cells are invaded, perverted, and then grow rapidly, eventually resulting in death for many. However, there have been advancements made, and many health care education programs offer some of the best information and treatments out there. If you want to learn a little bit more about cancer, here are 17 infographics that can help.
Types of Cancer
Cancer comes in many different forms, affecting different parts of the body. Here are some infographics about the types of cancer affecting humans.
- The Types of Cancer: This infographic from Michael Babwahsingh offers a look at different types of cancer, and includes the 10 most common types of cancer. This infographic includes basic descriptions of the symptoms that accompany each type of cancer, as well as risk factors for getting the cancer. Also includes diagnosis and treatment information. A great resource for those who want to get a quick overview of the different types of cancer, and how they affect the body.
- Prostate Cancer: Learn more about prostate cancer with the help of this infographic. Includes information about the risk factors for prostate cancer, as well as information about what happens iwth prostate cancer, and the stats related to diagnosis and death. Also includes helpful information on the importance of early detection and treatment. You can see how much more likely you are to survive if you just go in. A great resource that can help encourage at risk men to talk to their doctors.
- Heavy Toll: Breaks down the different types of cancer, according to how common they are among women and men. Looks at the deadliness of each type of cancer, bringing different cancers into sharp focus. Includes the incidence of different types of cancer in men and women, and then includes information on how likely each is to result in death. Breaks it down so that you can see what you are at the greater risk for, depending on gender. An enlightening look at common tops of cancers, and the top killers.
- Smoking and Different Types of Cancer: This infographic describes different types of cancer and other diseases that can be attributed to smoking. As you might expect, lung cancer is on the list. However, smoking can also result in oral cancer, and can affect the brain. A very good graphic representation of what happens in the body when smoking is involved, check it out, and perhaps find inspiration to quit the habit in order to improve your health.
- Lung Cancer and Second Hand Smoke: You can be damaged by breathing in second hand smoke. This infographic offers some of the 4,000 toxic chemicals present in second hand smoke, and presents a compelling argument for avoiding it. Many of these chemicals, if inhaled regularly, can result in lung cancer and other dangerous diseases. So be careful of the air that you breathe, and consider quitting if you don’t want to adversely affect others’ health.
- Colon Cancer: The second leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. is colon cancer. You can learn more about the diagnosis of colon cancer, and how you are more likely to survive if the cancer is caught early. This infographic illustrates the stages at which colon cancer is diagnosed, and how many cases are caught at that stage.
Cancer Symptoms and Treatments
Learn about cancer symptoms and treatment, and what is being done to advance the study of cancer and how it works.
- Symptoms of Cancer Metastasis: Explore the common places in the body where cancer ends up in metastasis. Also includes the symptoms you can expect to experience if cancer progresses to a certain point. Includes a helpful guide that points to different parts of the anatomy and clearly labels the accompanying symptoms of spreading cancer, according to body system. A very visual guide to what is actually going on in the body as the cancer takes over.
- Asbestos and Lung Cancer: This infographic offers information on the symptoms of lung cancer caused by asbestos. This is an interesting look at what the lungs look like when being attached. Clearly shows how healthy lungs should looks, and then shows unhealthy lungs and points out the problems that they are encountering. This is a great look at the differences that you can see in your body when your lungs have been affected.
- Cell Division: This infographic illustrates cell division quite clearly. With normal cell division, it takes place relatively slowly. However, cancer cells divide quickly in order to spread the disease more widely. You can see how widely the cancer is spread, and it becomes clear rather quickly that the cancer cells can add up and take over the body. But, since the cancer cells are abnormal, they are harmful to the body. You can see how the whole thing starts when a single abnormal cell division takes place.
- Cancer Progression: Clearly see what happens as cancer progresses in the body. This infographic shows representations of healthy tissue, as groups of cells. You can see how the tissue looks natural on the left, with all normal cells. As the images progress, though, you can see how an increasing amount of abnormal cells causes problems, marring the look of the tissue. This is a very straightforward depiction of the damage that cancer cells can do to human tissue that was originally health.
- Targeting Cancer Cells: This infographic shows how breast cancer could be treated by targeting certain cancer cells. This infographic accompanies an article in Scientific American about the advances being made in the treatment of breast cancer. Explores the idea of gene therapy, and how it might work in order to slow — or even stop — the progression of cancer in the body. An interesting look at how tumors spread, and how certain methods might be employed in order to stop them.
- Drug Development: How much does it cost to develop drugs to treat cancer? The cost is rising, especially since clinical trials are needed. This infographic tackles the cost of clinical testing of new drugs. This includes drugs that are meant to help fight cancer.
Get the basic information about cancer, deaths and other statistics associated with cancer.
- When Cancer Happens: This infographic looks at when different types of cancer happen, according to age. This infographic makes it easy to quickly tell which types of cancer are most likely to strike at different ages. For example, among those under 20, the most common cancer is a type of leukemia, while prostate cancer is high in those over the age of 85. An interesting and enlightening that can help you ascertain when you are the highest risk for different cancers.
- Cancer Global Killer: Learn about cancer on a worldwide basis. An overview of the statistics related to death around the world, as well as the effects of different types of cancer on death. Looks at which types of cancer are more likely to affect men and women, depending on their gender. Also includes information on the mortality rates of different types of cancer, looking at statistics from around the world to put together a picture of how cancer affects the global population.
- Cancer Rate by Race: This interesting infographic offers a look at cancer rates according to race/ethnicity. Looks at the total incidence of cancer in different ethinic groups, including white, black, Asian/Pacific Islander, American Indian/Alaska Native, Hispanic. The highest rate of cancer is those that identify themselves as black, while the lowest incidence is in American Indian/Alaska Native. An interesting look at who is most affected by cancer.
- Height and Cancer: This interesting infographic connects height to certain diseases — two of them cancer. Indeed, this infographic indicates that prostate cancer increases as men go beyond the median height. For every two inches above the median height for women, there was an 11% increase in the chance of breast cancer. It appears that height might be a risk factor for some types of cancer. Other diseases that see a risk factor are heart disease and insulin resistance.
- Increase in the Costs of Chronic Disease: Cancer is considered a chronic disease, and its incidence is rising. This infographic shows that chronic diseases are on the rise in the U.S., and cancer is included in the number. As you can see, the percentage of the population that experiences a chronic disease, is rising.