Cancer Facts & Resources

Learn more about cancer awareness, screening and treatments as well as the  support options, organizations  and health care providers available to cancer patients throughout Northwest Indiana.

Cancer Support Seminars

Join the Foundation For Molecular Medicine and St. Anthony’s Hospital for our onging series of cancer support seminars.

Types Of Cancer

Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is cancer that develops from breast tissue. Signs of breast cancer may include a lump in the breast, a change in breast shape, dimpling of the skin, fluid coming from the nipple, or a red scaly patch of skin. In those with distant spread of the disease, there may be bone pain, swollen lymph nodes, shortness of breath, or yellow skin.

Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer, also known as carcinoma of the prostate, is the development of cancer in the prostate, a gland in the male reproductive system. Most prostate cancers are slow growing; however, some grow relatively fast. The cancer cells may spread from the prostate to other parts of the body, particularly the bones and lymph nodes.[4] It may initially cause no symptoms. In later stages it can cause difficulty urinating, blood in the urine, or pain in the pelvis, back or when urinating.

Lung Cancer

Lung cancer, also known as carcinoma of the lung or pulmonary carcinoma, is a malignant lung tumor characterized by uncontrolled cell growth in tissues of the lung.  If left untreated, this growth can spread beyond the lung by process of metastasis into nearby tissue or other parts of the body.

Skin Cancer

Skin cancers are cancers that arise from the skin. They are due to the development of abnormal cells that have the ability to invade or spread to other parts of the body. There are three main types: basal cell cancer (BCC), squamous cell cancer (SCC) and melanoma.Greater than 90% of cases are caused by exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun.

Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal cancer (also known as colon cancer, rectal cancer or bowel cancer) is the development of cancer in the colon or rectum (parts of the large intestine). It is due to the abnormal growth of cells that have the ability to invade or spread to other parts of the body. Signs and symptoms may include blood in the stool, a change in bowel movements, weight loss, and feeling tired all the time.  Most colorectal cancers are due to lifestyle factors and increasing age, with only a small number of cases due to inherited genetic disorders

Thyroid Cancer

Three out of four cases of thyroid cancer occur in women. Perhaps surprisingly, it is the fastest-increasing cancer in both men and women. A lump in the neck is the most common symptom of thyroid cancer. An estimated 56,460 new cases of thyroid cancer were expected in 2012 in the U.S., as well as 1,780 deaths from the disease.

Cancer Statistics In Northwest Indiana

  • Breast Cancer in NWI 32%
  • Breast Cancer By Race (Caucasian) 25%
  • Breast Cancer By Race (African American) 38%
  • Breast Cancer By Race (Hispanic) 22%
  • Lung Cancer in NWi 21%
  • Lung Cancer – Ages 65+ 31%
  • Lung Cancer – Ages 50-65 16%
  • Lung Cancer – Ages 35-50 08%
  • Cancer Mortality 45%
  • Lung Cancer Motatlity 20%
  • Breast Cancer Mortality 52%
  • Prostate Cancer Mortality 11%
  • All Cancers – Age 0-21 04%
  • All Cancers Age 21-35 12%
  • All Cancers Age 36-55 27%
  • All Cancers Age 56+ 31%

Advances In Cancer Screening & Treatment

Keep up to date with the latest news, clinical trials, data and studies related to cancer treatment and prevention.

Ovarian suppression treatment may lower breast cancer incidents.

A clinical trial sponsored and supported by NCI showed that suppressing ovarian function reduced breast cancer recurrence in premenopausal women receiving the drug tamoxifen after surgery for early-stage breast cancer. The trial, SOFT (Suppression of Ovarian Function Trial), used either monthly injections of the drug triptorelin, surgical removal of both ovaries, or radiation of the ovaries as methods of ovarian suppression in women with hormone receptor-positive breast cancer.  [read more]

National Cancer Institute

Novel imaging technique improves prostate cancer detection

In 2014, prostate cancer was the leading cause of newly diagnosed cancers in men and the second leading cause of cancer death in men. Writing in the January 6, 2015 issue of the journal Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Disease, a team of scientists and physicians from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, with counterparts at University of California, Los Angeles, describe a novel imaging technique that measurably improves upon current prostate imaging — and may have significant implications for how patients with prostate cancer are ultimately treated.

UC San Diego - Science Daily

1.5 Million Cancer Deaths Avoided in 2 Decades

Annual statistics reporting from the American Cancer Society shows the death rate from cancer in the US has fallen 22% from its peak in 1991. This translates to more than 1.5 million deaths from cancer that were avoided. “Cancer Statistics, 2015,” published in the American Cancer Society’s journal CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, and its companion piece “Cancer Facts & Figures 2015,” estimates the numbers of new cancer cases and deaths expected in the US this year. The estimates are some of the most widely quoted cancer statistics in the world.  [read more]

American Cancer Society

Frequently Asked Questions

Is There A Cure For Cancer?

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Where Can I Get Screened For Cancer?

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How Can I Prevent Cancer?

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Should I Get A Genetic Test For Cancer?

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What Are My Treatment Options?

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