Common Types of Cancer

Cancer is a disease when cells mutate, and then divide and create cancerous tissue that impacts vital organs. There are all kinds of cancer, and not all are the same; some are genetic, some can be prevented, and some target certain demographics. While there are certain things that can help prevent many cancers, such as quitting smoking, eating healthy, and exercising, each cancer has its own set of symptoms, risk factors and stage life cycle. Nearly 40% of Americans will get diagnosed with cancer at some point in their life. 

At MRI of Woodbridge, we use diagnostic imaging to help physicians detect cancer, evaluate the extent of disease, select the most pertinent treatments, if therapy is working, and detect any recurrent tumors.

Lung Cancer

There are actually various types of lung cancer. Obviously, lung cancer is mainly caused by external factors and is highly preventable. Just quitting smoking alone greatly reduces the risk.

Breast Cancer

About 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and about 1 in 1,000 men. Luckily, breast cancer can be detected fairly early on, especially through self-examination.

Prostate Cancer

About 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. However, 60% of patients with prostate cancer are over the age of 65. Age is the biggest risk factor for prostate cancer.

Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in men and women. It typically is diagnosed after the age of 50. Diagnostic imaging is usually used to see development and spreading of the cancer. 

Kidney Cancer

Unlike most other cancers, doctors can often diagnose kidney cancer fairly certainly based on imaging tests without doing a biopsy (removing a sample of the tumor to be looked at under a microscope). 

Skin Cancer

Though people with fair skin that burns easily are more at risk for developing skin cancer, everyone is at risk for skin cancer. Regardless of your skin tone, it’s important to take the necessary precautions to protect your skin.