Top Ten Cancer Types Diagnosed in U.S. Women

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6. Skin Melanomas

Skin Melanomas

When malignant cells form in the melanocytes or the skin cells, melanoma is said to occur. Melanocytes can be found in the entire lower part of the epidermis. They produce melanin which gives skin its pigment or color.

 

7. Thyroid Cancer

Thyroid Cancer

The most common thyroid cancer types are follicular and papillary which are very curable. If treated correctly, both papillary and follicular cancers have a more than 97% cure rate in young people. In the case of both papillary and follicular cancers, there is complete removal of the lobe of the thyroid where the cancer originates along with the removal of most or all of the other side.

 

8. Ovarian Cancer

Ovarian Cancer

The ovary is the female reproductive organ located in the pelvis. Its primary function is to store eggs and produce female hormones. Women have two ovaries, one on each side of the uterus. Ovarian tumors can be non-cancerous tissue growths or cancerous in nature which can spread to other parts of the body.

 

9. Renal Cancer

Renal Cancer

When malignant cells form in the tubules of the kidneys, renal cell cancer is said to develop. Renal cell cancer is also called renal adenocarcinoma. Humans have 2 kidneys, one on each side of the backbone. The tiny tubules have the responsibility of cleaning and filtering the blood and eliminating the waste products through urine formation.

 

10. Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatic cancer is a disease in which malignant cells form in the pancreatic tissues. The pancreas is a gland about 6 inches long lying behind the stomach in front of the spine. It looks like a thin pear. Pancreatic cancer is sometimes called a “silent killer” because early pancreatic cancer is accompanied by lack of symptoms and the symptoms that appear later are varied and non-specific.

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