Most medical students and residents have played this game of asking each other and themselves the question of – “If I have to have a cancer diagnosis, which one would I want?”
As morbid as it sounds, there are “good cancers” in other words, cancers that are easier to cure and survive, relatively speaking (especially when detected early on).
Most skin cancers, other than the dreaded melanoma, some thyroid cancers, blood cancers and certain breast, prostate, colon, renal cancers have high survival and “cure” rates (ie: living cancer free 5+ years). Even a rare type of stomach cancer can be highly survivable even when diagnosed at larger tumor sizes.
Of course, no one wants the diagnosis of cancer, but in reality, most of us will face this diagnosis (one widely used statistic is 1 of 3 adults get a cancer diagnosis).
It is highly reassuring to know that cancer these days is less likely to mean a death sentence after months of wasting away. The good news is that the death rate has declined for almost every cancer and the overall treatments are much better refined and less toxic.
Combine that fact with great comprehensive care, good family and friend support, a strong will and a deep faith and your odds improve even more of beating this dreaded disease.