Welcome to the Cancer Chat Room
Online Support Community and Health Forums
HealthfulChat has created this webpage specifically for peer support for those individuals worldwide who have or are suffering from one of the many forms of cancer, or love someone who is. Here, you will find others who can empathize with the poisonous attack that your cure has inflicted on your body; the hope turning to hopelessness and back again many times, the fear, the uncertainty, the sheer determination and human strength that only someone dealing with cancer treatment can possibly begin to understand. HealthfulChat welcomes you to this cancer support community and we hope that you utilize our Cancer Chat Room, cancer forums, and our cancer social network to begin to offer and receive caring support from peers around the globe.
Unfortunately, cancer is the leading cause of death for all people, regardless of race, gender, socioeconomic class and age. In fact, according to medscape.com, "cases of cancer doubled globally between 1975 and 2000, will double again by 2020, and will nearly triple by 2030, says the report. There were an estimated 12 million new cancer diagnoses..." Some cancers are a direct effect of lifestyle choices such as smoking, tanning or chewing tobacco, but many cases seem to come from nowhere at all. Celebrities such as the late Dana Reeve, for example, were diagnosed with lung cancer after having never smoked cigarettes. Whatever the cause, however, no one deserves this life-altering possibly fatal disease, and everyone who has been sadly diagnosed with it deserves a caring and friendly support network; which is why HealthfulChat's cancer support society has been created.
In researching for this site, HealthfulChat turned to other websites such as, cancer.gov, "...one out of two men and women will be diagnosed with some form of cancer during their lifetime." There are more than 30 types of cancer possible today, the most commonly diagnosed being, "... lung (1.61 million, 12.7% of the total), breast (1.38 million, 10.9%)." The same website states that, "...by 2030, there will be almost 21.4 million new cases [of cancer] diagnosed annually..." Other types of cancer such as, thyroid, melanoma (skin cancer) ovarian, bladder and brain cancer are not as common, but are often just as severe and life-threatening. The bottom line is, cancer is a disease that knows no boundaries, can strike anyone at anytime, and is always to be taken seriously.
As so many of you already know, there is so much hope out there for survival. According to mayoclinic.com, "From 1995 -2001 the five year survival rate for bladder cancer was approximately 81.9 %." The same site offers that 57% of men who had been diagnosed with bladder cancer were living cancer-free five years later, and women with breast cancer have a five-year survival rate of, "86% and the 10 year survival rate is 76%." Seeking medical attention, vaccines such as HPV and having regular screenings have helped increase the survival rates, particularly involving cervical cancer, which has a 72% five-year survival rate and prostate cancer whose five-year survival rate is 100%.
In looking at the above information, you are obviously not isolated in your battle. Perhaps you are in remission now, and wish to offer your story of hope to someone who is in the thick of their own fight against this enemy. Perhaps you are looking for a supportive shoulder to lean on when you need it most. This cancer peer support society offers you not only a Cancer Chat Room, but cancer forums and a cancer social network where you can begin to meet, greet share and support with others.
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