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"What forms of cancer are curable?"
Are some forms worse than others or is it just a matter of when they're caught?
The answer to your question is yes, some forms of cancer are curable. Some are curable no matter when they are caught and some are only curable if they are caught at an early stage. I will try to give you a quick review. Some forms of cancer such as acute leukemia and some types of lymphoma can be curable with chemotherapy. Certain lymphomas such as Hodgkin's disease require radiation for a cure. Other common cancers such as colon cancer, pancreatic cancer, breast cancer, lung cancer, and prostate cancer are all curable, but only if they are caught in one of the first two stages (out of 4 total). In the first two stages of these cancers, there is no distant spread of the tumor. This makes the cancer removable with surgery. In the last two stages (stage 3 and 4), these types of cancers are tougher to cure because they have spread beyond the primary tumor. Other cancers such as melanoma and some types of lung cancer are almost never curable completely. Cancer screening and prevention is usually undertaken by your primary care physician. Depending on your age and sex, screening for cancers such as breast cancer, prostate cancer, or colon cancer are all routine. Good luck.
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