Farrah Fawcett Passes Away after long battle with cancer
Posted Jun 26 2009 5:31pm
Not only did she have a battle with cancer but fought for her privacy too at UCLA. She fought back a few years ago only to have the cancer return. BD
Farrah Fawcett’s death today after a lengthy battle with anal cancer, which eventually spread to her liver, spotlights a rare type of the disease.
Anal cancer will strike an estimated 5,300 Americans and cause 710 deaths in 2009, according to the National Cancer Institute. One in 624 men and women will be diagnosed with cancer of the anus, anal canal, or anorectum during their life, which translates to a 0.16% lifetime risk of anal cancer.
It is distinct from — and much less common than — colorectal cancer. Nearly 150,000 Americans are expected to be diagnosed with colon or rectal cancer this year, and about 50,000 will die. One in 19 Americans will be diagnosed with colon or rectal cancer. The five-year survival rates for the two diseases are similar, however, at around 65%.