I've modeled all cancer in my mind as vaguely similar to testicular cancer - one is likely to get it, but unlikely to die

Cancer is really cancers -- it's a class of diseases which are pretty diverse. Some are slow and rarely actually kill people (e.g. prostate cancer), some are fast and highly lethal.

I'm not sure if the data we care about is prevalence-of-cancer or prevalence-of-cancer-deaths.

I think we care about prevalence of cancer (morbidity) because the prevalence of cancer deaths (mortality) heavily depends on the progress in medicine and availability of medical services.

how much prevalence of cancer effects quality of life

My impression is that the answer is "a lot".

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by Gondolinian 1 min read15th Dec 2014309 comments


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