Cancer has a huge impact on society, not only in the United States but all around the world. Medical News Today notes that one in two women and one in three men will develop cancer in their lifetime. After a diagnosis, your doctor will determine the stage of your cancer, which will help determine an overview of what to expect, as well as your best treatment options.
If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with cancer, it can be overwhelming. While you may have heard of the four stages of cancer, there is a lot more to know. Let’s dive into what staging is, how the four stages are defined, and what it means for you.
What Is Staging?
Staging is one of the first things your doctor will discuss with you after diagnosing cancer. Staging helps determine how far your cancer has progressed.
Furthermore, “staging helps provide a general prognosis based on others who have been at the same stage at their diagnosis,” says Healthline. This will help determine your outlook (or prognosis) and treatment options.