Six months into cancer treatment, former president Jimmy Carter is set to stop receiving cancer treatments. Carter’s health dramatically improved after undergoing various treatments against skin cancer.
It can be recalled that in August last year, Carter was diagnosed with melanoma, a type of skin cancer. At the time of his diagnosis, the cancer cells have already spread to parts brain. The cancer cells were initially detected on his liver, the CNN report shows.
After the diagnosis, the former president underwent series of treatment, which include surgery, radiotherapy, and new medications for cancer. Late last year, Carter’s doctors at the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University in Atlanta announced the news that his prognosis has improved.
The former president’s medical team decided to stop cancer medication, since Carter’s health has significantly improved and his doctors declared him cancer-free. Reports, however, show that Carter’s doctors indicated that treatment would resume if the need arises.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), skin cancer is the most common type of skin cancer in the U.S. The CDC notes that exposure to ultraviolet light (UV) is the deadliest type of melanoma or skin cancer.
As of 2012, there were about 67,753 individuals in the U.S. diagnosed with skin cancer. The majority of these individuals are men numbering around 39,673, while women cases numbered to a total of 28,080.
Of the 67,753 individuals diagnosed with the condition the same year, around 9,251 individuals have died due to it. More than half of whom are men at 6,013, while female deaths accounted were pegged at 3,238.
Carter, a Democrat, was elected president in 1976. He only served one term after losing during a re-election race to former president Ronald Reagan, a Republican. A Nobel Peace Prize winner, Carter is known for his humanitarian advocacy during and after his term as president.