Cancer

Cancer is a group of more than 100 different diseases. It can develop almost anywhere in the body.

How does Cancer begin?

Cells are the basic units that make up the human body. Cells grow and divide to make new cells as the body needs them. Usually, cells die when they get too old or damaged. Then, new cells take their place.

Cancer begins when genetic changes interfere with this orderly process. Cells start to grow uncontrollably. These cells may form a mass called a tumor. A tumor can be cancerous or benign. A cancerous tumor is malignant, meaning it can grow and spread to other parts of the body. A benign tumor means the tumor can grow but will not spread.

Some types of cancer do not form a tumor. 

Most Common Type of Cancer:

Carcinomas: A carcinoma begins in the skin or the tissue that covers the surface of internal organs and glands. Carcinomas usually form solid tumors.

Chronic Cancers:

  • Breast Cancer
  • Lung Cancer
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Colorectal Cancer

Additional Resources:

Resources:

What is Cancer? (2019, October 4). Retrieved from https://www.cancer.net/navigating-cancer-care/cancer-basics/what-cancer.