Cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in the body. Cancer develops when the body’s normal control mechanism stops working. Old cells do not die and cells grow out of control, forming new, abnormal cells. These extra cells may form a mass of tissue, called a tumor. Some cancers, such as leukemia, do not form tumors.
Even though the medical field has made tremendous progress, there is still much to discover about cancer. However, we do know that there are several biological and environmental factors that can increase a person’s risk of getting the disease. Be sure to follow the recommended guidelines for regular cancer screening and self-examinations, which increase your chances of discovering cancer early. Screening should include your skin, mouth, colon and rectum. Men should also include prostate and testes screenings. Cervical and breast cancer screenings should be included for women.
This section includes information about chemotherapy and radiation side effects. They contain medical advice and practical tips to help you during your treatment. Learn about self-care, medical problems to call your doctor about, and questions to ask your doctor.
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