WHAT IS CANCER
 
 

CANCER IS A CLASS OF DISEASE CHARACTERISED BY OUT-OF-CONTROL CELL GROWTH. CANCER HARMS THE BODY WHEN DAMAGED CELLS DIVIDE UNCONTROLLABLY TO FORM LUMPS OR MASSES OF TISSUE CALLED TUMORS.

THE BODY IS MADE UP OF MILLIONS OF CELLS, GROUPED TOGETHER TO FORM TISSUES AND ORGANS. CELL GETS ORDERS FROM THE GENES INSIDE THEM TO GROW, WORK, REPRODUCE AND DIE. NORMALLY, OUR CELLS OBEY THESE ORDERS AND WE REMAIN HEALTHY. BUT SOMETIMES MALFUNCTIONS OCCUR IN THESE ORDERS RESULTING IN CELLS TO FORM TUMOURS, OR SPREAD THROUGH THE SYSTEM TO OTHER PARTS OF THE BODY. Tumors can grow and interfere with the digestive, nervous, and circulatory system, and they can release hormones that alter body function. TUMOURS CAN BE EITHER BENIGN (NON-CANCEROUS) OR MALIGNANT (CANCEROUS). BENIGN TUMOUR CELLS STAY IN ONE PLACE IN THE BODY AND ARE NOT USUALLY LIFE-THREATENING. MALIGNANT TUMOUR CELLS INVADE NEARBY TISSUES AND SPREAD TO OTHER PARTS OF THE BODY THROUGH METASTASIS. THE FIRST SIGN THAT A MALIGNANT TUMOUR HAS SPREAD IS OFTEN SWELLING OF NEARBY LYMPH NODES, BUT CANCER CAN SPREAD TO ALMOST ANY PART OF THE BODY.

THERE ARE OVER 100 DIFFERENT TYPES OF CANCER, AND EACH IS CLASSIFIED BY THE TYPE OF CELL THAT IS INITIALLY

AFFECTED. EXCEPT IN THE CASE OF LEUKAEMIA WHERE CANCER PROHIBITS NORMAL BLOOD FUNCTION BY ABNORMAL CELL DIVISION IN THE BLOOD STREAM

   
   
     
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