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Cancer Cancer is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. There are a lot of different kinds of cancer. Here are the most common cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer, head and neck cancer, leukemia, lung cancer, melanoma, non-hodgkins lymphoma, ovarian cancer, prostate cancer, and rectal cancer. A lot of cancers exist, but they all have some common characteristics. Cancer cells can reproduce much faster than normal cells. Each cell has a specific job to do. Red blood cells transport oxygen. Kidney cells help get rid of body waste. Bone cells provide firm support. Cancer cells cluster together into a mass called a solid tumor. The tumor is made of cancer cells called malignant, which means "harmful". ...read more.


These white blood cells spread to the brain, heart, lungs, and other organs. The cancer cells interfere with the functions with these organs. As the cancer cells travel from one organ to the other the cancer has spread and we call that metastasized. The more places cancer cells go, the more damage they can do, and the more difficult the cancer is to treat. The following are the most common warning signs of cancer. Sores that don't heal, changes in a mole or wart, new lump and bumps, coughing or hoarseness that does not go away, unusual bleeding, such as blood in the urine or stool, pain that doesn't go away, fever that doesn't go away, weakness, weight loss, or a tired feeling. ...read more.


When the treatment works so well that no trace of cancer is found anymore, we say the patient is in remission. One way to treat cancer is to remove it. Another common way to treat cancer is with radiation therapy. Beams of radiation emitted from a machine destroy a cancer cell's ability to divide and the cancer cell eventually die. Another treatment is called chemotherapy. Cancer patients are given anticancer drugs capable of destroying cancer cells anywhere in the body. Radiation and anticancer drugs can cause side effects such as hair loss, mouth sores, sore throats, and feeling sick. Cancer is not contagious. It is impossible to catch someone else's cancer by touching him or her. People can help prevent this disease by not smoking, protecting themselves from the sun's harmful rays, avoid exposure to chemicals, and try to eat healthy food. ...read more.

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