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WHAT THE C?!? /// CHAPTER 3
Cancer 101
So, what is cancer anyway?
Let's start with the basics.
You probably were familiar with the
word 'cancer' even before you were
diagnosed. Cancer itself is quite
common - about one in three people
will have cancer in their lives. But
cancer in young people is quite rare.
You may have perceptions of the
" C word " shaped by experience with
relatives or stories and movies. Not all
of that may be accurate or relevant to
your experience with cancer.
Always Remember:
You do not have to go
through this alone!
Ask your navigator
to learn more about
support groups.
Cancer is a disease of the cells. Our bodies are made up of
billions of cells - they are basically like building blocks.
Normally, cells grow and divide to make more cells only when the
body needs them.
This process helps to keep the body healthy, replace worn out
cells and heal after an injury. However, sometimes this process
doesn't go according to plan and the cells can get out of control,
producing new ones even when they aren't needed. This behavior
by the cells can form a mass of tissue called a growth or a tumor.
Tumors can be benign (not cancerous) or malignant (cancerous).
Benign tumors can often be removed and don't spread to other
parts of the body.
Malignant tumors can also often be removed, but they can also
invade and damage nearby tissues and spread to other organs in
the body.
The spread of cancer from one part of the body to another is
called " metastasis. " Some cancers, like leukemia, do not form
tumors but are " liquid " cancers of the bone marrow and blood.
There are over 200 different types of cancer. Some are more
common in young people than adults, and some more so in men
than women.
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