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What is Cancer?

Normally, the cells that make up our body tissues have a very predictable life cycle: they divide, grow, die and are replaced.

Sometimes, internal or environmental causes damage the genes that control cell growth, resulting over time in cells that do not die – they keep multiplying until they form a mass (tumor) or even grow into other tissues. This is what defines cancer cells – abnormal cells that grow uncontrollably, invading surrounding healthy tissues and spreading to other parts of the body.

Localized cancers originate in a specific part of the body, such as the prostate, breast, lung, and colon or rectal area.

Systemic cancers affect body systems, such as the lymphatic system (as in lymphoma) or blood system (as in leukemia).

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