Finding out that you or a loved one has cancer can be overwhelming. You
may have many questions. Or you may not even know where to begin or what
questions to ask. We want you to know that we are here to help you. Although
your physicians are your greatest resource regarding your personalized
care, there are also many other valuable sources of information, including
but not limited to, the American Cancer Society, support groups, informational
websites, and much more.
What is Cancer?
Cancer is a term used for diseases in which abnormal cells divide without
control and are able to invade other tissues. It can also occur when cells
forget how to die. There are more than 100 types of cancer and are usually
named for the organ or type of cell in which they start. Metastasis or
spreading of cancer, usually occurs through the blood stream or the lymphatic system.
What causes cancer?
Cancer can affect anyone at any age. The cause of cancer remains unknown
and so research continues. However many risk factors have been identified.
The following are some of those risk factors:
- Genetic problems
- Environmental toxins
- Excessive sunlight exposure
Reference: Defining cancer. (2012) , Cancer. (2012)