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What is Cancer?

Man Receiving Radiotherapy Treatments for Prostate Cancer

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It Starts In a Cell

  • Cells are small living things.
  • Your body is made up of cells.
  • Cells in your body grow and die.
  • This happens every day.

Cancer Cells

  • Some cells get sick.
  • They start growing very fast.
  • They get together with other sick cells.
  • These are called cancer cells.

Different Kinds of Cancer

  • Cancer cells can grow in different places in your body.
  • They can grow in your:
    • bones
    • blood
    • skin
    • liver stomach
    • lungs
    • breasts

Who Gets Cancer?

  • Anyone can get cancer.
  • A person can get cancer at any age.
  • The most common kinds of cancer are:
    • Breast
    • Lung
    • Bowel
    • Prostate

What Are My Chances of Getting Cancer?

  • You have a bigger chance if you:
    • Smoke
    • Eat unhealthy food
    • Do not exercise
    • Are over 65 years old
    • Are out in the sun a lot

What Can You Do?

  • Stay healthy by:
    • Eating right
    • Not smoking
    • Getting exercise
    • Get a checkup from your doctor at least once a year

Check Yourself for Cancer

  • You can check yourself for:
    • Breast cancer
    • Skin cancer
    • Testicular cancer
  • If you find anything, talk to your doctor.

Checking Yourself for Cancer

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Last updated on Fri, 04/02/2010 - 12:30