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Cancer

A disease which affects body cells

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A Quick Tip by Sharrie

  • Oct 12, 2009
While it may be terminal & cause tremendous pain, because of it, courage has been brought forth & that in itself is worth millions more.
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review by . January 05, 2010
posted in Inspirations
We must all exceeds our own expectation
In the movie Invictus, Mandela said: "You criticize without understanding, you seek only to address your own personal fear, that is selfish thinking & insensitive, it does not serve the nation."      With that, it's like a bolt of lightning, how many times have I done that unconsciously, without much of a thought? Many!       We criticize injustice, governments, authorities, anything that doesn't please us, including diseases like …
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Cancer (medical term: malignant neoplasm) is a class of diseases in which a group of cells display uncontrolled growth (division beyond the normal limits), invasion (intrusion on and destruction of adjacent tissues), and sometimes metastasis (spread to other locations in the body via lymph or blood). These three malignant properties of cancers differentiate them from benign tumors, which are self-limited, and do not invade or metastasize. Most cancers form a tumor but some, like leukemia, do not. The branch of medicine concerned with the study, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of cancer is oncology.

Cancer may affect people at all ages, even fetuses, but the risk for most varieties increases with age. Cancer causes about 13% of all human deaths. According to the American Cancer Society, 7.6 million people died from cancer in the world during 2007. Cancers can affect all animals.

Nearly all cancers are caused by abnormalities in the genetic material of the transformed cells. These abnormalities may be due to the effects of carcinogens, such as tobacco smoke, radiation, chemicals, or infectious agents. Other cancer-promoting genetic abnormalities may be randomly acquired through errors in DNA replication, or are inherited, and thus present in all cells from birth. ...

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