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I Cancer is a group of diseases characterized by an uncontrolledgrowth of abnormal cells If the spread of these abnormal cells is notcontrolled cancer can cause death Most cancers take the form of tumorsalthough not all tumors are cancers A tumor is simply a mass of new tissuethat serves no physiological purpose It can be benign like a wart ormalignant like cancer Benign tumors are made up of cells similar to thesurrounding normal cells and are enclosed in a membrane that prevents themfrom penetrating neighboring tissues They are dangerous only if their physicalpresence interferes with bodily functions A malignant tumor or canceris capable of invading surrounding structures including blood vessels thelymph system and nerves It can also spread to distant sites by the bloodand lymphatic circulation and so can produce invasive tumors in almost anypart of the body In 1997 an estimated 1359150 people in the United Stateswill be diagnosed with cancer and 554740 will die of the disease Earlyscreening for cancer is believed to be able to drastically reduce the numberof deaths due to the disease Knowing what to look for when detecting canceras well as knowing if you are in a high risk population are two of the mainfactors of early intervention Early intervention of cancer has proven toincrease survival rates and lower the length and severity of treatmentsDetection and protection are two types of ambulatory care for cancer thatbegin before the disease is ever diagnosedII Cancer often causes symptoms that you can watch for Theseinclude change in bowel or bladder habits a sore that does not heal unusualbleeding or discharge thickening or lump inpage 2the breast or any other part of the body indigestion or difficulty swallowingobvious change in a wart or mole and nagging cough or hoarseness Thesesymptoms are not always warning signs of cancer They can also be causedby less serious conditions It is important to see a doctor if any of these symptoms occur Only a
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