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INTRODUCTION Cancer is an ongoing problem in society With not one exact cause there is no perfect prevention or cure You are someone you know are more likely than you think to get cancer In fact 1 in 3 people will develop cancer during their lifetimeit mainly occurs in the later years of life Cancers can occur at any age but the risk of developing cancer increases with age Some cancers are very common and others are very rare wwwseattleccaorg The most recent statistics show that for men the most common cancer is lung cancer prostate cancer large bowel cancer and bladder cancer For women the figures are breast cancer large bowel cancer lung cancer and cancer of ovaries wwwcancerbacuporg SECONDARY CANCER Some cancer may spread to different organs of the body including the lungs When this occurs the second cancer is called secondary lung cancer It is not the same as lung cancer Some symptoms of secondary lung cancer include a cough that does not clear up shortness of breath coughing up bloodstained phlegm sputum andor pain or discomfort in the chest Your doctor must diagnose condition This report will help patients and their families understand what cancer is as well as the types of treatment available WHAT IS CANCER The organs and tissues of the body are made up of tiny building blocks called cells Cells are constantly becoming old and dying and new cells are produced to replace them Normally the division and growth of cells is orderly but if this process gets out of control the cells will continue to divide and develop into a lump which is called a tumor Tumors that are cancerous are called malignant tumors wwwcancerbacuporg Fig 1 Cells forming a tumor wwwcancerbacuporg THE FOUR MAIN CATERGORIES OF CANCER Carcinomas About 85 of cancers are carcinomas They start in the epithelium which is the covering or lining of organs and of the body the skin Sarcomas
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