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Cancer is a major killer of people all around the globe We do not have a definite cure but the amount of research done on this one disease costs on the average of 12 billion dollars annually and 20 billion annually in care of cancer patients What is Cancer Cancer is a broad ranging term that is used by many people including medical professionals such as doctors Cancer in its most fatal and aggressive form is of a larger class of diseases known as neoplasms There are two forms of a neoplasm benign or malignant A benign neoplasm is encapsulated or surrounded so that its growth is restricted whereas a malignant neoplasm is not closed in Malignant tumors grow much more quickly than benign forms and spread into the surrounding normal tissue and virtually destroy it Grolier Electronic Encyclopedia Cancer The question is what exactly is cancer Cancer is the break down and mutation of the cells of the body when the DNA Deoxyribonucleic Acid sequences in those molecules are disrupted and errors form in the structures Grolier Genetic Code This mutation spreads through surrounding tissue until it disrupts major systems in the body such as respiratory digestive and waste management cause that system to fail What causes Cancer to become active Since it is believed that almost all people have some type of cancer in their body although benign any person that comes in contact with a carcinogen any cancer-causing agent will cause these benign cells to become malignant It is when the cells become malignant that cancer actually occurs Cancer in this context can be caused by many different agents chemical biological or physical Chemical Agents Chemicals that can cause a benign cell to become active include things such as complex hydrocarbons aromatic amines certain metals drugs hormones and naturally occurring chemicals in plants and molds Hydrocarbons and nitrosamines can be found in cigarette smoke
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