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Describes three types of outpatient cancer treatments I Cancer is a group of diseases characterized by an uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells If the spread of these abnormal cells is not controlled cancer can cause death Most cancers take the form of tumors although not all tumors are cancers A tumor is simply a mass of new tissue that serves no physiological purpose It can be benign like a wart or malignant like cancer Benign tumors are made up of cells similar to the surrounding normal cells and are enclosed in a membrane that prevents them from penetrating neighboring tissues They are dangerous only if their physical presence interferes with bodily functions A malignant tumor or cancer is capable of invading surrounding structures including blood vessels the lymph system and nerves It can also spread to distant sites by the blood and lymphatic circulation and so can produce invasive tumors in almost any part of the body In 1997 an estimated 1359150 people in the United States will be diagnosed with cancer and 554740 will die of the disease Early screening for cancer is believed to be able to drastically reduce the number of deaths due to the disease Knowing what to look for when detecting cancer as well as knowing if you are in a high risk population are two of the main factors of early intervention Early intervention of cancer has proven to increase survival rates and lower the length and severity of treatments Detection and protection are two types of ambulatory care for cancer that begin before the disease is ever diagnosed II Cancer often causes symptoms that you can watch for These include change in bowel or bladder habits a sore that does not heal unusual bleeding or discharge thickening or lump in
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