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What is cancer It cant be classified as one disease nor two or three cancer is a class of disease characterized by out of control cell growth which in turn produces tumors not all tumors are cancerous Tumors that arent cancer are called benign Benign tumors can cause problems they can grow very large and press on healthy organs and tissues But they cannot grow into invade other tissues Because they cant invade they also cant spread to other parts of the body metastasize These tumors are almost never life threateningWhat is cancer There are over 100 different types of cancer Most types of cancer are named from the organs they inhibit Most cancers are named for the organ or type of cell in which they start - for example cancer that begins in the colon is called colon cancerNCI Each individual one is organized by the type of cell that is initially affected Cancer damages the body when uncontrolled cells divide and grow all on their own thus producing tumorsexcept for leukemia where cancer stops normal blood flow Not only does it form tumors its very aggressive and metastasis very quickly depending on the type In 2012 about 577190 Americans are expected to die of cancer more than 1500 people a day Cancer is the second most common cause of death in the US exceeded only by heart disease accounting for nearly 1 of every 4 deaths Due to the fact that so many people are dying yearly there has been many different clinical trials to provide more facts and figures on what exactly cancer is what its capable of doing and how it happens Most importantly there have recently been many clinical trials to prove with visual images the difference between cancerous cells and normal functioning cells inside the human body This evidence helps oncologists detect cancer earlier saving more lives in the end This way the 1638910 new cancer cases that
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