posted by admin on Feb 13

Cancer is defined by the American Cancer Society as a “disorderly growth of the body’s tissue cells.” Malignant tumor and neoplasm axe other terms for cancer. Tumor cells can break away from the original site, enter the circulation, and become attached to another tissue and grow; this is known as metastasis.

Incidence
Cancer is a major health problem in the United States. About 1000 people die daily from cancer, and one of every four persons will develop cancer some time during his lifetime. With early detection the American Cancer Society estimates that more than 100,000 lives could be saved each year.
Lung cancer ranks first as a cause of death from cancer in American males, and breast cancer first in females. Cancer of the colon and rectum is the second leading cause of death from cancer in both males and females. For some reason not yet clearly understood the incidence of stomach cancer in the United States has been declining.

Cancer signals
It behooves all persons to be familiar with the seven signals listed by the American Cancer Society that could indicate the presence of cancer.
1.       Unusual bleeding or discharge

2.       Lump or thickening in the breast or elsewhere
3.      A sore that does not heal
4.      Change in bowel or bladder habits
5.       Hoarseness or cough
6.       Indigestion or difficulty in swallowing
7.      Change in size or color of a wart or mole.
The Society urges that a physician be consulted if any of these signs persist for more than two weeks, and immediately if there is unusual bleeding.
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