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Government Resources: Health, Disability, Safety, Nutrition and Fitness: Cancer


Breast Cancer

Cancer and Ethnic Groups

Cancer by Location

Cancer by Socioeconomic Group

Cancer Prevention

Cancer Treatment

Cancer Trends, Incidence, Mortality and Survivorship

Government Cancer Agencies and Departments

Lung Cancer

Prostate Cancer

What is Cancer? (NCI)


Cancer is a term used for diseases in which abnormal cells divide without control and are able to invade other tissues. Cancer cells can spread to other parts of the body through the blood and lymph systems.

Cancer is not just one disease but many diseases. There are more than 100 different types of cancer. 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 cancer; cancer that begins in basal cells of the skin is called basal cell carcinoma. Source: National Cancer Institute

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