What is cancer?

Cancer is just one word. But it’s used to describe more than 200 different conditions. Each one has different symptoms, features and treatments.

Put simply, cancer is caused by changes in our cellsCells in one part of the body change, grow and reproduce, invading other nearby tissue.

Most cancer causes lumps called tumours. But cancers of the blood, such as leukaemia, usually don’t.

Don’t be afraid to go to the doctor. The earlier the diagnosis, the higher the chance that treatment will be successful.

Some places to find information

Cancer Care Map is an online resource to help people living with cancer find care and support services in their local area and across the UK.

It sign posts to emotional support, medical services, practical concerns plus health and wellbeing.

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