Cancer Support Group

Wednesday, Apr 14th

Last update:06:42:40 AM GMT

General Queries on Cancer

What is cancer?
All cells in the body keep multiplying throughout life. Normal cells multiply under control. Cancer cells lose this control and start multiplying more than required. These cells can damage the organ where the cell multiplication is occurring and can also spread to other parts of body.

In which part of my body can I get cancer?
Cancer can occur in any part of the body. They are usually painless and generally present as swellings or growths. They gradually increase in size and damage the surrounding tissue.

Can Cancer spread from one person to another?
Certainly not! Cancer is a non–communicable disease, which does not spread from one person to another. It occurs due to some changes in the cells due to which the cell multiplication becomes uncontrolled. Certain cancers may have a hereditary causation which means a person may be at higher risk of getting cancer if his/ her relatives have had that particular cancer. These cancers are breast, ovarian, colorectal, and other less common cancers.

How does cancer spread?
As Cancer grows, it invades the surrounding structures and causes damage. It spreads to the draining lymph nodes. Through the blood stream it spreads to the others parts of the body like lung, liver, bones, brain etc.

What causes cancer?
There are basically two types of factors that contribute to the cause of cancer. One is a tendency or predisposition to develop cancer, the other is exposure to the triggers that start it off (such as cigarettes, sun exposure, liver damage, and so on).

Does cigarette smoke really cause cancer?
Yes. Cigarettes cause approximately 95 percent of cancers of the lung and are a major factor in cancers of the bladder, pancreas, mouth, larynx, esophagus, and kidney.

Why does the diagnosis seem to be so delayed in so many cases?
Cancer cells can multiply to produce literally billions of cells before a tumor becomes big enough to detect. That is why prevention and some methods of screening are so important.

Is a Pap Smear a good tool for general cancer detection or is it only specific to cervical cancer?
Typically it’s only for cevical cancer.


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