Cancer is a group of diseases characterized by uncontrolled cell division leading to growth of abnormal tissue. It is believed that cancers arise from both genetic and environmental factors that lead to aberrant growth regulation of a stem cell population, or by the dedifferentiation of more mature cell types. The uncontrolled and often rapid proliferation of cells can lead to either a benign tumor or a malignant tumor (cancer). Benign tumors do not spread to other parts of the body or invade other tissues, and they are rarely a threat to life. Malignant tumors can invade other organs, spread to distant locations (metastasize) and become life threatening.

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Depression and Cancer
... Symptoms of Depression Persistent sad, anxious, or "empty" mood Feelings of hopelessness, pessimism Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activitie...
Source: National Institute of Mental Health

Cancer Screening Overview
... The PDQ cancer information summaries are reviewed regularly and updated as new information becomes available. This section describes the latest changes made to this summary as of the date above.Improv...
Source: National Cancer Institute

   

Cancer (General) Articles

  • Artificial Sweeteners
    ... Key Points Artificial sweeteners are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). There is no evidence that the regulated artificial sweeteners on the market in the United States are rela...
  • Biological Therapies for Cancer: Questions and Answers
    ... Key Points Biological therapies use the body’s immune system to fight cancer or to lessen the side effects that may be caused by some cancer treatments (see Question 1). Biological response modi...
  • Cancer Information Sources
    ... Key Points The National Cancer Institute’s Web site, at http://www.cancer.gov, provides access to information about cancer (see the National Cancer Institute section). Books and articles about c...
  • Cancer Studies at the NIH Clinical Center: Q and A
    ... Key Points Everyone seen at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center is either being screened for or participating in a clinical trial (research study) (see Question 2). International p...
  • Cancer: Questions and Answers
    ... Key Points Although cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States, the survival rate for many types of cancer has improved in recent years (see paragraph 1). Cancer occurs when cell...
  • Cómo encontrar recursos en su comunidad si usted tiene cáncer
    ... No importa donde viva, si usted tiene cáncer o está recibiendo tratamiento para el cáncer, hay lugares en su comunidad a los que puede acudir para recibir ayuda. Existen muchas organizaciones a lo lar...
  • Cuidados paliativos
    ... Los cuidados paliativos son un concepto de la atención al paciente que incluye a profesionales de la salud y a voluntarios que proporcionan apoyo médico, psicológico y espiritual a enfermos terminales...
  • Depression and Cancer
    ... Symptoms of Depression Persistent sad, anxious, or "empty" mood Feelings of hopelessness, pessimism Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activitie...
  • El cáncer: preguntas y respuestas
    ... PUNTOS CLAVE Aunque el cáncer es la segunda causa principal de muerte en Estados Unidos, la tasa de supervivencia para muchos tipos de cáncer ha mejorado en años recientes (vea la página 1). El cáncer...

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