On 8:42 AM by NY Drs. Urgent Care
With a recently written blog post about skin cancer, cancer has been the most popular and fatal disease of all. Cancer, known medically as a malignant neoplasm, is a broad group of various diseases, all involving unregulated cell growth. In cancer, cells divide and grow uncontrollably, forming malignant tumors, and invade nearby parts of the body. The cancer may also spread to more distant parts of the body through the lymphatic system or bloodstream. 

When cancer begins, it produces no symptoms with signs only appearing as the mass continues to grow or intensifies. The findings depend on the type and location of the cancer. Few symptoms are specific, with many of them frequently occurring in individuals who have other conditions. 

Breast cancer is the leading cancer for women in the US. Lung cancer is the second most common form of cancer and colorectal cancer is third among white women. The number 2 and 3 cancers are reversed among black and Asian/Pacific Island women. For all women, the fourth leading cancer is cancer of the uterus. 

Prostate cancer is the leading cancer for men in the US. It is followed by lung cancer and then colorectal cancer. The fourth most common cancer is race-dependent. It is bladder cancer for white men, cancer of the mouth and throat for black men; and stomach cancer for Asian/Pacific Island men. 

The most common malignancies in childhood are leukemia, followed by brain tumors, and lymphoma. 

Cancer is rare in teens. Certain diseases like breast cancer usually affect adult women — teen girls are unlikely to get this form of cancer. But some types are more likely to occur in teens. Testicular cancer, for example, tends to affect younger guys rather than older men. 

The types of cancers teens get have one thing in common: cells growing in an uncontrolled way. Cells are the basic components or "building blocks" of the human body. 

It’s necessary to get yourself checked out when there is a form of abnormality growing on your body. Just go to your physician and/or dermatologists and they’ll be sure to give you a quick diagnosis. Nothing is more important than your health!

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