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Nothing worse than cancer

One of the most current issues that affect all the society is the increase of some illnesses such as cancer.  The National Cancer Institute defines cancer as 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.”

There exist more than 100 types of cancer. Moreover, it is common to named cancers for the organ that it is affected. There are five categories of cancer: Carcinoma, sarcoma, leukemia, lymphoma and mieloma, and central nervous system cancers.

In order to find a cure to this illness some new cancer centers are being opened, for example, Saint Joseph Mercy Chelsea. Dana Afana explains some characteristics of it:

Saint Joseph Mercy Chelsea opened a new cancer centre on Dec. 15 to expand its cancer services, with the addition of radiation therapy. SJM Chelsea is one of Michigan’s most advanced cancer care providers, according to a press release. The new cancer centre, located at 775 S. Main St., Chelsea, is 16,500 square feet will allow local residents to receive cancer treatments ranging from surgery to chemotherapy and its newest addition of radiation”.


There are some symptoms of cancer. These symptoms are quite varied and depend on where the cancer is located, where it has spread, and how big the tumor is. Some cancers can be felt or seen through the skin – a lump on the breast or testicle can be an indicator of cancer in those locations. Skin cancer (melanoma) is often noted by a change in a wart or mole on the skin. Some oral cancers present white patches inside the mouth or white spots on the tongue. Other cancers have symptoms that are less physically apparent. (Crosta, 2013)



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