Meredith and Jeannie Ray Cancer Center
What is Cancer?A person develops cancer when his or her cells rapidly divide and form new cells that the body does not need resulting in a mass of extra cells called a growth or tumor. Tumors can be benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous). Benign tumors can often be removed and are rarely a health threat.
The cancerous cells in malignant tumors will continue to divide and grow until they damage surrounding tissues and organs. They can also spread to other organs and areas of the body; this is called metastasis.
Cancer develops over time and can be caused by a variety of factors including lifestyle, heredity, and environment. Your physician can discuss possible risk factors of cancer with you, as well as suggest an appropriate screening program.
Cancer treatment has changed dramatically over the past decade and researchers continue to make advancements in the field. New therapies are emerging constantly and you and your medical oncologist will discuss the best course of treatment.
There are many sources of cancer information and we have reliable sources and information available for you. Please ask a cancer center member for additional information.
Additional Credible Sources
National Cancer Institute (NCI)www.nci.nih.gov
American Cancer Society (ACS)www.cancer.org