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The BelizeBelize

Cancer
city, Belize
Society
Mercy Lane
501-223-0922
belizecancersociety@gmailcom
Cancer is a group of more than 100 different diseases, characterized
by the uncontrolled, abnormal growth of cells. These cells form a
lump or mass called a tumor, which can be either cancerous or benign.
Cells are the basic units that make up the human body. Cancer begins
when genetic changes impair the orderly process of cell building, and
cells begin to grow at an uncontrollable rate. A cancerous tumor is
malignant meaning it can grow and spread to other parts of the body.
A benign tumor grows but does not spread to other parts of the body.

Cancer can happen at any age, but more than 3 out of every 4 cancers
are found in people older than 55. People of all racial and ethnic
groups can get cancer.
Cancer isnt a punishment for things you did or didnt do. Dont
blame yourself. Its painful, and it rarely helps. Its almost never
possible to know exactly what caused the cancer. Focus instead on
taking good care of yourself now, both your body and your mind.
Cancer can happen at any age, but more than 3 out of every 4 cancers
are found in people older than 55. People of all racial and ethnic
groups can get cancer.
Did I cause my Cancer?
It is not yet known what causes all cancers. We do know that there
are certain things called risk factors that affect your chance of
getting some diseases, such as alcohol consumption, exposure to sun,
tobacco use and diet.
Types of Cancers

*Carcinomas begins in the skin or the tissue that covers the


surface of internal organs and glands and forms solid tumors.
E.g. Prostate, breast, lung, and colorectal cancer.

*Sarcomas begins in the tissues that support and connect the


body. It can develop in fat, muscles, nerves, tendons, joints,
blood or lymph vessels, cartilage, or bone.

*Leukemia is a cancer of the blood. It begins when healthy


blood cells change and grow uncontrollably. The four main
types are acute lymphocytic, chronic lymphocytic, acute
myeloid, and chronic myeloid leukemia.

*Lymphoma is a cancer that begins in the lymphatic system.


The lymphatic system is a network of vessels and glands that Luis Burgos
help fight infection. Two main types include Hodgkin and non-
Hodgkin lymphoma. Iselma Sosa

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