Cancercl#1 - Cancer Introduction What is cancer? Cancer is...

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Cancer Introduction What is cancer? Cancer is not one disease It is a group of diseases associated with uncontrolled cell growth and invasion >100 types of cancer based upon specific genetic and epigenetic changes Cancer is a multistep process generally requiring between 4-7 mutations. Why do we care? Cancer is second leading cause of death in US Mortality rate has not significantly decreased in last 50 years Chance of getting cancer in lifetime: Men 1:2; Women 1:3 Men for prostate cancer; breast cancer for women Skin cancer with highest incidence in US…followed by Prostate (men) and breast (women) …followed by lung and colorectal Survival of prostate and breast cancer good…. .colorectal not so good…lung bad Lung cancer leading cause of cancer-related death in male and female Types of cancers Carcinomas : arise from epithelial cell lining external and internal body surfaces; most common cancers Sarcomas : arise from supporting tissues like bone, cartilage, and fat
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Cancercl#1 - Cancer Introduction What is cancer? Cancer is...

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