Cancer in Salford
Cancer is a common condition. Doctors predict that almost half of us will get some type of cancer during our lifetime. In Salford, over 1,000 people are diagnosed with cancer every year.
Spotting the signs and getting diagnosed early can make all the difference. The sooner cancer is detected, the better the chances of successful treatment. It’s important for you to know what to look out for and what you can do to reduce your risk of developing cancer.
But what actually is cancer?
The organs and tissues that make up our body are all made up of tiny building blocks called cells. These cells constantly divide to make new cells, replacing old ones as they die off.
Cancer is a disease that causes cells to divide and multiply uncontrollably. They can then take over and destroy healthy tissue and organs nearby or even spread to different areas of the body.
Types of cancer
Cancer is not a single disease with one cause. There are are more than 200 different types of cancer, each with their own names, causes, symptoms and treatments.
These are also split into five distinct groups depending on the area they affect or how they develop.