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Cancer overview

Cancer is the name given to any illness caused by the abnormal growth of cells in your body. Someone is diagnosed with cancer in the UK every two minutes. There are around 298,000 new cases diagnosed in Britain each year and more than 200 types of cancer. Breast, lung, bowel and prostate cancer are the most common types of cancer, together accounting for over half of new cancers each year. Cancer symptoms vary widely based on the type of cancer but typical treatment includes chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery. If you're considering complementary cancer treatments, discuss this with your doctor as they may interact with other cancer treatments.

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Understanding cancer - symptoms

What are the symptoms of cancer?

In its early stages, cancer usually has no symptoms, but eventually a malignant tumour will grow large enough to be detected. As it continues to grow, it may press on nerves and produce pain, penetrate blood vessels and cause bleeding, or interfere with the function of a body organ or system.

The earlier a cancer is detected, the more likely it is that treatment will be successful. Understanding what symptoms and changes to your body to look out for could be important.

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