What is cancer?
Your body is made up of tiny 'building blocks' called cells that repair and reproduce themselves in a controlled manner when other cells become damaged or die. If for some reason the cells divide and reproduce in an uncontrolled manner, resulting in more cells being made than are dying, they form into lumps. It is these lumps that are called tumours.
Tumours can be benign or malignant. Benign tumours grow but do not spread and therefore cause little trouble to the individual. Malignant tumours (or cancerous tumours) grow but also spread, often invading the surrounding tissues or structures. Sometimes cancer cells can break away from the original site and settle in other parts of the body where they may cause further damage. If this happens, the cancerous tumours that then develop are called 'secondaries' or 'metastases'.
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