cancer

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Cancer is a term commonly used to mean any malignant tumour, that is, any new cellular growth which invades and destroys local tissue and has the ability to produce metastases. It derives from the Latin for crab, so depicting the way the growth grasps upon surrounding tissues.

Cancers are divided into two broad categories of carcinoma and sarcoma according to the tissue of origin.

Last reviewed 01/2018

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