Cancer

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Cancer describes a condition in which cells grow in an irregular fashion. There are many types of cancer including, but not limited to, lung, liver, bladder, kidney, skin, melanoma, mesothelioma, leukemia, nasal sinus, esophagus, throat, mouth, prostate, colon, rectal, cervical, uterine, ovarian, breast, testicular, pancreatic, Hodgkin's and non-Hodgkin's disease. As you can see, cancer can occur just about anywhere in the body.

A normal and healthy cell can exhibit abnormal growth characteristics when a carcinogen (cancer inducing agent such as a pesticide, tobacco, sunlight, etc.) alters the cell's genetic material. This preliminary stage of cancer development is known as "initiation." The next phase is called promotion as the initiated cell (and therefore vulnerable cell) is "promoted" to a cancerous cell. Just because a cell has been promoted to a cancerous cell does not necessarily mean that the patient "has cancer." Often, the body's immune system is able to attack the cancerous cell and destroy it before it causes any damage. Unfortunately, people with poor or compromised immune systems may be unable to destroy these emerging cancer cells, thereby allowing the cell to continue growing until the person indeed "has cancer." The cancerous cells may multiply and cause a tumor. Cancer has "metastasized" if the cancerous cells have expanded beyond the tumor itself and spread into other parts of the body.

Treatment options vary depending on the type, location, and stage of the cancer's development. Common techniques include surgery to remove affected areas, chemotherapy and radiation. Some cancers respond extremely well to treatment, others may be incurable. Many substances (carcinogens), both natural and synthetic, have been shown to encourage the growth of cancerous cells.

If you believe you may have been exposed to a carcinogen it may be advisable to seek medical and legal assistance to protect your health and your legal rights. View sub-topics at right to learn more about some specific types of cancer and some of their common causes.

See Also

  1. Breast Cancer
  2. Cervical Cancer
  3. Esophageal Cancer
  4. Glioblastoma: Overview
  5. Leukemia: Overview
  6. Lung Cancer: Overview
  7. Lymphoma
  8. Melanoma
  9. Neuroblastoma: Overview
  10. Paget's Disease: Overview
  11. Testicular Cancer: Overview
  12. Vaginal Cancer
  13. 1,1,2,2-Tetrachloroethane
  14. 2,3-Benzofuran
  15. 2,4,6-Trinitrotoluene
  16. 4,4'-Methylenedianiline
  17. Acrolein Exposure: Overview
  18. Acrylonitrile
  19. Agent Orange
  20. Product Liability - Food & Restaurant - Alcoholic Beverages Overview
  21. Aller Relief Chinese Herbal Remedy: Overview
  22. Aller Relief Chinese Herbal Remedy: Overview
  23. Americium
  24. Aniline
  25. Aristolochic acid: Overview
  26. Arsenic
  27. Arsine Exposure: Overview
  28. Atrazine
  29. Bellvue, Colorado
  30. Benzidine
  31. Bepridil: Overview
  32. Bis(chloromethyl) Ether
  33. Black Cohosh
  34. Breast Cancer - Diagnosis Errors
  35. Breast Implants
  36. Bromodichloromethane
  37. Bromoform and Chlorodibromomethane
  38. Buckeye Pulp Mill: Overview
  39. Cadmium
  40. Carbon Tetrachloride
  41. Carrageenan: Overview
  42. Chaca Chaca Candy Bars
  43. Chromium IV Exposure: Overview
  44. Ciba-Geigy Corporation - McIntosh, Alabama
  45. Clair-Mel City Central Service Yard: Overview
  46. Clarendon, Vermont
  47. Coal Ash Exposure: Overview
  48. Coal Tar: Overview
  49. Colfax Treating Co. & Durawood - Pineville, Louisiana & Alexandria, Louisiana
  50. Colon Cancer - Diagnosis Errors
  51. Comfrey
  52. Coronet Industries - Plant City, Florida
  53. CT Scan: Overview
  54. DDT Exposure: Overview
  55. Dental Sealants: Overview
  56. Desloge, Missouri
  57. Dickson County, Tennessee
  58. Diesel Exhaust
  59. Dioxin
  60. Dover Township, New Jersey
  61. East Broad Street Elementary School - Savannah, Georgia
  62. Ephedra Recall
  63. Escambia & Santa Rosa Counties - Florida: Overview
  64. Estrogen
  65. Fairfield, Maine: Overview
  66. Fiber Glass
  67. Florida Tobacco Lawsuits
  68. Florida Toxic Algae: Overview
  69. Formaldehyde Exposure: Overview
  70. Frito-Lay Contamination: Overview
  71. Fritz Mine - Fairfield, North Dakota
  72. Fruit Avenue Plume Site - Albuquerque, New Mexico
  73. Furan
  74. Gas & Oil Pipeline Accidents
  75. GE Capacitators - Queensbury, New York: Overview
  76. Geneva Steel - Vineyard, Utah
  77. Georgetown, Texas
  78. GKN Westland Aerospace Incorporated - Tallassee, Alabama
  79. Grant Street Well - Talladega, Alabama
  80. Hall Street Plant - Beaverton, Oregon
  81. Hexachlorobenzene
  82. Hexachlorobutadiene
  83. Hexachlorocyclohexanes
  84. Hexachloroethane
  85. High Tension Wires: Overview
  86. Hills, Iowa
  87. Hinkley, California: Overview
  88. Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)
  89. Hydrazines
  90. Ionizing Radiation
  91. Irradiation: Overview
  92. Kerosene (Fuel Oils)
  93. Landia Chemical Company: Overview
  94. Lead & Lead-Based Paint
  95. Lewisite (Blister Agent)
  96. Lexington Manor Lead Site - Hamilton, Ohio
  97. Lindberg Hevi-Duty Electric - Watertown, Wisconsin
  98. Lipari Landfill: Overview
  99. Los Alamos National Laboratory - New Mexico
  100. Lynn Lake, Manitoba: Overview
  101. Mammogram Errors
  102. Mason Valley - Nevada
  103. Massena GM Plant: Overview
  104. Methylene Chloride
  105. Mexican Candy
  106. Midland, Michigan - Tittabawassee River
  107. Midnite Mine - Wellpinit, Washington
  108. Migrant Workers: Overview
  109. Mosquito Coils
  110. Mount Dioxin - Pensacola
  111. MTBE
  112. Mustard Gas
  113. Natick Laboratory - Natick, Massachusetts
  114. Nickel
  115. Nitrobenzene
  116. Nitrogen Mustards (HN-1, HN-2, HN-3) (Blister Agent)
  117. n-Nitrosodimethylamine
  118. n-Nitrosodi-n-propylamine
  119. n-Nitrosodiphenylamine
  120. Nolvadex / Tamoxifen Citrate: Overview
  121. Nuclear Contamination Exposure: Overview
  122. Onondaga County - New York
  123. Organophosphate
  124. PCBs
  125. Pentachlorophenol
  126. Perchlorate
  127. Perchloroethylene
  128. Phthalates Exposure: Overview
  129. Pittard Road - Athens, Georgia
  130. Plastic Surgery: Overview
  131. Plutonium
  132. Poles, Incorporated - Oldtown, Idaho
  133. Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDEs)
  134. Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons / PAH
  135. Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)
  136. Prairie Grove, Arkansas
  137. Pratt & Whitney - North Haven: Overview
  138. Premarin
  139. Prempro / Premphase
  140. Radiation Therapy: Overview
  141. Radioactive Iodine (RAI): Overview
  142. Radium
  143. Radon
  144. Railroad Workers & The Federal Employers' Liability Act (FELA)
  145. Rialto, California
  146. Royal Demolition eXplosive - RDX
  147. Rutland Town Elementary School: Overview
  148. Saccharin: Overview
  149. School Buses & Commercial Lines
  150. Semicarbazide (SEM)
  151. Semiconductor Industry
  152. Skyway Trap and Skeet Club - St. Petersburg, Florida: Overview
  153. Spring Valley: Overview
  154. Stauffer Chemical: Overview
  155. Strontium
  156. Styrene
  157. Sulfur Mustards H/HD and HT (Blister Agent)
  158. Suter Elementary & Cook Elementary - Pensacola, Florida
  159. Sydney Tar Ponds: Overview
  160. Synthetic Vitreous Fibers
  161. Tanning Beds
  162. Taxol / Paclitaxel
  163. Teflon
  164. Thorium
  165. Tobacco Field Workers: Overview
  166. Total Petroleum Hydrocarbons (TPH)
  167. Toxaphene
  168. Toxic Mothballs: Overview
  169. Trichloroethylene
  170. Union City Cemetery - Indiana: Overview
  171. Vending Machine Metal Toy Jewelry Recall
  172. Vieques Island, Puerto Rico: Overview
  173. Vinyl Chloride
  174. Vitamin C: Overview
  175. Weapons Workers: Overview
  176. Welding Rods
  177. Wingate Landfill - Fort Lauderdale
  178. Wireless Phones
  179. Cancer: Frequently Asked Questions
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