Essay about Cancer in United States

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Cancer in United States

Cancer is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. There are a lot of different kinds of cancer. Here are the most common cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer, head and neck cancer, leukemia, lung cancer, melanoma, non-hodgkins lymphoma, ovarian cancer, prostate cancer, and rectal cancer. ----------------------------------------------------------------------

A lot of cancers exist, but they all have some common characteristics. Cancer cells can reproduce much faster than normal cells. Each cell has a specific job to do. Red blood cells transport oxygen. Kidney cells help get rid of body waste. Bone cells provide firm support. Cancer cells cluster
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The body starts to make too many white blood cells and too few of red blood cells. The white blood cells do not mature properly. As a result, the immune system does not function properly and infections occur easily. Abnormal white cells become crowded in the bone marrow, leaving no room for red blood cells and platelets to grow. The loss of red blood cells and platelets has serious affects on the body like anemia wherein a person feels week and tired. These white blood cells spread to the brain, heart, lungs, and other organs. The cancer cells interfere with the functions with these organs. As the cancer cells travel from one organ to the other the cancer has spread and we call that metastasized. The more places cancer cells go, the more damage they can do, and the more difficult the cancer is to treat.

The following are the most common warning signs of cancer. Sores that don't heal, changes in a mole or wart, new lump and bumps, coughing or hoarseness that does not go away, unusual bleeding, such as blood in the urine or stool, pain that doesn't go away, fever that doesn't go away, weakness, weight loss, or a tired feeling.

When doctors discover a person has cancer, they determine its stage. Which stage they assign a person's cancer depends on the size of the cancer and its location, how much healthy tissue it has invaded, how fast the cancer
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