Our bodies are made up of millions of tiny cells which group together to form tissues and organs such as the brain, liver, kidneys and lungs. These tiny cells reproduce by dividing many, many times in their lifetime, which allows new tissue to grow and damaged tissue to be repaired. Cancer is a disease in these tiny cells throughout our bodies.
If a cell fails to divide and repair as they should, they may grow uncontrollably and this may develop into what’s called a tumour. If a tumour is not treated it can cause problems by spreading into other parts of the body.
There are many types of cancers, which all have their own individual causes, risks and treatments. If you are in any way worried that you may have cancer you must contact your GP for advice.
Cancer treatments have advanced tremendously in recent years and are always moving forward. Many people with cancer go into remission and many cancers can be controlled with treatment for months or years. Treatments will be individually discussed and agreed with you and may bring together a combination of different treatments.
Listed below are the main groups of cancer however there are many more cancer types. If you would like more information on specific cancer types not mentioned please click on these links:
Scottish Cancer Information Network (SCAN) - a web based library of information about cancer and cancer services in South East Scotland
Macmillan Cancer Support - provide practical, medical and financial support
Cancer Research UK - practical website dedicated to beating cancer through research in preventing, diagnosing and treating cancer.