Frequently Asked Questions

Worldwide, what is the most common cancer that kills women?

According to WHO statistics, the most common type of cancer that kills women worldwide is breast cancer.

The five most common cancers that kill women are, in order of frequency, breast cancer, lung cancer, stomach cancer, colorectal cancer, and cervical cancer. In some developing countries cervical cancer is the most common cancer found in women.
Cancer is the result of the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells anywhere in the body. True or false?

Cancer results from the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells anywhere in the body (blood, brain, bone, or any organ) and many of these abnormal cells are capable of invading other tissues.

Cancers are often named for the organ or cell type where the abnormal cells first develop. Terms such as liver cancer, lung cancerbrain cancer, and many others refer to where the abnormal cells started to develop. When these cancer cells leave their original developmental site they are termed metastatic cancer.

What is the most deadly of all cancers of the female reproductive system?

A:Ovarian cancer is the most deadly of all cancers of the female reproductive system.

This is because most ovarian cancers are not detected early and the cancer cells have spread beyond the ovaries to the pelvis and lymph nodes when they are first detected. Unfortunately, symptoms of ovarian cancers often only appear in the late stages of ovarian cancers (late-stage cancers are difficult to treat).

About how many types of cancer are there?

There are more than 100 types of cancer.

Any part of the body can be affected and symptoms depend on the type of cancer and which organs contain cancer cells. Treatment of cancers may include surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy, or combinations of these treatments.


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