April is Daffodil Month, so we’re focusing on cancer awareness.
Cancer is a familiar disease to many Canadians – most people either have been personally impacted by cancer, or know someone who has. In 2009, it was estimated that 2/5 Canadians would be diagnosed with cancer – that’s a lot of us!
We think that having an understanding of what cancer is and knowing what we can do to decrease our risk of developing it gives us power over our lives. So, this month we’re going to focus on sharing as much information about cancer as possible!
To kick things off, we found a great explanation of what cancer is written by the Canadian Cancer Society:
What is cancer?
Cancer is a disease that starts in our cells. Our bodies are made up of millions of cells, grouped together to form tissues and organs. Genes inside each cell order it to grow, work, reproduce and die. Normally, our cells obey these orders and we remain healthy. But sometimes the instructions get mixed up, causing the cells to form lumps or tumours, or spread through the bloodstream and lymphatic system to other parts of the body.
Tumours can be either benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous). Benign tumour cells stay in one place in the body and are not usually life-threatening.
Malignant tumour cells are able to invade nearby tissues and spread to other parts of the body. Cancer cells that spread to other parts of the body are called metastases.
Cancers are named after the part of the body where they start. For example, cancer that starts in the bladder but spreads to the lung is called bladder cancer with lung metastases.
Read more: http://www.cancer.ca/en/cancer-information/cancer-101/what-is-cancer/?region=on#ixzz3Wkg0Xnf0