What is cancer? Simple explanation

Understanding Cancer: Explanations and Definitions

Cancer, an increasingly common disease in modern society, is often shrouded in mystery and question. But what exactly is cancer? In this article, we take an in-depth look at this dreaded disease, demystifying its origins and explaining its mechanisms.

What is cancer?
Simply put, cancer is the uncontrolled proliferation of abnormal, immortal cells within our bodies. To understand this, it's essential to understand the cell cycle, a regulated process to which our body's cells are subjected. Normally, cells are born, perform their specific functions in tissues and organs, and then die, to be replaced by new cells.

Origin and development of cancer
However, genetic alterations can occur, disrupting the cells' genetic code and causing them to break out of this regulated cycle. These abnormalities lead to cellular deregulation, preventing cells from dying as they should. As a result, they continue to multiply uncontrollably, forming masses of abnormal cells, known as tumors, or spreading to other parts of the body, which characterizes cancer.

The importance of awareness
Understanding the fundamental mechanisms of cancer is crucial to raising awareness and educating people about this devastating disease. The more informed we are, the better we can prevent, detect and treat cancer in its early stages, improving the chances of cure and survival.

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In conclusion, cancer represents a major public health challenge. By understanding its biological basis and implications, we can better arm ourselves in the fight against this disease.

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Dr Noura Marashi (doctor of pharmacy, health youtuber, creator of the Pharmaquiz health and well-being app),

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