Every year, nearly 1.5 million Americans receive a diagnosis of cancer. Cancer is not a single disease, however. It is many different diseases that all share one common characteristic: Some of the body’s cells do not die when they should. Instead they continue to grow and divide. Through this process, cancer cells can damage the body’s tissues and organs, leading to a broad array of symptoms and even death. The cellular changes that lead to the development of cancer are sometimes inherited but they may also result from environmental or lifestyle factors. Although the survival rates for many types of cancer have improved in recent years and innovative treatment protocols are being developed, cancer remains the second leading cause of death in the United States.
World Cancer Day takes place every year on February 4th and is the single initiative under which the world can unite to raise the profile of cancer in a positive and inspiring way.
In honor of this important observance we have included a free reference to Chapters 1-3 of Cancer Sourcebook 7th Edition. Chapters 1-3 provides a general overview of Cancer and includes the following topics:
- What is Cancer
- Cancer Terms
- Cell Biology of Cancer
- Cancer Classification
- Cancer Symptoms
For more in-depth information on Cancer please feel free to check out Omnigraphics’ full selection of Sourcebooks covering the topic.