Friday, May 8th at 10 a.m.
We’ve all heard the term, but do you really know what cancer is?
Cancer is an abnormal growth of cells. Cancer cells rapidly reproduce despite restriction of space, nutrients, or signals sent from the body to stop reproduction. Cancer cells are often shaped differently from healthy cells, do not function properly, and can spread to many areas of the body.
Cancer has no one single cause. Scientists believe that it is the interaction of many factors together that produces cancer. The factors involved may be genetic, environmental, or lifestyle characteristics of the individual.
Some cancers, particularly in adults, have been associated with certain risk factors. People who have an increased risk of developing cancer can help to protect themselves by scheduling regular screenings and check-ups with their physician and avoiding lifestyle and environmental factors that may further increase that risk. Here are a few factors that may increase your risk of developing cancer:
To learn more about the ABCs of cancer, join us Friday, May 8th, at 10 a.m. for an OU Medicine Live Chat with Dr. Subham Pant of the Stephenson Cancer Center and visit the links on this page.
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