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All about cancer

Cancer Research UK scientistsPeople often think of the word cancer as describing a single disease with a single cause, like 'flu or HIV. But this is misleading.

Cancer is the name given to a range of specific illnesses resulting from one of our body's own cells growing out of control. There are more than 200 different types of cancer, each with different causes and symptoms requiring different treatments.

In this section you can find out how cancer develops, how it is treated, and how we're tackling it through ground-breaking research. It is only through research that we can understand cancer and develop more effective ways to beat it.

Over the years, Cancer Research UK scientists have made important discoveries that have shaped our understanding of cancer.

In this section you can find out why cancer starts, how it develops, how it can be detected, and how it is treated - as well as the answers to many other questions.

What is cancer research?Have you ever wondered what our researchers do all day?

How we know what can increase or cut our risk of cancer?

Or how new cancer treatments are developed and tested?

The answers are here

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Updated: 12 November 2009