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There are hundreds of different types of cancer and most of us know at least one person that's been affected by it. Check out why it's so harmful, why people get it and what you can do to reduce the chances of getting it yourself...
One in three of us will get cancer during our lives. And one in four of us will die from it. So everyone will know someone affected by this disease.
There are hundreds of different types of cancer - at least one for every bit of our body. Some are deadly but many are curable, and more people with cancer survive now than ever before.
We've all labelled the Biology diagrams so we know our bodies are made up of billions of tiny cells. Each cell grows, divides then dies in strict order. A cancer cell is one that refuses to die, dividing over and over again. It doesn't stop. Soon there are millions of cancer cells, all stubbornly refusing to die.
The cancer can grow so big it can stop other bits of our body working properly. It can hurt. And it can wear us out.
For most cancers, there are two reasons.
Because it's genetic we can't always avoid it by being on the alert. But we can hugely reduce our chances by doing the following:
Cancer when we're young is extremely rare. But it does happen with skin cancer, testicular cancer and types of blood cancer. That doesn't mean we shouldn't look after ourselves now though - do you fancy looking back to wish you'd done things differently?