Cancer is a class of diseases in which a group of cells display uncontrolled growth , invasion (intrusion on and destruction of adjacent tissues), and sometimes metastasis (spread to other locations in the body via lymph or blood). These three malignant properties of cancers differentiate them from benign tumors, which are self-limited, and do not invade or metastasize.Cancer affects people at all ages with the risk for most types increasing with age.
The most common are:
A cancer diagnosis is made only after certain tests are done. Most people begin by visiting their family doctor (GP) because they are worried about a particular symptom. This could be a lump, weight loss or feeling very tired . If your doctor is concerned about you, he or she will refer you to a hospital. There you will see a specialist who may arrange further tests.
If you are worried and need advice/someone to talk to there is plenty of support available such as The Irish Cancer Society, The Marie Keating Foundation and Lymphoma Support Ireland. Rememer your friends and family are there to help so talk to them too.
For more information, contact the Vice-President / Welfare Officer